With the global reveal of the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok done and dusted, we now have a better understanding of what we will be receiving here in Australia early next year.
We know the next generation VW Amarok is based off the new Ford Ranger platform, so as you could imagine the specs between both models are fairly similar, except when it comes to interior and exterior design.
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2022 & NEW 2023 VW Amarok v 2022 & NEW 2023 Ford Ranger: SPEC BATTLE!
As you can see from the below data, there are some subtle differences which are worth discussing in terms of overall specs.
Wading depth has been increased from 500 millimetres to 800mm on the 2023 Amarok, however this was already the case with the 2022 Ford Ranger. Still, it’s good to see in improvement.
The 2023 Ford Ranger is slightly longer on paper than the 2023 Amarok, yet they both share the same wheelbase – which makes perfect sense considering they share the same chassis.
The Ford takes the win ever so slightly when it comes to rampover and approach angles, however not by much; and for those who fit aftermarket suspension and bull bars, this would be a moot point essentially. Still, it’s interesting to see the models compared side by side, and see how they have evolved through the generations.
|Specification||2022 Ford Ranger||2023 Ford Ranger||2022 VW Amarok||2023 VW Amarok|
|Ramp over||25 degrees||23 degrees||23 degrees||21 degrees|
|Approach||29 degrees||30 degrees||28 degrees||29 degrees|
|Departure||21 degrees||N/A||23.6 degrees||21 degrees|
We now know Volkswagen will offer five different engines in the 2023 Amarok lineup, all turbocharged, four diesels and one petrol.
Historically, the previous generation Amarok offered two engine choices: a 2.0L bi-turbo diesel engine and a 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel engine.
The previous generation Ford Ranger had three engines offered throughout its lifetime, the larger 3.2L 5-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, a 2.0L bi-turbo and a 2.2L turbo-diesel.
There are three engine options in the 2023 Ford Ranger lineup also, ranging in capacity from 2.0L to 3.0L; all turbo-diesel with one twin turbo. Let’s take a look at their power figures.
|2022 Ford Ranger|
|3.2L 5-cylinder turbo-diesel: 147kW @ 3000rpm 470Nm @ 1750-2500rpm|
|2.0L Bi-turbo diesel: 157kW @ 3750rpm 500Nm @ 1750-2000rpm|
|2.2L turbo-diesel: 118kW @ 3200rpm 385Nm @ 1600rpm|
|2023 Ford Ranger|
|2.0L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel 125kW and 405Nm|
|2.0L 4-cylinder twin-turbo 154kW and 500Nm|
|3.0L V6 turbo-diesel 184kW and 600Nm|
|2022 VW Amarok|
|2.0L 4-cylinder bi-turbo: 132kW @4000rpm 420Nm @1750rpm|
|3.0L 6-cylinder turbo-diesel: 190kW @ 3250rpm 580Nm @ 1400rpm (in top spec 580 trim)|
|2023 VW Amarok|
|2.0L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel: 110kW|
|2.0L 4-Cylinder turbo-diesel: 125kW|
|2.0L 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel: 150-154kW|
|3.0L turbo-diesel: 177-184kW|
|2.3L turbocharged petrol: 222kW|
|(torque specs to be updated in the future)|
2023 Volkswagen Amarok pricing announced
Just how much will the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok cost? Wonder no more, as we have just received official pricing from Volkswagen Australia.
For the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok range, there are five models available. The Amarok Core, Amarok Life, Amarok Style, PanAmericana, and Adventura, and below is a cost breakdown of all models.
2.0 TDI405 4MOTION Selectable 6 Speed Manual: $50,990
2.0 TDI405 4MOTION Selectable 6 Speed Auto: $52,990
2.0 TDI500 4MOTION Selectable 10 Speed Auto: $56,990
2.0 TDI500 4MOTION Selectable 10 Speed Auto: $66,990
3.0 TDI600 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $70,990
3.0 TDI600 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $75,990
3.0 TDI600 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $79,990
2.3 TSI452 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $79,990
How does the 2023 VW Amarok compare to the 2023 Ford Ranger price wise?
Pricing has recently changed across the Ford Ranger line-up; this is just how much the Next-Gen Ford Ranger 4x4 will cost in 2023.
2.0L Turbo-Diesel 6AT Part- Time 4WD: $55,587
2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $59,192
2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $60,275
2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $67,751
3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD: $71,047
2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $70,326
3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD $73,622
2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD $73,931
3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD $77,227
3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD $83,201
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