Amarok Canyon – Impressive Concept for Recreational Sports Enthusiasts
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting an extreme version of the successful Amarok pick-up at the Geneva International Motor Show in the shape of its Amarok Canyon concept vehicle. Specially configured for the popular extreme sport of ‘freestyle kayaking’, this impressive show car illustrates how versatile pick-up configurations can be created.
Picture the scene: it’s early on Saturday morning, the weekend is young, the air is fresh, and the last remaining snow drifts melt into the mountain rivers that flow over their verdant green banks. It’s time for action; the two racing kayaks are quickly loaded and securely strapped to the cargo bed of the Amarok Canyon, and they’re off. First, a quick drive on the motorway and then over twisty mountain roads. The next few kilometres take the truck over a muddy forest track, and the last 500 metres over a trail with large chunks of broken rock; but thanks to the off-road capabilities of this Amarok pick-up, the destination – a fast-moving white water creek – has been reached. Quickly, they grab their carbon fibre kayaks and gear – helmet, spray skirt and paddle from the cargo box – and the boats are launched into the swirling waters for a white water rodeo. With power and mastery over body and boat!, a pair of figures make their way out into the waves – this is a high-exertion battle with the elements, where the stress of everyday life washes away. This is exactly how a perfect day might begin for a freestyle kayaker. This type of competition represents one of the most extreme forms of water sports, and it is enjoying increasing popularity.
All aspects of the Amarok Canyon concept being shown in Geneva are designed to meet the requirements of this extreme sport – from the pick-up’s running gear to details of the cargo box. “We are using this extreme concept to illustrate one of the many diverse uses of the Amarok. By tuning its design to an extreme sport, we are bringing the original DNA of the Amarok into focus,” emphasises Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, spokesperson for the Board of Management for the Volkswagen Brand and Head of Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
The concept vehicle is significantly taller and wider than the production Amarok, and its colour is also more exotic. The pick-up’s body, which shimmers in the three-layer effects of its bright ‘Baladi Orange’ paint, was raised by 40 mm with a body lift kit; when the tyres are included, the concept is a full 85 mm taller than the production model. The freestyle pick-up also has auxiliary headlights mounted on its roof. Providing additional visual accents are the smoked rear lights and the colour-contrasting underbody protection. Two electrically deployed tread plates make it easy for all occupants to step into and out of the vehicle, despite the raised ride height. The tread plates were designed to be visually unobtrusive, and they retract when the vehicle is moving to maintain the standard Amarok Canyon’s traditional high level of off-road capability.
As noted, the concept car’s width has also increased to accommodate outdoor activities. The wheel housings were widened by 35 mm on each side to make room for the big AT tyres, size 275/65 R 18, mounted on ‘Durban’ type wheels painted in ‘High Gloss Adamantium Dark’.
The two carbon fibre kayaks are securely mounted to the cargo floor: at the rear, the floor is designed with two formed cut-outs with soft padding, while the kayak bows are mounted on a styling bar in ‘High Gloss Adamantium Dark’ with straps for firmly securing the boats. The paddles are firmly latched in place on the inside surface of the easy-to-operate tailgate, ready to grab. All other gear – white water helmets, flotation devices and rafting shoes – are also stowed securely: the helmets in nets on the front wall of the cargo bed, and the rest of the gear in smaller boxes that can be locked with watertight lids.
Inside, a special colour scheme was used with many details and new accents. The leather seats have two-tone styling: the seating surfaces are in ‘sterling’ colour, while the head restraints and side supports are elegantly offset in ‘adamant’ colour. The decorative seams on the seats take on the orange-red colour of the body. This colour is also reflected in numerous other details such as in the seams of the three-spoke steering wheel and gear shift lever trim, the safety belts and the air outlets. Housed in a cowl in the cockpit are three auxiliary instruments. They show the climbing and tilt angles of the Amarok, which gives the driver key information for extra safety on extreme off-road drives.
To enable maximum off-road capability, the Amarok concept vehicle is powered by a torque-strong 2.0 TDI biturbo with 132 kW, which provides a maximum torque of 400 Newton metres over a speed range of 1,500-2,250 rpm. The switchable 4MOTION all-wheel drive system – together with a reduction gearbox and differential lock at the rear axle – ensures effective power transfer to the wheels even in the toughest off-road conditions.