Toyota Motor Philippines upgrades the Rush three-row small SUV for the 2021 model year. Specifically, it’s the Toyota Rush E variant that gets the bulk of the upgrades.
Retailing in Toyota’s 70 dealerships across the country starting November 26, the Rush E variant, which used to be a five-seater only, now has three rows of seating. With this update, all Rush variants now come as 7-seater SUVs. In addition to the added seating capacity, the Rush E also gets a reverse camera, which used to be exclusive to the top-of-the-line G variant.
“We at Toyota continuously listen to the requests of our customers to make improvements in our cars. The Rush is a favorite family vehicle, and with the Filipino’s close-knit and often extended family, we added the third row to bring the joy of moving together to more members,” said Sherwin Chualim, First Vice President of TMP’s Vehicle Sales Operations.
“As our thrust of advancing mobility for all becomes more relevant especially at this time when safe transportation with social distancing is essential, we aim to provide more options to Filipino customers, and give them the best value,” he added.
While the Toyota Rush is popular in its segment, the base E variant was held back by its lack of third-row seating. This is unlike its competitors, which get seven seats whichever the variant customers choose.
The improved Rush 1.5 E retails at P1,023,000 with the 4-speed automatic, while the 5-speed manual variant is available for P983,000. On the other hand, the top-grade Rush 1.5 G with a 4-speed automatic has an SRP of P1,100,000.
All variants of the Toyota Rush are still equipped with a number of highly-desirable key features that made this three-row crossover SUV popular. These include its high 220 mm ground clearance, 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, rear parking sensors, 6 airbags, electronic stability control, and more.
Introduced in the Philippines in 2018, the Toyota Rush has quickly cemented its position as one of the best-selling nameplates in TMP’s stable. In 2019, TMP sold more than 15,000 units, making the Toyota Rush the best-selling entry SUV model that year.