Following the successful run in Indonesia and some other ASEAN countries, the brand new 2018 Toyota Rush has recently launched in the Philippines with price tags that seem competitive as it takes on the Honda BR-V and the Mitsubishi Xpander in the country.
Now the seven-seater subcompact MPV has received a shot in its arm. The ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) has published its crash test results in which the Toyota Rush has managed to bag a five-star safety rating along with the Toyota C-HR and the Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid.
The Toyota Rush has scored a total of 84.03 out of 100 due to the impressive performance in areas such as Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), Child Occupant Protection (COP), and Safety Assist Technologies (SATs). The report says the Toyota Rush is capable enough of safeguarding the passenger's head and knees from both front and rear end impacts.
But in the case of a head-on collision, the lower legs and chest are susceptible to receiving minor blows. On the child safety front, it has earned the maximum scores thanks to rear-facing child seats.
A fleet of safety features has heavily contributed towards the Toyota Rush earning top scores. Those safety features include six airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) equipped with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Velocity Stability Control System (VSC) supported by Traction Control System (TC), Hill Start Assistance (HSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), and seat belt alarm.
Under the hood, the Toyota Rush draws power from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine which cranks out 102hp and 134Nm peak torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Toyota Rush is available in six colors in the Philippines. The entry-level 1.5 E MT variant is priced at PHP948,000 while the 1.5 E AT variant costs PHP988,000. The top-range 1.5 G AT variant is up for grabs at PHP1,070,000. While the E grade models feature 16-inch alloy wheels and 6-speaker audio system the G grade model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and 8-speaker audio system.
The eye-catching 2018 Toyota Rush is modeled on an SUV in terms of aesthetics and spirit. The early possession of a five-star safety rating has further raised its stock. But it remains to be seen whether the Toyota Rush will be able to replicate the kind of success it had in other ASEAN countries.