Remember when Toyota released the Hilux GR Sport late last year? It wasn't your typical pick-up truck as it received a tweaked suspension, a more aggressive exterior, along with a V6 motor as standard. Clearly, the V6 engine wasn't a standard offering since it served as a Gazoo Racing special.
But what if we told you that the engine is actually available on the recently revealed 2021 Hilux? Well, if you happen to be living in Saudi Arabia (or in the Middle East), you can spec the refreshed Hilux with the six-cylinder engine.
Standard on the top-of-the-line 4x4 variant is the evergreen 4.0-liter 1GR-FE V6. Just like the GR Sport Hilux, it puts out a healthy 238 PS along with 376 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to a six-speed automatic transmission with 4WD. It may not have as much torque as the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel which puts out 500 Nm, but it does make more power compared to the 2.8's 204 PS.
Should you prefer a smaller gasoline-powered engine for the Hilux, the pick-up truck can also come with the 2.7-liter 2TR-FE four-cylinder motor. It's the same engine found in the gasoline-powered Fortuner models and it puts out 166 PS with 245 Nm of torque. Unlike the V6 which only comes with an automatic, the 2.7-liter engine can be coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox and is available either in 4x4 or 4x2 guise.
Both the 2.4-liter and 2.-8-liter turbo-diesel engines are also available in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern markets. But since gas is relatively cheap in that region, and most prefer a big engine under the hood of the vehicles, it's no surprise that the Hilu is available with a gasoline V6.
But at SAR 162,610 (or about PhP 2,140,237), the range-topping V6-powered Hilux is not exactly affordable. And if you do plan on shipping one for yourself to the Philippines, expect to pay extra on top.
What's the best alternative? Maybe you could swap out the diesel mill with a second-hand V6. After all, the Prados and FJ Cruisers sold here in the country come with the 4.0-liter V6 too.