For the first time ever, the Volkswagen Amarok will be available with a 3.0-liter V6 TDI producing 220 horsepower and 405 pound feet at 1,500 RPM. In Europe, of course.

Isn’t this a truck that could do so well in America as well? Volkswagen doesn’t think so, because while they will flood the U.S. market with a wide range of SUVs and crossovers in the next five years, the Amarok is not part of that army.

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In Europe, the 3.0 V6 will be available in three tunes ranging from 160hp to 220hp, linked to three different drive systems, including a rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive variant with a six-speed manual, and a permanent all-wheel drive model with a Torsen differential linked to an 8-speed automatic.

With this gearbox, VW claims a combined fuel consumption of 7.6 liters/100 km (an equivalent of 31 not EPA-rated mpg), while the most powerful Amarok V6's maximum towing capacity is rated at 3.5 tonnes (3.92 US tons).

3.0 TDI. Photo credit: Volkswagen

Despite how American buyers might feel about TDI engines following the Dieselgate, Audi is still planning to bring its V8 TDI to the States, hidden in the most powerful SQ7 ever.

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