SUVs are a very popular choice among Filipino motorists, thanks to their stylish looks and versatility as all-around vehicles. They do tend to be expensive, so many Filipinos instead opt for their distant cousin the MPV. Multi-purpose vehicles have the same versatility and high-seating capacity, but they tend to be smaller and less stylish in general. Enter the Toyota Rush, an MPV that packs the aesthetics and spirit of an SUV. The car has been selling well in neighboring countries like Indonesia, and it looks like we might finally be getting it in the country later this year.
Although there hasn't been an official announcement from Toyota, releasing the car in the Philippines makes sense. If you look at the vehicles which were sold through AutoDeal last year, a full 14% of them were MPVs during the first half of 2017 alone. Automobile site Visor.ph has said that sources within Toyota have confirmed the Philippine launch of the Rush and that it will be coming sometime in May later this year, or at least definitely within Q2 2018. If true, this means Toyota will be competing in the same segment as the Mitsubishi Xpander and the Honda BR-V.
The Rush will be coming with a 1.5-liter gasoline dual-VVTI engine sporting 103 horsepower and 136 Nm of torque and 7-seater capacity. The engine is derived from the Avanza, but the Rush more closely resembles the Fortuner in looks, with upswept LED headlights and a four-slat grill. All Rush variants will have a push-button starting ignition, tilt-adjusted steering, and a reversing camera. The higher-end Sportivo trim will also have a tailgate-mounted spoiler, roof rails, plastic underguards, redesigned bumpers, and a large set of almost 17-inch wheels. It'll also have the smart key entry, a two-tone dashboard, a seven-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control with a colorful digital display, USB ports, and an improved audio system.
All in all, it's a very exciting addition to the Toyota lineup, but we'll need to see if the news is accurate later this year.
2018 Toyota Rush official review in Indonesia
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