By Mxolisi Mhlongo
Toyota has introduced an SUV that seats below the popular Rav4. The new Toyota Rush is a model pitched squarely at the small SUV segment and, no, it’s not a Avanza facelift.
The front gets an angular design, LED headlamps and large dark grey trapezoidal grille. Fog lamps are mounted in a triangular space below the grille.
The side design shows the Rush’s high ground clearance. It comes with stylish 17-inch alloy wheels. A crease line flows from the front wheel to the rear tail lamp edge with matching black roof rails and body-colour rear roof spoiler. The rear gets LED-equipped rear lamp clusters. Buyers have a choice of five exterior colours namely; Tusk White, Quicksilver, Ruby Metallic, Liquid Bronze Metallic and Graphite Black.
The five-seat interior layout adopts a symmetrical design with Toyota claiming ease-of-use operational zones focusing on ergonomics. The upper dashboard houses a touchscreen audio system, equipped with Bluetooth, USB and Android Auto Plus Show/Apple CarPlay functionality. The lower dashboard contains the dual-zone electronic climate control, 12-volt accessory connector and storage area. The speedo cluster features large graphics with a blue semi-circular motif and chrome surrounds. A centrally-mounted multi-information display relays user-selectable information to the driver, which includes a colour Eco indicator.
The seats are finished in patterned black fabric with similar inlays on the door panels. The rear seats feature three independently-adjustable headrests and 60/40 tip-forward function. 609 litres of luggage capacity is provided and the rear seats can be folded forward independently to further boost cargo space. An integrated Reverse camera and Park Distance Control (PDC) add both convenience and safety. The model also comes with keyless entry and push-start ignition.
The drive is provided by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder DOHC engine, with outputs of 77 kW/136 Nm driving the rear wheels via either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic. Fuel claims are 6.6l/100km (manual) and 6.7l/100km (automatic).
A six-services/90 000-kilometre service plan comes standard, backed up by a three-year/100 000km warranty. The service intervals are set at 15 000 kilometres.
Model Line-up and Pricing:
Rush 1.5 MT – R299 900 Rush 1.5 AT – R 313 500