It began with the Honda BR-V entering the scene a couple of years ago. Then came the Mitsubishi Xpander that was unveiled last March. Now, it’s Toyota’s turn to join the seven-seat compact MPV segment with the introduction of the 2018 Rush.
Making its Philippine debut today, the Toyota Rush serves up a mix of MPV practicality with SUV ruggedness. The newest Toyota offering slots right smack in between the Innova and its smaller Avanza cousin. This one does take styling bit from the Fortuner, such as the front end, but adds touches like black plastic body cladding for a bit of protection and style.
Measuring 4,435mm long, 1,695mm wide, and 1,705mm tall, the Rush promises that “just right” size that’s useful especially in crowded city streets. Its 2,685mm wheelbase does offer ample room for three rows of seats, while the 220mm ground clearance will definitely come in handy when traversing floods.
The Toyota Rush shares underpinnings with the Avanza and also utilizes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with Dual VVT-I variable valve timing tech. This allows it to produce 104hp and 142Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.