The gas-powered Toyota Fortuner is no more, at least here in the Philippines. The remaining stock of pre-facelift petrol Fortuners will be the last of its kind, and it's all diesel power from now on. However, that's not the case outside of Southeast Asia.
In the Middle East, the gas-fed Fortuner is alive and well. Not only is the 2.7-liter Dual VVT-i engine still around, but there's also even a 4.0-liter V6 option. Yes, you can get a similar 1GR six-cylinder mill from the Prado or FJ Cruiser, but in a Fortuner. We're pretty sure our car-loving kababayans in UAE are aware of this model. But you have to admit, there is a certain novelty about a V6 Fortuner.
Like the models sold here, the Fortuner V6 benefits from all the updates of the facelifted version. So this one gets the redesigned LED headlights and taillights, the more prominent grille, larger foglight housings, and new alloy wheels. The thing is, the Fortuner V6 doesn't get the LTD/Legender treatment. The 4.0-liter Fortuner looks much like the base models, but that's what makes it sneakily brisk for what it is.
The V6 in the Fortuner makes 238 PS and 376 Nm of torque. It doesn't quite make the same power as the Prado (275 PS, 381 Nm), but 4.0-liter packs the most punch in the current engine line-up, at least in terms of horsepower. Performance claims see 0 to 100 km/h times of a shade under nine seconds. As for fuel consumption, well, let's not go there. Toyota Middle East does say it can do 9.4 kilometers per liter, but we reckon that's for (very) light traffic.
That said, the upgraded 2.8-liter turbodiesel has impressive figures. It may have a lot less horsepower at 204 PS, but it more than makes up for it when it comes to torque. At 500 Nm, it's 124 Nm more than the V6. With that, the two might even have similar performance, and the diesel easily trounces the gas version when it comes to fuel economy. A petrol V6 also beats the diesel in in terms of refinement and sound. You have to admit, revving a V6 is more satisfying than cranking up a diesel.
So, would the six-cylinder version be worth the extra fuel bills? Probably not in the Philippines given our fuel prices, but in the Middle East it doesn't matter: gas is cheap.
As for our kababayans in the Middle East, do any of you own a Fortuner V6? If so, do tell us what they're like to drive by chiming in the comments.