• V6 engines have seen a massive decline in the last couple of decades due to stricter emission rules.
  • At the turn of the millennium, a number of V6-equipped SUVs were on the market – from Suzuki, VW and Hyundai.
  • Turbocharged small capacity engines have become the preferred choice in many modern compact SUVs.
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Buying trends have changed so much over the last couple of decades that sedans and even many hatchback offerings are deemed surplus to modern requirements.
Space and low fuel consumption are at the forefront of many prospective buyers’ minds and come in compact and crossover SUVs.
Another thing that has seen significant change is the downscaling of engine size – small capacity units coupled with a turbocharger are the way forward, providing the balance between frugality and performance.
Ode to the V6
However, in the early to late 2000s, a number of V6-equipped SUVs were on the market. The likes of Suzuki, Volkswagen and Hyundai each had their versions doing the rounds.
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Brand new V6 engines are relatively few and far between, but there are still some up for sale on the dealer classifieds. These days the bakkie segment is the most commonplace to find them.
Nissan’s 400Z performance coupé will make use of a twin-turbocharged V6 engine so there might yet be a future for those configurations moving forward.
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V6 engines in SUVs have become non-existent in recent times but in the noughties there were many notable offerings. Here are some of the “forgotten” ones:
Volkswagen Touareg
It first made its appearance in 2002 as VW’s luxury SUV option, boasting a V6, V8 and V10 engine range. The 3.0-litre V6 engine was available in diesel and made 165kW and 500Nm.
Seeing first-generation models is a rarity these days. The current model’s pricing starts at R1.2 million and it also employs a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine.
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Offered as the top-of-the-range model in 2008, it made use of a 3.2-litre V6 engine that churned out 165kW and 284Nm, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that sent power to all four wheels.
It also featured niceties such as leather upholstery, cruise control, a glass sunroof, xenon high-intensity discharge headlights and hill descent/ascent control.
Although it is not sold locally anymore, there are still models in circulation if you look hard enough.
Hyundai Tucson
The Korean brand was not known for its performance in the early 2000s, but their Tucson SUV received a bit of bite with a 2.7-litre V6 unit placement. Power was rated at 129kW and 240Nm.
These days, if you want a fast Tucson, the Sport version makes 150kW and 300Nm from a 1.6-litre turbocharged motor or 2.0-litre turbodiesel, which produces 150kW and 460Nm.