Toyota is no stranger when it comes to hybrid engine technology. The Japanese automaker is among the car companies that pushed for the early development of hybrid cars. In the Philippines, Toyota is currently selling the Prius, Prius C, Corolla Altis Hybrid, and the Corolla Cross Hybrid. But, it seems that Toyota Philippines is set to expand its list of hybrid cars.
In a report by Autoindustriya.com, Toyota is developing a diesel hybrid engine called GD Hybrid. Autoindustriya added that the internal code for the said project is 188D, and Toyota will launch the diesel hybrid engine in the second quarter of 2022.
2021 Toyota Fortuner
A source familiar with the matter shared with Autoindustriya that Toyota’s GD Hybrid diesel engine could be fitted to the Fortuner. The report also stated that the said move makes sense since a Fortuner equipped with a hybrid diesel engine would not just translate to a better emission rating but will also be subjected to a lower excise tax. With lower excise tax, Toyota can bring down the Fortuner’s price tag making it more competitive in the seven-seater midsize SUV segment.
The GD Hybrid diesel engine could also help the Fortuner to deliver better fuel economy. The reason for this is that hybrid tech uses an internal combustion engine (ICE) that’s paired with an electric motor.
The ICE and electric motor work seamlessly and adjust automatically depending on the driving condition. In other words, a hybrid car can switch from electric power to engine power, which plays a significant role in yielding a more fuel-efficient drive. Not just that, a diesel hybrid engine could be useful in meeting the global emission standards. Watch the video below to see how a hybrid engine works.
Currently, Toyota PH is offering the 2021 Fortuner with two diesel engine options. It can be powered by a 2.4-liter 2GD-FTV turbodiesel generating 148 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The other engine option is a more powerful 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV engine that delivers 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque. In case you’re wondering, Toyota PH is no longer offering the Fortuner with a gasoline engine.
2021 Toyota Fortuner LTD variant
The 2021 Toyota Fortuner has a starting price of Php 1,633,000 for the G 4x2 MT variant while the top-spec LTD 4x4 AT comes with a sticker price of Php 2,404,000 (additional Php 10,000 for the White Pearl paint).
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Know more about Toyota Fortuner
The Toyota Fortuner is one of the best-selling midsize SUVs in the Philippines. This midsize SUV has been driven on the country’s highways since the early 2000s. It became a household name because of its rugged platform, strong brand support, and tested durability. The second-generation Toyota Fortuner has topped the sales chart consistently, not only in the midsize SUV segment but also for the entire automotive industry in the country. And in 2020, Toyota Motor Philippines launched the new Fortuner facelifted which showcases a more aggressive SUV appeal. It still shares the same Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform as the Hilux and Innova. The new model is offering a wide array of variants to market to various car consumers. These variants include the base G, V, Q, and top-of-the-line LTD variant which comes with a more distinct styling. The sky's the limit for Toyota's entry to the local midsize SUV segment as it remains to be a top choice among Filipino car buyers when considering a reliable, rugged, and family 7-seater vehicle. As for pricing, the G variant with a 4x2 drivetrain and manual transmission starts at Php 1,633,000 and goes up to the new LTD variant with a 4x4 drivetrain and automatic transmission (excluding the White Pearl body paint option).