Toyota Considering New Rush Compact SUV For Indian Market

2018 Toyota Rush India Launch

– If launched in India, the new Toyota Rush will compete against the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and Nissan Kick.

– The new Toyota Rush is a 7-seater SUV and could share its mechanics with Corolla Sedan.

– It is expected to be priced in the bracket of Rs 10 and Rs 15 lakh.

There is no doubt that the compact SUV/Crossover is the fastest growing segment across the world. Launches like Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta have also set the Indian compact SUV segment on fire. Japanese automaker, Toyota has a high-selling model – Fortuner – in the premium SUV segment. However, the company does not have any product in the affordable SUV segment which is gaining huge popularity among Indian buyers. Though, Toyota has some SUVs in its global porfolio which could make their way in the Indian market. One such product is the all-new Toyota Rush, which was recently launched in the Indonesian market.

If media reports are to be believed, the company is planning to bring a new SUV from its global portfolio to Indian market. The new SUV will be priced between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh. The report further adds that Toyota may launch the Rush or the CH-R in India. CHR is based on the Toyota’s New Generation Platform, which will make it pricier for the Indian market. On the flip side, the Toyota Rush is based on a low-cost platform and it could be the product that will be launched in the Indian market in coming time. Inspired by the Daihatsu FT concept, the 2018 Toyota Rush receives comprehensive design and feature updates. The Rush is a 7-seater model, which might give it an edge over its five-seater rivals including Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur. This SUV might impact the sales of Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV500. At the moment, Toyota will launch the new Yaris mid-sized sedan in the Indian market in 2018.

2018 Toyota Rush Key Features 

– New chromed grille
– Sweptback LED headlamps
– Silver bumper garnish
– Long hexagonal radiator grille
– Pronounced hood
– Retractable wing mirrors with LED side turn
– Black plastic body cladding
– New dashboard layout
– Beige trims and dual tone treatment with dark materials
– Silver bits on steering wheel and dashboard
– Instrument console has blue and white backlighting
– 7.0-inch touchscreen with reverse parking camera display
– Three large cup holders instead of centre armrest

New 2018 Toyota Rush Pictures

Toyota Rush India Launch

The new-generation Toyota Rush compact SUV is already on sale in the Indonesian market. Reports suggest that the Japanese automaker could introduce this 7-seater SUV in India. The exact launch timeline of this SUV is yet to be announced. We believe that the new model could take another couple of years before going on sale in India. Read – New Toyota Rush Vs Old Rush – What’s New

Toyota Rush Price in India

MinimumRs 8 lakh
MaximumRs 12 lakh

If launched in India, the Toyota’s new compact SUV will go up against the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and Nissan Kicks. In fact, it might impact the sales of Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa. Aiming to withstand rival, Toyota might come up with aggressive pricing. Currently, the Creta and Captur are available in the price bracket of Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. We believe that the Rush will be priced slightly higher than the competition and it could be priced around Rs 10-15 lakh.

2018 Toyota Rush India Features

Toyota Rush India Specifications

The Indonesia-spec 2018 Toyota Rush is powered by a 2NR-VE, 4-cylinder petrol engine benefited with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) technology. This petrol motor is capable to deliver a top power of 102.57bhp (104PS) against 141Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties on the SUV are taken care of by a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. While the former is available on the entry-level G variant, the latter one is offered on the TRD Sportivo variant. The front-wheel drive (FWD) system comes as standard across the carline.

Rumour has it that the India-spec new Toyota compact SUV will be developed to house a diesel powertrain. If it happens, the compact SUV might share its engine with the Toyota Corolla Altis. The sedan’s 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder D-4D oil burner makes 87.2bhp at 3,800rpm and 205Nm between 1800rpm – 2800rpm. However, there is nothing official about the technical specifications of the vehicle.

Toyota Rush India Mileage

It would be quite early to make a comment on its mileage as the engine details are still unknown to us. Though, we can expect it to be as fuel efficient as its Indian rivals. Check Out – Upcoming Toyota Cars in India 

2018 Toyota Rush Touchscreen Infotainment System

Toyota Rush India Exterior

In terms of design and styling, the 2018 Toyota Rush is inspired by the Daihatsu FT concept that broke cover at the GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show) in 2015. Face of the 7 –seater SUV looks aggressive with elements like new black finish grille flanked by bi-beam LED reflector headlamps, silver bumper garnish, L-shaped daytime running lights, a long hexagonal radiator grille, blackened fog lamps and pronounced hood. Styling elements such as retractable wing mirrors with chrome garnishing and integrated LED side turn indicators are carried over from the previous model. The prominent wheel arches are fitted with 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels on the TRD Sportivo variant, while the entry-level G trim gets 16-inch alloy wheels. Read About – New Toyota Fortuner | New Toyota Innova Crysta

The side profile is further accentuated by muscular creases, chromed door handles and black plastic body cladding. Features such TRD badged skid plates with treatment and side moulding are reserved for the top-end model. At the rear, the car sports high-mounted LED stop lamp, LED taillights, sporty bumper with reflectors, rear spoiler and large windshield with wiper create a sporty rear. While the FT Concept was 4,350mm long, 1,750mm wide, 1,690mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,685mm, the new 2018 Rush is bigger in proportions. It measures 4,435mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,705mm in height. Though, its wheelbase is similar to the FT concept. Read – New Toyota Vios To Challenge Honda City

Toyota Rush India Interior

2018 Toyota Rush Interior

Interior of the new-gen model is surely more upmarket and feature-loaded than the previous one. The car gets a new dashboard layout with soft-touch materials and beige trims. The dual tone (Black & Beige) treatment gives it a more refreshing look. You will notice beige trims on the door panels as well. The silver bits on steering wheel and dashboard add more to its premium appearance. The instrument console has blue and white backlighting.

While the manual air conditioning unit with memory function is standard across the carline, the automatic climate control is restricted to the range-topping TRD Sportivo varaint. There is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Miracast and weblink capabilities integrated on the centre console. It also works as a display for the reverse parking camera. The keyless entry, near-field communication (NFC) compatible devices and an eight speaker audio system are offered only on the TRD Sportivo trim.

The 2018 Toyota Rush gets three large cup holders instead of centre armrest. Similar to the old model, the new one has 50:50 split fold second row seat with one-touch tumble, two headrests and reclining and sliding feature. One can also separate the foldable third row seat. The seat cover design with rear stitches adds more to its sporty appearance.

With respect to safety, the new-gen model comes  equipped with six airbag, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), hill start assist, VSC (vehicle stability control), 3-point ELRx2 pretensioner and force limiter seatbelts, child safety door lock, ISOFIX and side door beam.

Toyota Rush India Colours

Similar to the Indonesia-spec model, the India-bound version could be offered in a choice of four colour options – White, Champagne Metallic, Black Metallic and Grey Metallic.

Toyota Rush India Competition

If launched in India, this new Toyota compact SUV will compete against the new Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and upcoming Nissan Kicks Compact SUV.


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