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2017 Volkswagen Amarok; more details released, interior revealed

Volkswagen has released more details and images of the 2017 Amarok following its initial unveiling earlier this month. For the first time, we get a good look at the interior too.

2017 Volkswagen Amarok

The interior of the 2017 Amarok has been vastly updated compared with the outgoing model, with finer quality materials making up most of the fixtures, a redesigned instrument panel with horizontal and vertical themes replacing the current round layout, and an updated dash design.

Within the dash is a new touch-screen interface that comes with App Connect and digital radio, along with a clever new voice recognition and amplifier system that not only enhances hands-free talk, it is also capable of picking up the voice of front-seat passengers and amplify them for the rear-seat passengers through the rear speakers.

2017 Volkswagen Amarok-interior

Speaking of passengers, Volkswagen is introducing new ergoComfort seats for the front, and optional 14-way power adjustable ergoComfort items for boosted long-journey comfort. Meanwhile, the driver gets a new steering wheel with button controls and optional paddle shifters.

The 2017 Amarok will be offered with Park Pilot parking assistance for the first time, making parking easy, while some variants will come with up to four on-board 12V power sockets, a colour 3D instrument cluster display, stainless steel pedals, and an optional Light & Sight package.

As we already know, the 2017 model debuts a new 3.0-litre TDI turbo-diesel V6 engine option. It produces 165kW and 550Nm, capable of seeing 0-100km/h done and dusted in 7.9 seconds. This engine also offers a top speed of 193km/h, making it one of the swiftest non-V8 diesel utes around.

Volkswagen is launching the new model in Europe before the end of the year, with an Australian debut likely taking place early in 2017.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.