Toyota SA contemplating “Baby Fortuner”

What if Toyota could launch a budget-positioned compact SUV with the 7-seater practicality of the Avanza – but clad in an eye-catching SUV package – in South Africa? The Rush, a Honda BR-V rival, has debuted in Indonesia… and is under consideration for the South African market.

Few local motorists will know that the Daihatsu Terios, a small SUV that was discontinued from the local market in 2015, was the sister product of a model named the Toyota Rush (even though Daihatsu is no longer represented in South Africa, the brand belongs in the Toyota stable). Now there is a possibility that the Terios could make a “comeback”, but as a Toyota product, should the Prospecton-based manufacturer decide to launch the new Rush in South Africa.

For the moment, the 7-seater rear-wheel-driven Rush will only be offered in Indonesia, but a Toyota South Africa Motors spokesperson has confirmed to Cars.co.za the new Rush “has been earmarked for a market feasibility study (in South Africa)”, but added “we cannot at this stage confirm local market suitability yet.”

Sporty black cladding, distinctive tail lamp clusters and a raised ride height give the TRD Sportivo package a rugged look.

The most natural rival to the Rush (along with the Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra TUV300) is the Honda BR-V and the Japanese manufacturer sells an average of just over 100 units a month out of a small dealer footprint. The Rush is 4.435m long, 1.695m wide and 1.705m high, which means its 21 mm shorter, 40 mm narrower and 39 mm taller and, by virtue of having a 2.685m-long wheelbase, the Toyota offers an extra 23 mm over that of the Honda.

Apart from the fact that the Rush offers family car buyers the practicality of 3 rows of seats, many will be attracted to its “Baby Fortuner” appearance. Shown here in TRD Sportivo spec, the Rush’s front view is dominated by a large grille flanked by LED daytime running lamps and a high-set bonnet. The profile view admittedly looks a bit more generic, but flared wheel arches and black cladding make the newcomer appear purposeful. Top-spec versions could feature 17-inch alloys, electric mirrors with integrated indicators and LED tail lamps.

Sporty black cladding, distinctive tail lamp clusters and a raised ride height give the TRD Sportivo package a rugged look.

The most natural rival to the Rush (along with the Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra TUV300) is the Honda BR-V and the Japanese manufacturer sells an average of just over 100 units a month out of a small dealer footprint. The Rush is 4.435m long, 1.695m wide and 1.705m high, which means its 21 mm shorter, 40 mm narrower and 39 mm taller and, by virtue of having a 2.685m-long wheelbase, the Toyota offers an extra 23 mm over that of the Honda.

Apart from the fact that the Rush offers family car buyers the practicality of 3 rows of seats, many will be attracted to its “Baby Fortuner” appearance. Shown here in TRD Sportivo spec, the Rush’s front view is dominated by a large grille flanked by LED daytime running lamps and a high-set bonnet. The profile view admittedly looks a bit more generic, but flared wheel arches and black cladding make the newcomer appear purposeful. Top-spec versions could feature 17-inch alloys, electric mirrors with integrated indicators and LED tail lamps.

Article by: Mike Fourie- cars.co.za