Could it happen? Sure. However, late last year Stefan Jacoby, the former CEO of Volkswagen of America who recently left to head Volvo, told us that VW would have to sell at least 100,000 trucks in the U.S. to make a viable business case. The Amarok is currently built in Argentina and would be subject to the so-called "chicken tax," which levies a 25 percent tariff on pickups imported from most countries. VW is also stymied by the location of its dealers, many of which are far from the suburban and rural locations where trucks are popular.
And we wouldn't look for the Amarok to arrive with one of its sweet 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines because it would cost too much to clean them up to meet U.S. emissions regulations.
Our guess would be that the Amarok arrives someday with both six-cylinder and four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engines, similar to Ford's upcoming 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine for the F-150.
[Source: Car & Driver]