The information suggests that the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine will produce 175kW of power and 376Nm of torque, which is identical to the current HiLux.
The 1GR-FE 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine used in the Toyota Landcruiser Prado comes from the same family, and recently benefitted from a power increase from 202kW of power to 207kW.
This engine will be available in dual-cab four-wheel-drive and dual-cab two-wheel-drive variants and will result in a maximum towing capacity lower than that of its diesel counterparts, maxing out at 2500kg (braked) in two-wheel drive variants and 3200kg (braked) in four-wheel drive variants, short on the diesel HiLux's maximum towing capacity of 3500kg (braked).
While fuel consumption is yet to be announced, it is expected to remain similar at 11.8 litres per 100km and 13.0L/100km respectively for two-wheel and four-wheel drive variants, although Toyota suggests the use of a new six-speed automatic gearbox should improve fuel consumption.
The engine is expected to be available either with a six-speed automatic for both two-wheel and all-wheel drive variants.
The HiLux will be available locally with these other engines:
- A 2.8-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbocharged diesel engine producing 130kW of power (up 4kW) and 450Nm of torque (up 25 per cent) between 1600 – 2400rpm when matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. When matched to the six-speed manual transmission, the torque figure drops to 420Nm of torque between 1600 – 2600rpm.
- A 2.4-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbocharged diesel engine that produces 110kW of power and 400Nm of torque between 1600rpm – 2400rpm when matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The same engine when paired with a five-speed manual transmission drops torque output to 343Nm between 1400 – 3400rpm.
- A 2.7-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 122kW of power, with torque up around two per cent. The engine is expected to come with the option of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
"I can confirm that the 4.0L V6 Petrol engine (1GR-FE) will indeed remain available for the All-New Hilux. Power and torque for this engine will remain 175kW and 376Nm," said Toyota Australia product public relations manager, Stephen Coughlan.
"As mentioned at our global reveal activity, we plan to adopt a new 6 speed automatic transmission in combination with this engine, so customers can anticipate that the combination will result in improved fuel efficiency and even greater drivability."
According to Coughlan, the engine will be available for the Australian market and will continue to be available in various global markets where the HiLux is and will be sold.
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