Ever since Volkswagen launched the first generation Amarok in 2010, there have been rumors that one day the midsize pickup truck will get an SUV sibling. This did not happen with the generation that continues to be sold in Brazil, but, by all indications, the road has been smooth for the new Amarok.
Developed jointly with the Ford Ranger, the new generation Volkswagen Amarok will have an SUV version, according to a report then. However, unlike the Ford Everest, Ranger SUV, which is similar to the Toyota SW4 and Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Amarok SUV will not have the same mission.
The concept of the model is that it is a production version of Volkswagen’s best ID.Ruggdzz. The SUV was supposed to be presented in 2018 as a concept and went into production shortly after. The original project was a heavy-duty, off-road, electric prototype, but built on the standard MEB monoblock platform. Now, however, plans have changed.
ID.Ruggdzz will move away from the MEB base to use Ford’s T6, which the new generation Volkswagen Amarok is based on. It will be fully electric so it doesn’t compete with the Ford Everest, as well as having a different footprint. In general, mid-size photo-derived SUVs have seven seats and are quite large.
In terms of ID.Ruggdzz, Volkswagen wants to create a competitor to the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner, without the need for seven seats. The SUV will be big, strong and designed for extreme roads, so it will have a very square and eye-catching look. It’s a way to explore a place that still has few rivals.
Lightning on stage
The base Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok are prepared today to receive combustion engines and hybrids, but not for total electricity. However, Carsten Intra, CEO of Volkswagen’s commercial division, said in an interview that this new type of engine is something that “we are working on together with Ford”.
It is worth noting that the blue oval brand has experience in converting chassis images under the body into electric vehicles. I’ve seen the F-150 Lightning which was born from the regular F-150 and has been a huge success in the US. Missing the opportunity to launch an electric Ranger is something Ford (and VW with the Amarok) don’t want to miss.