Remember when Toyota released the Hilux GR Sport late last year? It wasn’t your typical pickup as it received a tweaked suspension, more aggressive exterior, as well as a stock V6 engine. Obviously, the V6 engine was not a standard offering since it served as a Gazoo Racing special.
But what if we told you the engine is actually available on the recently revealed 2021 Hilux? Well if you live in Saudi Arabia (or the Middle East) you can specify the refreshed Hilux with the six cylinder engine.
Standard on the premium 4×4 variant is the evergreen 4.0-liter 1GR-FE V6. Much like the GR Sport Hilux, it produces a healthy 238 PS with 376 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to a six-speed automatic transmission with 4-wheel drive. It might not have as much torque as the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel which produces 500Nm, but it does produce more power than the 204bhp in the 2.8.
If you prefer a smaller gasoline engine for the Hilux, the pickup can also be fitted with the 2.7-liter 2TR-FE four-cylinder engine. It is the same engine as that of the petrol Fortuner models and it develops 166 PS with 245 Nm of torque. Unlike the V6 which only comes with an automatic, the 2.7-liter engine can be mated to a five-speed manual transmission and is available in a 4×4 or 4×2 version.
The 2.4-liter and 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engines are also available in Saudi Arabia and other markets in the Middle East. But since gasoline is relatively cheap in this region, and most prefer a large engine under the hood of vehicles, it’s no surprise that the Hilu is available with a gasoline V6.
But at SAR 162,610 (or around 2,140,237 PhP), the Hilux, the V6-powered top of the line, isn’t exactly affordable. And if you’re planning on sending one for yourself to the Philippines, expect to pay extra.
What is the best alternative? Perhaps you could replace the diesel mill with a used V6. After all, the Prados and FJ Cruisers sold here in the country also come with the 4.0-liter V6.