Volkswagen's new Amarok Atacama brings the desert to the urban jungle
By Kyle Lindsay
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:00
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is turning up the heat this summer with the arrival of the new limited edition Amarok Atacama. Named after the vast desert region of South America that covers Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, the Amarok Atacama features an equally broad and impressive specification that is guaranteed to appeal to adventurers and city-dwellers alike.
On sale now through Volkswagen’s UK Van Centre network, the new Amarok Atacama is priced from £26,850 (basic excl. VAT) and features enough standard equipment to keep even the most demanding of explorers happy. The latest addition to the acclaimed Amarok range is powered by a 2.0-litre BiTDI 180 PS engine with a choice of two transmissions: a six-speed manual with selectable 4MOTION four-wheel drive or an eight-speed automatic with permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive as standard.
Available in three colours – Candy White, Horizon Blue and Deep Black – the Amarok Atacama comes with a raft of design and styling features that give it a striking look. These include bi-xenon headlights, black rear styling bars, black rear bumper with integrated step and 19-inch ‘Cantera’ alloy wheels. The load bed features a ‘Durabed’ protective coating, while distinctive black foil finish on the B-pillars and unique ‘Atacama’ side decals complete the design package.
Inside, even the hardiest adventurer can sit back and relax with luxurious Vienna leather upholstery, a newly designed leather multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Climatronic 2-Zone air conditioning. What’s more, should drivers venture into unfamiliar territory, the Atacama’s standard RNS310 sat nav system will help them get back on track.
As with all Amarok models, the Atacama is available with a vast selection of Volkswagen accessories. The range includes practical additions such as towbars, tonneau covers and waterproof seat covers, along with styling features including chrome surrounds for the fog lamps, indicators and tailgate handle. All can be fitted by the supplying retailer with most coming with a two-year warranty.
The Amarok Atacama is available now through Volkswagen Van Centres. Around 500 of the special edition model are expected to find UK homes. For more information on Volkswagen’s Amarok range visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk