New Toyota Kid on the Block – Toyota Rush!

New Toyota Rush - Outdoors

A brand new Toyota is on the block. Officially called the Rush – unofficially referred to as “Baby Fortuner!”

It slots into the fast-growing SUV segment. Which as you will see in the graphic below – is becoming a worldwide trend. Eight SUV’s feature in the top 20 vehicles sold in 2018 thus far. And (whoop, whoop) the number 1 SUV in terms of sale volume is none other than our own, RAV4!

Top selling cars worldwide – 2018

So the new Toyota Rush looks set to find it’s spot on the sales chart. Why? Quite simply, you’d be hard pressed to get into another SUV at the price of the Rush (R299,990 at launch). Now anyone can enjoy the outdoor life and have the vehicle to make it possible!

Is the Rush Just a Sheep in Wolves Clothing

Can it take the beating of navigating uncharted territory and get you back home in one piece? You better believe it can. It’s a Toyota boet!

Seriously though – The Rush boasts a respectable ground clearance of 220 mm. A 1.5-litre dual-vvti engine sits under the hood, generating 77 kW & 136 Nm of torque. In layman’s terms – that’s enough power to haul the entire family and equipment through the hilly Mpumalanga slopes on your way to the Kruger Park! (Now that’s a long overdue trip worth taking.)

What’s more, especially critical in 2018 – The fuel tab won’t burn a hole through your wallet either. Thanks to the Toyota VVT-i engine technology, Rush fuel consumption for the manual model sits at 6,6 lts/100 km and 6.7 lts/100 km for the auto.

Toyota Rush - Adventure
The Rush has the looks & muscle to satisfy your adventure bug!

Step Inside the Machine

Step inside the Rush and a combination of technology and comfort greet you. There’s a 2-tone steering wheel with embedded audio controls. The 2-tone design continues along the lower dash and arm-rests. Creating a striking contrast!

Then there is the colourful speedo cluster with all types of useful information relayed on the digital display in the centre.

I know when I occasionally swap cars over the weekend – the family’s fingers almost always, gravitate first to the audio system.

Then the questions begin…
“Does it have a reverse cam?”, “Does it have Bluetooth?” and “What about USB?”
And the holy grail, “Can it play music from my iPhone?!”
So you’ll be chuffed to know that the Rush has all that and more. You can even mirror your smartphone entirely onto the infotainment system – acting as an extension of your phone.
But don’t worry about eating your data using Google Maps – as the system comes standard with built-in navigation too!

Other Technical Stuff

There’s more than meets the eye. Like safety features usually only found on premium models.
Here are a few highlights

  • Driver, passenger, side & curtain airbags
  • Alarm & Immobilizer
  • ABS braking system
  • Park Distance Control
  • Hill Assist Control
  • Vehicle Stability Control

More stats below for those who enjoy reading the encyclopedia for fun. The Rush comes standard with Toyota’s 5 year / 90,000 km service plan & 3 year / 100,000 km warranty.

Spec Rush Manual / Automatic
ABS Standard
Vehicle Stability Control Standard
Park Distance Control Standard
Airbag D+P+S+C
Anti-theft Immobiliser + Alarm
Smart Entry Standard
Bumper Colour Coded
Backdoor garnish Painted
Outside door handles Colour Coded
Outside Rear View Mirror Electric + Power Retractable
Wheel 17″ Alloy
Spare wheel Full Size
Radiator grille Smoked Chrome
Headlamps LED (smoke + black)
Fog lamp Front Only
Light control system Auto
Roof spoiler Standard
Roof rail Standard
Inside door handles Chrome
Steering wheel & shift lever Leather
Inside Rear View Mirror Day and Night
Power Windows Standard
Accessory socket Standard -3
Air conditioner Dual Auto
Smart Entry Standard

There you have our take on the new Mini-Suv, Toyota Rush! We’ve had them literally flying out of our showroom since launch – and right now have a waiting list longer than Santa’s beard….

But don’t worry supply is set to improve drastically by mid-September, so come in and put your name down NOW! Call our team on 031 949 6500 and we’ll get you into this revolutionary new Toyota.

Here’s a short, impartial video review by Ignition Live that I think you will enjoy. 


About the author

Durban South Toyota

Durban South Toyota is a flagship Toyota Dealer in South Africa. From humble beginnings in Rockview Road, Amanzimtoti, we have steadily grown to where we are today. Visit us at 2 Prospecton Rd, to experience a difference, in Service Excellence. Post by Zakaria Desai, IT & Social Media Manager.

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