Toyota has announced its entry into the high-riding, B-segment, seven-seat market in the Philippines. But hold your horses, we’ll have to wait ubtil the second quarter of 2018 before it officially arrives here, that’s according to Toyota Motors Philippines president, Satoru Suzuki.
For quite some time now, Honda has had that market all to themselves. Toyota aims to counter that with the the all-new Rush. Once it’s out in the market, the Rush is set to go against the likes of the aforementioned Honda BR-V, and the up and coming Mitsubishi Xpander.
While the name Rush is new to the Philippines, it's been offered in Indonesia for quite some time now and this particular model is the second-generation. Unique to the Rush is its construction. Whereas the BR-V and Xpander are car-based MPVs, Toyota's offering rides on a full-ladder frame, much like the Avanza. Speaking of which, the Rush is based on an extended Avanza platform. That also means there are some key similarities under the skin, particularly in the powertrain department.
Providing motivation for the Rush is a 1.5-liter, Dual VVT-i engine lifted from the Avanza. Power is rated at 103 PS and 136 Nm. It then shifts via a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual. Unlike its primary competitors, the Rush is rear-wheel drive. There is no all-wheel drive option available.
As for its design, the Rush takes cues from its much larger stablemate, the Fortuner. The front fascia sees a pair of upswept headlights, which is then complemented by a four-slat grill. Its bumper corners meanwhile has a pair of faux air intakes which serve as the fog light housings for the crossover. The rear on the other hand gets quarter-flanking taillights reminiscent of the Fortuner.
For now, details are scarce surrounding the Philippine-spec Rush. We'll know more once the second quarter of the year draws closer.