Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 06 July 2018
As South African’s it is fair to say that we love our outdoor family adventures. The Toyota Fortuner has long-concreted its standing as a top player in the family SUV segment with its wealth of space and go-anywhere abilities. Now Toyota SA has introduced the new Rush model, an even more affordable “compact” SUV with a lot of space on offer and some great outdoor prowess. We spent some time in the beautiful Eastern Cape Addo Elephant Park driving it and discovering what it offers.
What Is It?
The Rush is a compact family based SUV that offers a five-seater configuration, sharp angles and lines and compact dimensions that still manage to offer a lot in the way of space and practicality.
The Rush is 4.435 metres long, 1.695 metres wide and 1.705 metres high, and packs impressive ride height. The front-end is aggressively styled and exudes much presence thanks to a large grille with LED daytime running lamps and a high-set bonnet. Impressively styled alloy wheels and flared wheel arches give the Rush its sporty yet rugged appearance.
The deep-seated grille design and angular fog-light surrounds help give the Rush its distinct Toyota family styling. This design language is further continued within the interior space.
The dashboard bears many of the same lines we see in the Fortuner model. Toyota’s modern angular design fascia sets the stage for a centrally located 7-inch touchscreen-based multimedia system and a wide host of media choices available. The cabin also features the likes of climate controlled airconditioning, keyless entry, start-stop button and 12V outlets for each of the seating rows. The blend of two-tone materials such as contrasting light and dark materials all help make the interior space remain a striking yet functional place to be seated.
The Rush is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 77 kW of power and 136 Nm of torque. All the power is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, with power driven through the rear wheels.
Impressive ride height mated to very competent motor makes for smooth driving conditions in which during launch I was able to tackle several surfaces ranging from smooth tarmac to far more rutted gravel and across the whole spectrum, the Rush performed very well. The proven 1.5-litre petrol-driven motor also manages to be best performing on the move around the city.
The Rush slots in very well to Toyota’s already expansive model line-up within South Africa. It brings with it vast amounts of space and practicality, all complimented by Toyota’s proven reliability and expansive dealer network. When you factor in its affordable price, stylish image and all-terrain abilities it certainly seems set to be somewhat of a market shaker.
Toyota Rush High (Manual Transmission) – R299,900
Toyota Rush High (Automatic Transmission) – R313,500