Toy­ota en­ters the small SUV mar­ket quite un­ex­pect­edly...

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

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.

ETA: Now

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