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Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers

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On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers

Kayakers are a pretty niche demographic to build an entire car around. But a concept car or truck? Well, Volkswagen believes they're worthy. The new Amorak Canyon concept is a reconfigured Amorak aimed directly at paddlers.

VW really missed the boat (get it!) on its name. Canyon is such a generic name, but the Amorak 'Yak would have better identified the model's purpose while rhyming all at the same time. Let's talk next time, V-Dub.

The automaker describes the Canyon as an extreme version of the Amorak pickup designed specifically for the sport of freestyle kayaking. While we don't expect to see a production version, VW says that it demonstrates how versatile the Amorak platform can be.

The Canyon is wider and higher than the production Amorak. Two kayaks - fancy carbon fiber ones in the concept - can be mounted in the bed, which VW equips with special boat mounting hardware. The bed also has cargo nets for storing helmets, boxes for miscellaneous gear, and paddle mounts on the tailgate.

The Amorak Canyon also gets some mechanical tweaks aimed at the specifics of kayak voyages, which may entail put-ins accessed by remote, rugged dirt roads. The concept is powered by a "torque heavy" 2.0-liter TDI bi-turbo engine with 178 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine works in conjunction with a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, reduction gearbox and differential lock at the rear axle.

The new concept gains 85 mm of height thanks to its tires and lift kit. VW equips the concept with color-contrasting protection plates down below and auxiliary headlights up top. Tread plates allow driver and passenger to step down from the tall vehicle with ease, and they retract so they don't get in the way during drives.

The Amorak Canyon is brushed with 'Baladi Orange' paint and rolls on ‘High Gloss Adamantium Dark' wheels. The interior sports two-toned leather seats (which don't seem like the best choice for a water-sport vehicle) with body-color orange stitching and accents. Added instrumentation gives driver data about the climbing and tilt angles, in addition to standard readings.



  • Amarok Canyon customised for ‘freestyle kayaking'
  • Geneva concept illustrates versatility of successful Amarok pickup

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.

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; and 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, and additional visual accents are provided by 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 bi-turbo with 180 PS, which provides a maximum torque of 400 Newton metres over engine speeds ranging from 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.

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