RUSH HOUR

TOY­OTA’S NEW COM­PACT SUV

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The Te­rios, a com­pact SUV from Dai­hatsu avail­able here up un­til March 2015 when the Ja­panese brand de­cided to pull out of South Africa, is back, but this time in Toy­ota guise …

The lat­est, sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Rush, Toy­ota’s ver­sion of the Te­rios, will im­mi­nently be launched here to take on the Honda BRV, Mahin­dra TUV300, Haval H1, and Suzuki Er­tiga. The com­pact cross­over/suv with seven-seater prac­ti­cal­ity built in In­done­sia, has a def­i­nite “mini-for­tuner” look to it, en­twined with some Avanza cues.

Like its Dai­hatsu coun­ter­part it was of­fered with four-wheel drive in its pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion, but the lat­est model, even while mooted as an SUV, is only avail­able with rear-wheel drive.

Its front vis­age is dic­tated by a large grille flanked by LED day­time run­ning lamps and a high-set bon­net. Flared wheel arches and a slightly higher ride height (220 mm) gives the Rush a more pur­pose­ful stance. In nor­mal trim the Rush comes with 16-inch al­loy wheels, six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, hill-start as­sist, emer­gency brake sig­nal, an en­gine start/stop but­ton, seve-inch touch­screen au­dio sys­tem, and an air-con sys­tem with me­mory func­tion.

In top-line trim it gains sporty body cladding, LED tail lamp clus­ters, and 17-inch al­loy wheel. It is pow­ered by a dual VVT-I 1.5-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine (77 kw and 136 Nm of torque), paired with ei­ther a five-speed man­ual or a four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. No diesel model is avail­able.

The in­te­rior is pre­dom­i­nantly black, but there is a sprin­kle of beige trim and some sil­ver ac­cents. No pric­ing is avail­able yet, but it will prob­a­bly re­tail here for about

R280 000 to R300 000.

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