Volkswagen Amarok gets new Auto Gearbox
From next year the VW Amarok gets some new gearbox options which include an innovative 8-speed automatic transmission. This new transmission system which gives an MPG better than the manual version with CO2 emissions of 199 g/km.
Sporting a new 8-speed automatic transmission, the Amarok is the first pick-up in its class to have a transmission system of this kind.
The low engine revs that are generated also have a beneficial effect in terms of low-noise comfort. To isolate the drivetrain as ideally as possible from engine vibrations, enhanced torque converters with optimised vibration dampers are also used.
Combining the new automatic gearbox with the engine’s Stop/Start function is not only something unique – it is also convenient. The driver does not need to do anything special here: when the brake pedal is pressed at a stop, the engine shuts off, and when the brake pedal is released, the TDI immediately starts up again.
In order for the Amarok’s Stop/Start system to function smoothly throughout every phase, the transmission has to provide sufficient oil pressure to ensure slip-free power transfer within the gear-shifting components. Therefore, the system has an electric pump, which maintains the necessary stable oil pressure within the hydraulic system during the engine’s ‘Stop’ phase.
This great technological sophistication – combined with BlueMotion Technology that includes battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres – is clearly noticeable in the vehicle’s fuel consumption. Unlike comparable rival models, fuel consumption and CO2 emission values of Volkswagen’s premier pick-up with automatic transmission are lower than those of the 120-kW version with manual transmission – just 7.6 litres per 100 km and 199 g/km respectively – making it the most fuel-efficient in its class.
The new automatic transmission is combined with permanent 4-wheel drive and a new engine: a 132 kW / 180 PS 2.0-litre bi-turbo TDI. It has a maximum torque of 420 Newton metres and thus produces very good driving performance and a relaxed ride – even when towing or with a heavy payload. The top speed of 179 km/h is reached in 7th gear. It only takes 8.5 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h.
Relaxed driving is also assured with a trailer load or high payload. With the automatic gearbox, the Amarok’s towing capacity has now been increased to 3.2 metric tonnes (up to 12% gradient) – which is a superior value in its class.
The Amarok with double cab will be available in all three versions with this innovative, powerful and at the same time fuel-efficient and comfortable drive system starting in January.