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2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Core. Photo: Supplied
 
 
Stephen Ottley | Jun, 20 2018 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen is adding some working class to its powerful V6 Amarok range.

The German brand will expand its Amarok V6 line-up with a new entry-level Core model in October. It will be powered by the same 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel as the rest of the range but tuned for 165kW of power and 550Nm of torque instead of the 190kW/580Nm offered by the updated Ultimate model.

It will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard initially and Volkswagen Australia’s Commercial Vehicles division is also pushing to offer a manual gearbox in the future.

While final specifications haven’t been announced, the company did confirm it will come with 17-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera and washable vinyl floors as standard.

Pricing also hasn’t been confirmed but the company indicated the Core V6 would start at less than $50,000.

The V6 accounts for 70 per cent of Amarok sales in Australia and that success has helped the local operation become the first market to have the Core on sale. But VW Australian Commerical Vehicles boss Carlos Santos said the company would continue to offer the four-cylinder models alongside the V6.

“I think four-cylinder has a space with our fleet customers, but also private buyers,” Santos said.

Volkswagen also confirmed some more updates to the 2019-model Golf range, with the entry-level 110TSI model being renamed Trendline, sitting underneath the Comfortline and Highline model grades.

Also new is an R-Line option package for the Polo city car. Priced from $1500, the new package consists 16-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, new bumpers and a rear spoiler.

 
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