Indus Motors is finally launching the second generation of Toyota Rush in Pakistan on 30th August, 2018, sources have confirmed. Details suggest that Toyota is yet to announce whether the mini-SUV will be assembled in Pakistan or not. Until then, first few hundred units will be imported.
The 1500CC mini-SUV was previously launched in 2010 as Daihatsu Terios but it was discontinued later only to come back as Toyota Rush in 2018.
Following the success of HR-V and BR-V, experts suggest that Rush can also make a significant impact. However, its impact completely hinges on the price-tag of the car.
Some of the new features included in Toyota Rush are as following:
- Toyota will have a smart entry and push-start button
- Steering will be electronically powered with 5.2 meters turning radius
- Multimedia controls on the steering wheel
- It will have a 7 touch display head unit that will have a USB port, DVD button, AUX cable slot, and Bluetooth
- Toyota Rush 2018 will support Apple Car play
- For the rear passengers, there will be a digital climate control with a vent.
The car is equipped with a 1.5-liter petrol engine with 4-speed automatic transmission.
Safety features include:
- Anti-lock braking system
- Vehicle stability & traction control
- Brake assists
The design is inspired by the recently launched Fortuner. It’s getting more attention for its dimensions, designed for both cargo and family members. Toyota Rush is stretched out by 230 mm, so it now measures 4,435 mm x 1,695 mm x 1,705 mm (W x L x H).
Furthermore, the wheelbase is also extended to 2,685 mm while the front-rear spacing is worth 1,450 mm. With the aim of remaining characteristics of a real SUV, the lowest ground clearance is as high as 220 mm.
To sum it up, these figures make the new Toyota Rush ready to hit the bumpy roads of Pakistan comfortably as well as boost the space from the inside.
The front fascia currently comes decked with a dark chrome four-slat front grille flanked by revised LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and new round fog lamps.
Moving towards the rear-end of the car, you will not find a spare tire which used to be previously attached to the back door. Instead, it’s hidden under the car body or under the trunk. Other refinements at the back include LED quarter-flanking taillights, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, and a rear spoiler.
Compared to the old model, Toyota Rush 2018 is more lavish and spacious.
The front panel is soft coated with a refreshed dashboard design, a 7-inch touchscreen is placed to connect it to your smartphone and is further optimized with a set of eight speakers. The driver’s sitting position is lifted in order to provide a wider and commanding view of the road. The car comes with new analog gauges.
The Toyota Rush 2018 model packs a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 2NR-VE engine with Dual VVT-i tuned up from the previous Toyota Veloz and Toyota Sienta. Owing to this new engine, considerable power of 104 PS can be reached at 6,000 rpm together with a peak torque of 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm.
Additionally, this new engine is smaller than the former. That company says performance is adequate and its fuel consumption is better. By way of illustration, this 16-valve engine has a fuel economy 10% better than the predecessors.
The suspension system is also reworked using MacPherson Strut front suspension combined with Stabilizer and Coil Spring. After refinement, it is softer and ready to overcome any kind of roads smoothly and comfortably.
Other than that, the strong and solid 215/65 R16 and 215/60 R17 alloy wheels with Machining tires for the G and TRD Sportivo respectively also give a great assistance in the performance of the new Rush.
The SUV is expected to come with a price tag of around Rs 3 to 3.5 million. While it is higher than Honda and Suzuki’s offerings, the added features are sure help turn this into a more competitive market segment.