Launching the All new Toyota Rush
Toyota RUSH coming soon for sale at Freeway Toyota Johannesburg
Introducing the new Toyota multi-talented SUV. The Toyota Rush
Fusing dynamic energy with sharp elegant styling, the Toyota Rush looks great everywhere — at the beach, in the mountains, and in the city.
The only question is, where do you want to go?
Toyota will launch a budget-positioned compact SUV with the 5 Seater– but clad in an eye-catching SUV package – in South Africa in July 2018.
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). Following the sighting of the consignment of Rushes by Cars.co.za journalist and photographer Gero Lilleike, it appears pretty certain that the Terios will make a “comeback”, but as a Toyota product, in South Africa.
Late last year, a Toyota South Africa Motors spokesperson confirmed that the new Rush had been “earmarked for a market feasibility study”, but added “we cannot confirm local market suitability yet.” It appears, however, that the local introduction of the 7-seater, rear-wheel-driven, Rush is now inevitable.
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. The Rush is 4.435 metres long, 1.695 metres wide and 1.705 metres 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.
The top-of-the-range automatic version of the Rush features automatic climate control.
Inside, the cabin features a black-and-beige trim combination and familiar Toyota fascia architecture, replete with a 7-inch touchscreen-operated audio system, automatic climate control, keyless entry, start-stop button and 12V outlets for each of the 3 rows. Bear in mind that the South African-spec Rush, or whatever it will be called here, will probably have a different trim specification.
The Rush is powered by a 77 kW/137 Nm 1.5-litre petrol motor paired with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels, as is the case with the Avanza. However, the former offers 220 mm ground clearance, which is slightly more than its sibling and, in Indonesia, features ABS with EBD, 6 airbags, vehicle stability control and hill start assist.
The Rush certainly makes a case for itself as a compact family car/small crossover that offers more practicality at a lower price point than the C-HR. So, watch this space, folks.
above article from cars.co.za