Golf-based ‘Alltruck’ babyish analeptic could become an affordable another to agent dual-cab 4×4 utes
German car behemothic Volkswagen is currently crunching the numbers to see if a bunched ute is financially achievable – and this absolute apprehension provides a abeyant examination of the new vehicle.
Created by KDesign, the computer generated angel draws accessible afflatus from the accessible Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon and provides an absorbing booty on how VW’s ‘Alltruck’ or inferior Amarok could end up looking.
If it gets the blooming ablaze to attempt adjoin a growing cardinal of affairs utes, such as the accessible US-built Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick, Volkswagen’s proposed babyish ute would about absolutely be bogus in the Americas.
With its aloft ride height, wheel-arch aegis and nominal rear tray, the baby Golf-based analeptic architecture looks accurate and tidy and could alike kickstart an automotive cast not apparent back the Suzuki Mighty Boy and Subaru Brumby ancient in 1988 and 1994 respectively.
The apprehension employs the front-end architecture of the accessible Volkswagen Golf Mk8 hatchback, but squarer and added asperous administration agnate to the Amarok’s would added acceptable be active on the final assembly adaptation (if it happens).
Expect to see elements of the 2018 Volkswagen Taroq abstraction ute to accord the German brand’s baby ute a tougher, added commonsensical look.
The compact, two-seat tray-back would best acceptable be powered by small-capacity four-cylinder petrol and agent engines akin to both chiral and DSG automated transmissions.
But the admeasurement of its off-road adequacy ability not be uch added than the Golf Alltrack’s, acceptation a blow added arena approval than the accepted Golf and, perhaps, the accessible of a Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
While it won’t accept the towing or load-lugging accommodation of the Volkswagen Amarok, the baby ute would accommodate the cast with a able alms based on the aforementioned modular MQB belvedere that underpins the Golf – which would beggarly it brings affluence of tech toys, animal comforts and affluence features.
Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh afresh declared that the abstraction of a bunched ute was actuality advised by the brand, and VW would ambition an entry-level price-point of about $US25,000 ($A34,000) if the activity was green-lit.
“I anticipate you see Ford is discussing this and Hyundai is acutely accomplishing one as well. It’s article account attractive it,” he told Autoline TV.
Volkswagen already builds MQB-based cartage in Mexico (Puebla) and the United States (Tennessee).
“That abate belvedere sits in Puebla already, so it’s easier to accomplish it bottomward there … against Chattanooga area we would accept to adapt or barrage an all-new platform,” said Keogh.
“The amount base is a little bigger in Puebla, but the USMCA [free barter agreement] base is a little bigger in Chattanooga. But we would run the math,” said the VW’s USA chief.
Sadly while Ford’s and Hyundai’s Australian operations haven’t disqualified out bringing a cheaper, smaller, safer and added able affairs ute to Oz, Volkswagen Australia has already declared it is not interested, arguing that about 90 per cent of all Amarok utes are now awash with V6s.
“We don’t see an aperture for a bunched variant,” Volkswagen Australia’s accumulated communications bang-up Paul Pottinger ahead told carsales.
Expected to access in 2022, the second-generation Amarok ute will be based on the all-new 2021 Ford Ranger and is accepted to abide to action four-cylinder and V6 turbo-diesel powertrains.