WHAT’S THE RUSH?
Toyota enters the small SUV market quite unexpectedly...
A new small SUV from Toyota that’s basically a rebadged Daihatsu Terios (Toyota owns Daihatsu), the Rush is set to take on the Ford Ecosport and Honda BR-V.
Like the BR-V, it’s a long, narrow vehicle but, unlike the Honda, is available only as a five-seater, and that means an enormous boot. We’re talking a claimed 609 litres, which is bigger than the RAV4’S.
The Rush is impressively specced, too, with keyless entry, a large-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, sat-nav that includes Tracks4africa software, a reverse camera, park distance control and LED headlamps.
Driving the rear wheels is Toyota’s familiar 2NR 1,5-litre, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 77 kw and 136 N.m. At launch, there will be two derivatives; they’re both of the same spec and engine, but one has a five-speed manual and the other a four-speed auto.
Of course, pricing in this segment is key and, at R302 900 for the manual model and R316 600 for the automatic, the Rush is poised to give its rivals a few headaches.