I googled and found a new(er) artitcle from trucktrend.com, it says: "Toyota's Entry SUV Loses Signature Spare Carrier, V-6 Option
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I tak it to mean that both the spare tire carrier & V6 are gone.
A Car & Driver article from April suggests the V6 will remain.
It all makes me want to go get a 2012 V6 now.