Thursday, 19 April 2012

NEWS - Volkswagen Amarok Canyon concept

Seen at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Amarok Canyon concept is a specially-designed vehicle configured for the extreme sport of… wait for it… ‘freestyle kayaking’. It highlights the versatility of pick-ups and the imaginative possibilities when it comes to configurations.

All aspects of the Amarok Canyon concept are designed to meet the requirements of this extreme sport – from the pick-up’s running gear to details of the cargo box. “We are using this extreme concept to illustrate one of the many diverse uses of the Amarok. By tuning its design to an extreme sport, we are bringing the original DNA of the Amarok into focus,” emphasises Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, spokesperson for the Board of Management for the Volkswagen Brand and Head of Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The Canyon concept is taller and wider than the production Amarok, and its colour is also more extreme; finished in ‘Baladi Orange’. The pick-up’s body was raised by 40mm with a body lift kit; and when the larger tyres are included, the concept is a full 85mm taller than the production model. The freestyle pick-up also has roof-mounted auxiliary headlights, and additional visual accents are provided by the smoked rear lights and the colour-contrasting underbody protection. There will be no issue getting into it either, as electrically deployed tread plates will counter the increased height.

The two carbon fibre kayaks are securely mounted to the cargo floor, and this is where the versatile configuration emerges. The rear floor is designed with two formed cut-outs with soft padding, while the kayak bows are mounted on a styling bar with straps for firmly securing the boats. The paddles are firmly latched in place on the inside edge of the tailgate, ready to grab. All other gear – helmets, flotation devices and rafting shoes – are also stowed securely: the helmets in nets on the front wall of the cargo bed, and the rest of the gear in smaller boxes that can be locked with watertight lids.

Inside, a special colour scheme was used with many details and new accents. The leather seats have two-tone styling and the decorative seams on the seats take on the orange-red colour of the body. This colour is also reflected in numerous other details such as in the seams of the three-spoke steering wheel and gear shift lever trim, the safety belts and the air outlets. Housed in a cowl in the cockpit are three auxiliary instruments, showing the climbing and tilt angles of the Amarok, useful information on extreme off-road drives.

The Amarok concept is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI bi-turbo with 180 PS, which provides a maximum torque of 400 Nm. The switchable 4MOTION all-wheel drive system – together with a reduction gearbox and differential lock at the rear axle – ensures effective power transfer to the wheels even in the toughest off-road conditions.

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