Volkswagen and Walkinshaw are taking their partnership off the beaten track.

The Amarok W580X will be on sale in April 2022, and follows the road-focused W580 and W580S released earlier in 2021.

It’ll go head-to-head with the new Nissan Navara Warrior, along with the Toyota HiLux Rugged X and Ford Ranger Raptor.

The X doesn’t deviate too far from the formula laid down by the more road-focused W580 .

Like before, it gets unique 18-inch alloy wheels, a bespoke exterior, and plenty of Walkinshaw branding inside.

The major changes have been wrought under the skin. Along with a suspension lift, the X will get a set of twin-tube MTV dampers, rock sliders, and branded bash plates.

Bespoke underbody protection and the option for a snorkel round out the major changes.

Power still comes from the Amarok’s most powerful engine, a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 making 190kW of power and 580Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels through a full-time four-wheel drive system.

Standard equipment in the Amarok W580X will include:

  • 18-inch forged alloy wheels and AT tyres
  • Front suspension lift
  • Off-road tuned suspension with MTV twin-tube damper
  • Rubber Mats
  • New front upper grille design, bumper inserts
  • LED fog lamps
  • Velour seat trim with Walkinshaw branding
  • Heated front seats
  • Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Multi-function steering wheel with paddles
  • Black exterior mirrors and rear bumper
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring
  • Custom bash plates, rock sliders
  • LED light bar
  • Seikel underbody protection and breathers

Pricing for the new Amarok off-roader will be announced closer to launch.

The W580 kicks off at $72,490 before on-roads, and the W580S starts at $79,990 before on-roads.

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Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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