VW’s first 4wd pick-up will arrive in the UK next summer

Volkswagen’s new pickup – called the Amarok – will go on sale in September next year.

A four-door double cab will be available from launch, with a single-cab model following in 2011, Both will be made at the VW factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Max payload is 1.15t and maximum towing limit is 2.8t. The cargo area is 1.55m long and 1.62m long, with a best-in-class width between the wheelarches of 1.22m, says VW.

The 5.25m-long vehicle will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive and either switchable or permanent all-wheel drive.

The full-time all-wheel drive version is a rarity in the pick-up sector, and uses a Torsen differential to distribute drive in a 40:60 ratio to the front and rear axles. A rear diff-lock is available.

The Amarok is offered with an electronic differential lock (EDL) and off-road ABS to shorten braking distances in off-road conditions or on gravel roads.

At speeds less than 20mph it also activates VW’s Hill Descent Assist and there’s also Hill Hold Assist, which prevents the vehicle rolling back on hills when the throttle isn’t pushed.

Although power outputs are similar to those of rival pickups, VW has opted for a pair of 2-litre engines (rather than the usual 2.5- or 3-litre powerplants). Power output is 163hp, with torque of 400Nm or 122hp with maximum torque of 340Nm.

Both engines have six-speed manual transmission and CO2 emissions of less than 200g/km. prices have yet to be announced.