Toyota has introduced a new small SUV to its local product offering and it’s called the Rush. Herewith specification and pricing details for the newcomer…
Toyota is looking to capitalise on growth in the compact SUV segment and now welcomes the new Rush to its local stable. The Rush combines typical SUV features such as a raised driving position, higher ride height and a spacious luggage compartment while offering seating for five.
With its raised ride height, the Rush will comfortably tackle gravel roads and can even wade in water up to 600 mm.
The Rush wears a large trapezoidal grille with wide grey slats and is flanked by slim LED headlights. The front-end look is further defined with triangular fog light trim, a silver-hued skid plate and a bonnet with 2 distinct bulges. Black roof rails, a body-coloured rear spoiler and rear LED tail lights to round off the look.
The Rush has a 220 mm ground clearance and a wading depth of 600 mm. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard.
Buyers can choose between 5 colours including Tusk White, Quicksilver, Ruby Metallic, Liquid Bronze Metallic and Graphite Black.
The cabin is well-equipped with features including a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system.
The cabin features a symmetrical design and comes equipped with a 6-speaker, touchscreen audio system with USB and Bluetooth functionality, Android Auto Plus Show, Apple CarPlay and navigation. Dual-zone climate control and a 12V socket is also seen on the lower section of the dashboard.
The 3-spoke leather steering wheel is adjustable for rake and comes equipped with mounted controls. Patterned black fabric upholstery is standard. The rear seats are split in a 60:40 configuration if you wish to expand on the already large load bay which offers a claimed capacity of 609 litres.
There’s also ample storage space dotted around the cabin with no less than 5 cupholders and spacious front door pockets that can hold 2 bottles. A large 6.4-litre glovebox and a central storage bin offers extra storage space.
The large luggage bay offers 609 litres of space and the rear seats can fold down to access even more space.
Apart from the features already mentioned, the Rush is also equipped with electric and retractable side mirrors, auto-off LED headlights, integrated reverse camera with park distance control, keyless entry and a push-start ignition.
In terms of safety, a total of 6 airbags are fitted as well as ABS, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Control Assist (HCA).
The Rush is powered by a 77 kW/136 Nm 1.5-litre petrol motor paired with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.
Toyota claims a fuel efficiency figure of 6.6 L/100km for the manual while the automatic is said to consume 6.7 l/100km.
In terms of suspension, the front McPherson struts and rear Multilink suspension has been engineered to cope on mixed surfaces including tar, gravel and dirt.
Toyota Rush - Price in SA
Rush 1.5 M/T - R299 900
Rush 1.5 A/T - R313 500
The Rush is sold with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 6-service/90 000 km service plan.