2018 Toyota Rush – Interior Exterior and Drive!
The 2018 Toyota Rush has been fully unveiled in Indonesia, the biggest market for the seven-seater SUV. The new “Tough dan Dynamic” Rush has a new image, possessing more of an MPV-SUV style compared to the boxy faux 4×4 look of old. We see some Fortuner in the new design – like what you see?
The new Rush is powered by a new engine for the model. It’s the 2NR 1.5 litre engine as found in our new Perodua Myvi and the Toyota Avanza, and here the DOHC Dual VVT-i unit makes 104 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Power goes to the rear wheels (overhauled platform) via a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
If the new Rush looks tall, it is, with ground clearance of 220 mm, good for bad roads and minor flooding. That’s significantly more than the Honda BR-V’s 201 mm. At 4,435 mm long and 1,695 mm wide, the Rush is 18 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than the Honda, although its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 23 mm longer than the BR-V’s.
Much like the new Myvi, the new Rush has received a big bump in standard equipment, especially in lighting and safety. We’ll start with the more important things, such as six airbags, VSC, ABS, EBD hill start assist, emergency stop signal and seatbelt indicators for seven seats – all standard across the board. LED headlamps with LED light guides and LED rear lamps are also on every Rush.
Also on the standard kit list are things like tilt adjustable steering, keyless entry and push start, reverse camera and eight speakers. Moving from the G to TRD Sportivo will net one a soft touch two-tone dashboard, a DVD-AVX seven-inch touchscreen head unit with Miracast, Weblink, Bluetooth and Waze support, colour multi-info display, auto air con with digital display and USB chargers for every row.
The TRD Sportivo models are easily distinguished by bold front and rear underguards, chunky fog lamp housing and extra side moulding. The top variant also gets 17-inch wheels, an inch larger than the G’s rims. Pricing will be revealed early next year. What do you think of the new Rush? This will surely provide better competition to the Honda BR-V, in both Indonesia and Malaysia.
Also published on Medium.