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Toyota Introduces New Diesel Engines for Hilux Pickup in Europe

New Hilux pickup.

At the upcoming British International Motor Show, Toyota will introduce a new range of diesel engines for the latest generation Toyota Hilux pickup truck.

New to the lineup is a high-torque 171 hp (126 kW) 3.0-liter D-4D diesel derived from the Toyota Land Cruiser and targeted at the leisure pick-up segment of the market. Toyota has also upgraded the current 2.5-liter D-4D diesel to develop 120 hp (88 kW)—an 8% increase—and to develop 325 Nm (240 lb-ft) of torque.

Both new engines comply with Euro IV emissions regulations and will be available to UK customers from January 2007.

The 3.0-liter D-4D develops 343Nm (253 lb-ft) of torque across a range from 1,400 to 3,250rpm, and offers a choice of transmissions: five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

The engine uses second-generation, 1,600-bar common-rail technology, allowing the use of injector nozzles with smaller diameter holes to create a more homogeneous air-fuel mix, thereby improving the efficiency of the combustion process.

The improvements introduced to the combustion process mean the compression ratio can be lower, at 17.9:1, than in other, less advanced diesel engines. This results in less heat build-up in the piston bowl and a more efficient combustion process, therefore enabling more performance with lower emissions and less noise.

Toyota uses an electric DC motor to activate the variable nozzle vane mechanism of its turbocharger, rather than a conventional step motor. The result is sharper response from the turbocharger, particularly at lower speeds.

The engine also benefits from a Swirl Control System. Each cylinder is supplied with air/exhaust gas mixture through two different ducts. Butterfly valves operated by the Swirl Control System can shut off one of these ducts according to the engine speed and load, increasing the mixture’s swirl rate. At low engine speeds this device improves the air-fuel mixture, thus increasing torque availability at low speeds along with lower emissions.

Fuel consumption for the 3.0-liter Hilux ranges from 8.3 liters/100 km (28 mpg US) for the five-speed automatic and 9.4 liters/100 km (25 mpg US) for the four-speed automatic. CO2 emissions are 219 and 246 g/km, respectively.

The current Toyota Hilux, launched in Europe in late 2005, is the sixth generation of Toyota’s second-best selling model worldwide. More than 12 million units have been built since the Hilux was first introduced in Japan in 1967.

The Hilux is one of three vehicles being developed on a global basis under Toyota’s IMV (Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle) project. IMV products are truly global vehicles designed to sell in more than 140 countries and to meet modern customer demand for high levels of quality, durability and comfort. New Hilux cumulative production reached 558,223 units by the end of May 2006.



Hi all,

You can import any vehicle easily into the US if it is 25 years old or older. (So in January 2009 we can import any 1984 or earlier model year vehicle.) For Canada, the law is 15 years, which is why you see so many JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles from the early 1990s. (These are right-hand drive, however.) Anything newer is pretty much impossible; there is a list of "exception" vehicles, but even these have to be modified by a Registered Importer to meet US safety and EPA requirements, to the tune of $6K and up.

Now, on the bright side, there are all kinds of new clean-tech diesels (meeting 2009 EPA regs and the upcoming European standards) planned for around 2010--Toyota, Honda, Nissan, VW and Mercedes have announced (though the Japanese have so far discussed only plans to put diesels in the biggest platforms--think Sequoia and Tundra, not Tacoma or 4runner). Then there's the wildcard, the Mahnidra diesel and diesel hybrid pickups (including crew cab) and SUV from India. 4x4 crew cab, bosch designed 4 cyl. diesel for around $25K, new.

What I'm very interested in is the possibility of bringing in 1984 (next year) and 1985 (2010) 4x4, 4-door diesel hiluxes. Australia is crawling with them (RHD, though), and given that a US domestic Toyota diesel 4x4 in good shape from the same era can easily fetch $7-10K, the economics might just pencil out. Coming from Latin America would be even better, with lower shipping costs (or excuse for a road trip), plus LHD. The only problem I've seen is that there seem to be very few old enough to bring into the US--lots from the 1990s and newer, but hardly anything from '84-'85. If they are there, and not rusted out, I think someone might be able to start up quite an enterprise bringing them up here, cleaning them up and selling them to enthusiasts. Folks will buy a gasser 'yota 4x4, pay thousands for a solid front axle and go nuts with it--a turbo diesel crew cab would have them wetting themselves!


There is this company in california that imports jdm
engines into the states named soshinusa web address
www.soshinusa.com they have the toyota 3l 2.8 engine that
came in 90's hilux and the have 1kz-te 3.0 engine that came in 90's and early 2000's land cruiser prados also
the hilux surf which is the japanese version of the 4runner.I'am trying to buy either a prado or hilux surf
in the dominican republic.They go for an average used just
about $13,000 to $14,0000 usd dollars.I just wanted to share this info with all you toyota fans who want toyota
diesel in the U.S.A. Thank You.


if you want an American made truck with diesel go outside the states.



My friend just bought a 2009 Hilux D4D 4x4 full four door pickup w/3.0 turbodiesel and auto trans in Panama. It's going back to the US, and we plan to rub it in every gutless Toyota Dealer's face in Mexico and the US on the way back to Arizona! These new hi-tech diesels burn CLEAN...ultra clean, with computer controls, high-tech gadgetry, and ULSD fuel, etc. It seems that the 96-percent reduction since 1970 in pollution from engines is not anywhere near enough to satisfy the pesky treehugger crowd...250-percent reduction would not be acceptable either, the way they have things set up in the US/UK, etc. They simply cannot be pleased, period.
I'm so sick of all this onerous "Strangulation by Regulation"(tm), a term I've coined and use in my upcoming book, "Who$e Money Is It, Anyway?" Conservation is necessary and great, but these eco-green guys don't accept or understand the concept of 'balance'. Nature works on BALANCE in everything...we need to do so also. What we have today is a total and lopsided mess...the numerous treehuggers can simply do NO wrong, or so they would have everyone believe. Pity, pity! -Mr. Robert Moore, author of "Who$e Money Is It, Anyway?" 2008 Copyright, All Rights Reserved.


To add to "Sharky's" comments on clean burning diesels. Run one on bio and it produces less CO2 than a gasser. My Lady's 11,000 lb. F450 gets 19.3 mpg on bio-diesel. Now if I can only get a diesel in my Tacoma.


The US really needs this truck. No one can compare the tacoma to the Hilux. There are so different from the ground up. If toyota wants to boost profits the writing is on the wall..


Jaybeat above has it right. anything older than 25 years [15 in canada] can be easly imported, otherwise I don't believe it's doable. I saw a nice ranger diesel in the caribbean that had been made in Korea. I suspect they make too much money on the tacoma to risk competing with a Hilux.

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how bar the engine standart oil pressure

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I just buy one hilux 2.5 D-4D automative in malaysia.But already add gear box oil cooler.(made in austrarial)and engine oil cooler ( Trust Japan for nissan silvia s15).I do this got any prolem ?


I have been looking for Japanese Toyota Hilux with 2L diesel engine for a long time. My buddy bought a front clip from Engine World last month and is very happy with it. You all are absolutely right, diesel engines last long.


Yes I know my buddy spoke to Engine World in Houston, they get a lot of front clips with TOYOTA HILUX Turbo diesel from Japan.


Many places who sell Used Engines imported from Japan say they can't find diesel engines in Japan because they are so much in demand. Used Diesel Engines from Japan last long but they are expensive !

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