The idea of bringing a midsize truck to the U.S. was off, but now it's on again
A Volkswagen pickup truck? Sounds like it could happen.
Volkswagen, having shelved the idea of offering a pickup truck in the U.S., tossing it around again, according to a report from Autoblog.
With General Motors reentering the midsize truck category with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, now VW is giving the segment a close eye as well.
The brand's executives are starting to "discuss it again and whether it's attractive for us," says Michael Horn, North American CEO for VW, in an interview with Autoblog at the Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen has been selling a cool little pickup called the Amarok around the world, but not in the U.S. It's often sold through the commercial trucks side of the business, and it revealed a new concept version last May.
Pickuptrucks.com reports that Amarok is an Inuit word for wolf. It has been produced in two- and four-door versions. The concept dresses it up even more to make for 22-inch wheels. At least in the concept, it had a 272-horsepower turbo-diesel V-6 to power it.
But while the wheel/tire package is enlarged, the ride is lowered — by more than 3 inches.
That's all the better for putting to the ground the grunt provided by a 272-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6, and this no wimpy engine — it pumps out 442 pounds-feet of torque.
That power flows through an eight-speed automatic transmission to a full-time all-wheel drivetrain, all of which means the truck can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, VW claims.
VW notes that this is "not bad" for a vehicle whose cargo area measures 37.67 square feet. In the case of the Amarok concept, that's enough room for a go-kart racer to sit atop boxes holding all the replacement parts, tools and gear needed for a race weekend.