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VW Just Gave Us a Glimpse of Its Badass Ford Ranger-Based Pickup


March 19, 2020 Cars By

Regrettably for those of us Americans who always want more off-roaders to choose from, Volkswagen decided a little while ago that it wouldn’t be entering the U.S market with a small, conventional pickup. But the company is still producing pickups globally…and one of the major components of the Ford-VW alliance was giving VW access to the Ranger’s truck platform.

Now, Volkswagen has teased its new Ranger-based truck, the Amarok — and the design rendering makes the truck looks like an off-road beast on par with the APG Prorunner Series 1 Ranger.

VW’s illustration throws in every off-road-looking feature you can think of, except for a dramatic dual vent hood like the new Ram Rebel TRX. The truck in the drawing features wide fender flares, giant off-road tires, heavy-duty shocks, a winch-capable front bumper, tow hooks and a skid plate. We’re guessing the new VW Amarok that hits production won’t look this hardcore, but it seems like a clear statement of intent about the direction VW wants to take the truck.

VW is expected to launch and begin selling the Amarok in many global markets later this year. That said, as with most car manufacturer plans during the coronavirus outbreak, those plans may be uncertain. What’s is regrettably clear: this truck, like many a cool VW, will never appear in America.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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