Toyota Motor Philippines has formally launched to the Philippine market the all-new Rush, declaring a war in the small seven seater SUV segment, a segment which the Honda BR-V has solely held for a very long time.
Riding on a rear-wheel drive platform that has a best-in-class 220 mm of ground clearance, the Toyota Rush is perfect for anyone who wants to go the beaten path but in a small footprint that’s perfect for use in the city. It also has a 31 degree approach and 26 degree departure angle, ensuring that the Rush can go to places that many small SUVs would not dare go to. On top of this rigid platform is a design that has a rugged and sophisticated presence, with its bold grille, rugged stance, and standard two-tone alloy wheels. The G variant, meanwhile, upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as the addition of roof rails. LED headlights with LED guide lights, as well as LED rear lights create a sophisticated look.
In terms of dimensions, the Rush is 4,435 mm long and 1,695 mm wide, which is 18 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than the BR-V. However, it has a longer wheelbase at 2,685 mm, which is 23 mm more than the BR-V’s. The advantage of the Rush here is its ground clearance, which is at 220 mm vs. 201 mm in the BR-V.
Occupants are greeted to a symmetrical dashboard design that features a 7-inch capacitive touch screen infotainment system, LED backlit gauges, as well as keyless push button start across the range. The G variant further spices things up with its audio and telephone steering controls, automatic climate control, as well as 8 speakers for the sound system. The E variant comes with five seats, while only the G variant is offered with the seven seat configurations.
Powering the Toyota Rush is a 1.5 liter Dual VVT-i inline-4 engine producing 104 hp and 136 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.
Among the Rush’s generous list of standard equipment are its standout safety features that is offered on all variants. Six airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, and Rear Parking Sensors are offered even in the base E variant. The G variant, meanwhile, adds the benefit of a reverse camera with guidance lines.
The Toyota Rush is now on sale with deliveries to start tomorrow, May 7, 2018. Until today, buyers can catch a glimpse of the Rush at the Toyota Rush fair at the Bonifacio Global City Open Parking, located at 30th Street Corner 9th, Taguig. Prices for the Toyota Rush are as follows.
– 1.5 E MT 5-seater: P948,000
– 1.5 E AT 5-seater: P988,000
– 1.5 G AT 7-seater: P1,070,000