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Well, all that's about to change.
There are now whispers in the grapevine that Toyota Motor Philippines will finally launch the 2.5-liter variable nozzle turbo for service in the Hilux and Fortuner. This revised engine finally bumps up the power from the current 102 horsepower to 144 horsepower. Though it's still a good 20 horsepower short of the 3.0 D-4D (163 horsepower), the torque is now dead even between the two engines at 343 Nm. Though peak torque differs with the 2.5-liter reaching it between 1,600 to 2,800 rpm while the 3.0-liter does it between 1,400 to 3,200 rpm.
All indications point towards a possible release during the CAMPI Motor Show alongside the Toyota 86 Aero. There are no word if there will be an increase in price. Find out in a month's time whether or not this revised engine does make it underneath the hoods of the Hilux and Fortuner.
UPDATE: Although the upgraded Fortuner and Hilux didn't make it in time for the CAMPI Motor Show, Toyota is showcasing both of these two new models with a media event on September 11-12. Also, based on teaser ads in newspapers, the Fortuner model will also get a new built-in GPS navigation system.