For some reason, Toyota has flat-out refused to offer these fantastically reliable, fuel efficient vehicles in North America. As a result, we have become the only company world-wide offering OEM Turbo-Diesel conversions for the North American Toyota lineup. If you have ever longed for a factory Toyota turbo diesel offered overseas, you’ve come to the right place. At Diesel Toys®, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to make that dream a reality

Utilizing Toyota’s legendary D-4D(pronounced DEE-FOUR-DEE) High Pressure Common Rail fuel system, the Toyota 1KD-FTV 4-cylinder engine puts out as much torque as the v6 gas engine but at almost half the RPM range. All while delivering the stellar fuel economy that these Toyota diesels are known for. In fact, Toyota rates these engines at 500,000 mile rebuild intervals for a reason. Featured on shows like Top Gear UK™, the Toyota Hilux diesel is ubiquitous with reliability and the Toyota “Go Anywhere” philosophy. At Diesel Toys, we use all factory Toyota components. This means there are no “adapters or gimmicks: used in any of our conversions. This way you get what Toyota designed from the factory and not some pieced-together “kit” that nobody wants to work on when things go wrong…


Toyota officially brought the 1KZ series into the 21st century in 2001 with the 1KD series turbo diesels. The 1KD features dual overhead camshafts, direct injection, and Toyota’s proprietary common rail high pressure fuel system termed “D-4D”. Simply put,  the 1KD’s are amazing. Incredibly quiet with a serious torque band from 1,800-3,600 rpm.The first generation 1KD was released in 2001 and found it’s way into the early Landcruiser Prado. In 2005, Toyota updated the 1KD engines to the 1KD-FTV which featured a 32-bit ECU, a variable-nozzle turbocharger, and piezo-electric, multi-stage injectors with pilot injection. These additions raised the base power from 145 hp to 170 hp and increased torque from 220 ft/lbs to 270ft/lbs. The pilot injection dramatically reduced engine noise, emissions,  and torque throughout the engine’s range. While Toyota never officially released the 1KD-FTV in North America reportedly due to newly adopted emissions standards in California, it has received several awards for the 1KD-FTV including achieving strict emissions compliance in Europe.


Output Specs:

170hp @ 3,600 rpm

260 ft/lbs torque @ 1800-3400 rpm

VNT Turbocharger

Common-rail intercooled

1KD-FTV Tech Specs:

10,000 mile oil change interval

500,000 mile rebuild interval (not a typo)

ASTM biodiesel compliant

No DEF required