Since Ford and Volkswagen first began talking about forming a partnership, one of the most notable fruits of that tie-up was going to be a Ford Ranger-based next-gen Volkswagen Amarok pickup. Almost exactly one year ago, VW released a teaser sketch of that future model, but things have changed a lot over the last year, including the fact that VW and Ford finalized their historic partnership. Now, a new, updated sketch of the forthcoming Volkswagen Amarok has surfaced as well.
The most notable thing about the next-gen Amarok is that it doesn’t look anything like the Ranger, which is precisely what VW was striving for. “It’s not just going to be a fantastic pickup. It’s going to be a genuine Volkswagen too – with clear DNA in both technology and design,” said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles CEO Carsten Intra.
Volkswagen ended production of the current-gen Amarok at its Hanover, Germany plant last year. The next-gen pickup will be built at the Ford Silverton Assembly Plant in South Africa, where the automaker is investing $686 million to increase production from 168,000 vehicles per year to 200,000 units and add 1,200 jobs. Rangers and Amaroks produced in Silverton will be exported to over 100 countries around the world.
In addition to the new Ranger-based Amarok, the VW-Ford mashup will also lead to a new Volkswagen Transporter van built alongside the Ford Transit Custom at the Ford Otosan Assembly Plant in Turkey, a Ford version of VW’s new Caddy compact van, a one-ton van produced by Ford, and a compact Ford EV built on VW’s MEB platform. Altogether, the two automakers expect these joint projects to produce up to 8 million units.