New VW Amarok – Volkswagen teases first picture of next-gen 2022 pickup

  • First official picture of second-generation Amarok
  • Will be based on the same platform as the 2022 Ford Ranger
  • Design sketch hints at VW and Ford influences – we examine them in detail

2022 VW Amarok design sketch

This is the first official picture of the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok. It’s a design sketch that was revealed at the annual VW media conference, and represents first sight of VW’s new pickup, which will be built as a joint venture with Ford.

The new Amarok is set to go on sale in 2022, and will based on the same underlying chassis as the next Ford Ranger.

What does this image of the 2022 Amarok tell us?

There’s nothing overly surprising here. The sketch features the now familiar VW full-width grille, which blends straight into narrow headlights.

However, our resident pickup nerd, Richard Kilpartrick, immediately picked up a few areas that may also be familiar to current Ranger drivers, while also pointing out that it seems to differ from the early prototype of the next-generation Ranger that was caught out in the open in 2019.

Will the second-generation Amarok look different to the 2022 Ranger?

Here's Richard:

'This rendering differs quite a lot from the prototype Ranger we've seen already - but it has a couple of elements that link it rather neatly to the current Ranger.

'Seeing through the concept to pickup reality, suggests a more evolutionary approach. Not only has the Amarok's window line gone from a straight edge to having a small Ford-like kink on the rear doors, the bonnet line - almost clamshell above the headlights and flowing into the windscreen pillars - could be lifted straight from the current Ranger!

'Most pickups are evolutionary - from the L200's dramatic restyles, to the steady progress of the Isuzu TF; this suggests the Amarok will benefit from the more mature Ranger's development - and perhaps we'll see engine and all-wheel drive transmission technology from VW moving Ford's well-established truck forward and more upmarket.'

None of the above should really be a surprise, for as we recently learned, there are already Volkswagen teams embedded at Ford’s commercial vehicle headquarters at Dunton in Essex, working alongside the Blue Oval on the design development of the new products the two van giants will be building together.

What’s happening with the current Amarok?

As we were one of the first media outlets to report, production of the current Amarok stopped in May 2020, as VW needs to begin preparing the factory to build the new ID Buzz electric van.

We’ll bring you more info on the all-new Amarok as soon as it becomes available.

Also read:

>> VW and Ford strategic alliance to build new vans and pickups

>> Next-gen Ford Ranger – leaked photos

>> Volkswagen Amarok discontinued

>> Volkswagen Amaroks for sale via Parkers