As expected, Toyota Motors has officially launched the Toyota Rush in the Philippines following its debut in Indonesia earlier this year. With its practicality and spaciousness, this MPV betrays a look of an SUV. The Toyota Rush, in fact, takes its styling cues from the more premium Fortuner SUV.
Despite its sub-compactness nature, it manages to arrange up to seven seats. It comes in 5-seat arrangement as well. In the Philippines, the Toyota Rush is available in three variants with varying price points. The entry-level 1.5 E MT five-seater variant is priced at PHP948,000 while the 1.5 E AT five-seater variant costs PHP988,000. The top-range 1.5 G AT seven-seater variant is up for grabs at PHP1,070,000.
In sync with the current market trend, the Toyota Rush combines several cosmetic and interior updates. It features LED headlights with line guide, Innova styled four-slat grille, LED rear combination unit with the line guide, and integrated rear spoiler along with 16-inch alloy wheels.
With regard to equipment, the Toyota Rush is fitted with 6-speaker audio and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Weblink connectivity for both Android and iOS platforms. On the inside, it features a push start button, tilt-adjusted steering, and a reverse parking camera.
From the dimension point of view, the Toyota Rush sits between the Innova and the Avanza. It measures 4,435mm in length, 1,695mm in width, and 1,705mm in height. It has a 2,685mm wheelbase with 220mm ground clearance. Thus, the dimension is ideal for both cargo and passenger loadings.
The five-seater E grade models offer a trunk space of 514 liters, whereas the seven-seater G grade model offers 213 liters thanks to its capaciousness. The high-end G grade variant also gets some enhanced features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and eight-speaker audio in comparison to the E grade models.
Amongst other things, the G grade boasts of additional features like that of Smart Entry, roof rails, leather steering wheel with mounted audio & telephone controls, and automatic climate control. For the safety, the high-end grade is equipped with six airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), etc.
As far as colors are concerned, the Toyota Rush is offered in six hues, namely Dark Red Mica Metallic, Silver Mica Metallic, White, Black Metallic, Bordeaux Mica, and Bronze Mica Metallic.
Under the hood, a 1.5-liter DUAL VVT-I petrol engine powers the Toyota Rush by producing 102 PS at 6,000rpm and 134Nm torque at 4,200rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Usually, buyers in the Philippines prefer an SUV for its style and versatility. But of late, they are also gravitating towards the MPV for its cost-effectiveness. Since the Toyota Rush despite being an MPV equals an SUV in aesthetics and spirit, there is a strong chance that it will do well in the Philippines just like it did in Indonesia and some other ASEAN countries.