Volkswagen has furnished us with our ideal search nevertheless at the redesigned Amarok mid-dimension pickup truck because of in 2022.
Some visitors will remember that VW’s Volkswagen Group dad or mum in 2019 mentioned it was doing work on a handful of joint initiatives with Ford, which includes platforms, output services, and self-driving technological know-how.
VW past June confirmed that one particular of the joint jobs would be a redesigned Amarok based on the similar T6 body-on-body system as the next Ford Ranger because of out later this calendar year, and on Thursday the automaker’s professional vehicles division provided a revealing teaser of the layout. The teaser hints at a considerably aggressive search for the new pickup. It also suggests VW will stick with the crew taxi design and style of the present Amarok released in 2010.
2022 Ford Ranger spy photographs – Photograph credit rating: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Ford will make the Amarok for VW at a plant in South Africa, with the pickup so significantly only verified for the South American, European and African markets, although the two Ford and VW have left the doorway open to it quite possibly currently being marketed in the United States. That would suggest the Amarok would need to be constructed in the U.S. to prevent the 25% Chicken Tax on imported trucks, which is a feasible outcome thinking of the subsequent Ranger will be developed at the same plant in Michigan where by the latest Ranger is developed. It would make perception for the Amarok and Ranger to share a manufacturing line in the U.S., too, really should a local launch be authorised.
A trademark filing for the Amarok title with the United States Patent and Trademark Office found out in 2018 suggests that VW is at minimum searching at the likelihood. Yet another, less most likely option is VW constructing a different pickup at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The automaker hinted at the risk with 2018’s Atlas Tanoak strategy which was centered on the identical unibody platform as the Atlas SUV by now in manufacturing in Chattanooga. The last VW pickup offered in the U.S. was the small Rabbit which bowed out in 1984.
VW will also develop a new professional car for Ford, in this situation a smaller van based on the Caddy. The tiny van will probable substitute the present Transit Hook up in Ford’s lineup.
2019 Volkswagen Amarok
VW Group will also license to Ford the MEB modular electric powered-motor vehicle system. Ford will use the system for just one or much more EVs to be bought in Europe, the initial of which is thanks in 2023. Ford estimates it could need to have as quite a few as 600,000 units of the MEB more than a 5-6 12 months period of time.
Finally, in the spot of self-driving know-how, VW Group has created an expenditure in Argo AI so that it and Ford now have equal stakes in the self-driving technological innovation startup. The purpose is to produce a secure, robust and trusted self-driving program that Ford and VW can use in mass-made autos to be deployed in fleets offering rides, providing items, and probably other services, precisely in dense, urban facilities.
The first of these for VW Group will show up in 2025, most likely in a really confined service. The vehicles will have Level 4 self-driving capabilty. Stage 4 indicates a car can function devoid of a driver in choose disorders, these as staying limited to parts exactly where there is sufficient map facts, acknowledged as geo-fencing.