Now it’s the Toyota Rush coming to the Gazoo Racing stable  

Updated Aug 10, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The small 7-seater SUV gets its turn to wear the GR badge. 

It seems like Toyota is playing fast and loose with its Gazoo Racing motorsports arm in an effort to promote it, not just among long-time fans but to a new generation of customers too. The Toyota Rush gets its own sprinkling of the GR fairy dust in Indonesia, transforming the small SUV into the Rush GR Sport. 

Toyota Rush GR Sport

Even the Rush gets the GR makeover in Indonesia

As what we’ve come to expect on other releases that flash the GR Sport badge, the new variant relies solely on external tweaks to convey a somewhat athletic look. It does carry the dubious assumption that the Rush in stock form doesn’t look sporty or rugged enough, but we digress. 

The Rush GR Sport retains the grille and headlamp clusters of the standard version. However, the front bumper is a little more overt in its appearance, bulging at the corners with recessed housings for the fog lamps on either side of the blacked-out skid plate.

Toyota Rush GR Sport fascia

The new fog lamp housings look better than before

There’s also the usual black body cladding, but compared to what we’re used to seeing on the standard release, the Rush GR Sport adds door mouldings and rain visors as standard. An overrider and diffuser are the latest additions to the rear bumper, and there are generous helpings of the GR Sport badge throughout the vehicle’s exterior. 

A two-tone black and cream cabin continues to be the default offering, carrying over accommodations for up to seven occupants plus automatic climate control. Toyota says it revised the instrument cluster, as well as the touchscreen infotainment system which still pumps out aural bliss through eight speakers. 

Toyota Rush GR Sport head unit

The new range-topping Rush gets a revised touchscreen head unit 

The same 1.5-liter Dual VVT-i gasoline engine provides 104 hp and 136 Nm of torque to propel the Rush GR Sport forward, sending power to the rear wheels using either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. What’s new this time is an idle start/stop that should help save fuel when you find yourself caught up in extended stops, such as Rush-hour traffic (see what we did there?)

In terms of pricing, the Toyota Rush GR Sport starts at 256,600,000 rupiah (around Php 899,000) for the 5-speed manual, going up to 266,200,000 rupiah (Php 931,650) for the 4-speed automatic. Do you think Toyota should give more of its models the GR treatment, or would that risk diluting the image of performance that the sub brand brings?    

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Know more about Toyota Rush 2023

Toyota Rush

The Rush 2023 is Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP)’s entry to the local competitive multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment. Considering its relatively large size and affordable pricing, the MPV is regarded by some as an entry-level SUV to the Japanese car brand. Toyota Rush Price in the Philippines ranges from PHP 983,000 to PHP 1,176,000 with 3 different variants. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE inline-4 DOHC gasoline engine that makes 102 hp and 134 Nm of torque. This engine can be connected to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Dimensions-wise, the Rush spans 4,435 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, and 1,705 mm in height. In the local market, this vehicle from Toyota Philippines competes against the likes of the Mitsubishi Xpander and Honda BR-V.

There are many SUV-like features that the Toyota Rush offers such as a relatively high ground clearance rated at 220 mm and its new seating configuration that makes seven as standard across all variants. It is considered as one of the best value for money especially for those who wish for a relatively affordable family car. In other markets, the Toyota Rush is called the Daihatsu Terios due to the Japanese automaker's partnership with Daihatsu Motor.

₱ 1,012,000 - ₱ 1,176,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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