When the Toyota Hiace was launched just a few months back, we were delighted to hear that it came with the new 2.8-liter turbodiesel mill. It was a massive improvement over the old 3.0-liter diesel too, putting it right at the top of its class in power and torque.
But apparently, that's not the only engine option the Hiace has. In fact, the second engine sounds more suited to an executive sedan than a van. In case you're wondering what it is, that would be a 3.5-liter V6 mill, which is a rather interesting choice for a work van.
Now, this isn't the same engine you'll find in a Lexus IS350. While it does have the same displacement, it's not a direct transplant to the Hiace. Instead, the Hiace's V6 is a little bit different, so don't expect a 300 PS Hiace anytime soon. Instead, it's tuned to suit the purpose of the van. The result is less power than the one you'll find in the Lexus with 280 PS. Still, that's a rather impressive amount of power for a van. Torque, on the other hand, is at 365 Nm.
That's not the only interesting bit. This engine can also be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Oddly enough, this makes the Hiace the second most powerful manual transmission-equipped vehicle from Toyota. Only the Toyota Mark X GRMN makes more horsepower and torque. That said, a six-speed automatic is optional.
Interested? Sadly, you can only get this engine in Australia and, so far, it's only available there. Curiously, it's only for the entry-level panel van and Commuter while the rest get the 2.8-liter turbodiesel.
It's highly unlikely we'll ever get the Hiace V6 too. Still, if you fancy a six-cylinder van, you can always try one Down Under.