By Ryan Bubear
The first teaser sketch of the new, second-generation Volkswagen Amarok has been released, with the bakkie set to be based on the next-gen Ford Ranger.
The German firm showed the sketch its annual media conference, where VW Group chairman Herbert Diess confirmed the “successor to the Amarok” would be the “first fruit” of the firm’s collaboration with Ford.
“Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has taken a major strategic step through its co-operation with Ford,” Diess said in his speech.
We should point out the production model is unlikely to be nearly as extreme as the version in the sketch, which features impossibly large wheels (wrapped in chunky rubber), flared wheel arches and hiked suspension. The front end, though, is an interesting take on the Wolfsburg-based firm’s latest family face (and oddly appears to feature a touch of Mitsubishi, too).
Of course, VW has already signed a contract with Ford for the Blue Oval brand to develop a successor for the Amarok bakkie, effectively confirming the bakkie would be based on the next-generation Ranger.
Back in January 2019, the two firms announced the first “formal agreements in a broad alliance” that would include the US brand engineering and building “medium-sized” bakkies “for both companies”. A joint statement back then indicated the first bakkies built under the alliance would hit the market “as early as 2022”.