The Toyota Rush 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.
Thanks to the collaboration between Toyota and Daihatsu, the Toyota MPV is introduced in 2006 as a rebadged Daihatsu Terios. And in 2018, the Japanese carmaker introduced the model in the country which instantly became a hit among Filipino car buyers until this day.
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. TMP still offers the same three variants that marketed for various car consumers.
Just like most MPVs competing in the country, the 7-seater Toyota small SUV uses a 1.5-liter gasoline engine which can be paired to 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. It is considered as one of the best value for money especially for those who wish for a reliable family car.
The updated Toyota Rush was introduced by TMP last November 2020 which now offers 7-seating configuration as standard. The Japanese carmaker shared that 7-seater MPV is a favorite family vehicle among Filipinos so it wanted to add a third row of seating for all variants.
No changes are made in offered variants. This means that TMP still offers the base E 1.5 M/T, E 1.5 A/T, and top-of-the-line G 1.5 A/T. The updated 7-seater MPV is currently rivaling against the likes of the Mitsubishi Xpander, Honda BR-V, and Maxus G50.
Break away from the mundane with the Toyota Rush
The Toyota Rush is currently riding on the exterior design of the third-generation Daihatsu Terios. It comes with an SUV-like and a more aggressive road presence as it is inspired by the design of its 7-seater midsize SUV sibling, the Toyota Fortuner.
The exterior design of the Toyota Rush is inspired by the Toyota Fortuner
All variants of the Toyota MPV are installed with LED headlights and taillights (with LED guidelines), rear spoiler, shark-fin antenna, and more. E variants get chrome radiator grille and 16-inch alloy wheels, while the top-ranging G variant comes with smoke chrome grille, roof rail, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Toyota offers the Rush six color options: White, Bronze Mica Metallic, Dark Red Mica Metallic, Bordeaux Mica (G variant exclusive), Silver Mica Metallic, and Black Metallic.
As said earlier, all variants now come with 7-seating configuration which should be practical for those who want to own a relatively large car but don’t want to spend a hefty amount of cash. The 50:50 third-row seats can be folded to offer more cargo space.
Another notable feature inside the Toyota Rush is the white accents on the doors and dashboard decorated with faux stitches
The interior for the lower E variants is installed with a urethane 3-spoke steering wheel, shift lever, and knob. Meanwhile, the top-ranging G variant is benefited with leather materials on the said interior parts and three accessory outlets as compared to just one for E variants.
Technology & Safety Features
The Toyota Rush is installed with a 7-inch infotainment screen across all variants which supports CD/MP3, AUX, USB, Bluetooth, and Weblink Connectivity for iOS/Android. Sounds are sent off to six speakers for E variants, while the top-of-the-line variant gets eight.
Toyota Rush's airbags
As for safety, the updated model still offers the same features such as six airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), traction control, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, and ISOFIX tethers. Keyless entry is used for E variants and smart entry the go-to for the G variant.
Platform & Chassis
The Toyota Rush is designed with a ladder-frame chassis similar to the Toyota Avanza. It is built on the Daihatsu F800, the platform of the current Daihatsu Terios. This platform configuration, including the 220 mm ground clearance, solidifies the model’s reputation as a small yet rugged SUV.
To further improve stiffness, the front suspension is handled by a McPherson Strut and four-link suspension for the rear setup. As for the brakes, the 7-seater MPV is installed with disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheels.
Engine & Drivetrain
Under the hood, the Toyota Rush is powered by a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE Dual VVT-i gasoline engine that can put up 102 hp and 134 Nm of torque. This is the same engine that the Toyota Avanza uses for its top-ranging trims such as the G and Veloz variants.
Powering the Toyota Rush is a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE Dual VVT-I gasoline engine
For the base E variant, it pairs the engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the rest of the two variants of the model use a 4-speed automatic transmission. The power is sent to the rear wheels thanks to its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) drivetrain.
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