Toyota PH Confirms Arrival of Toyota Rush MPV Soon
The subcompact MPV race will become a tight one sometime this year as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has confirmed it is bringing in the Toyota Rush.
TMP President Satoru Suzuki himself made the revelation in his speech during the opening of the Japanese carmaker’s Media Thanksgiving Party yesterday, February 13. Other than that, nothing else was said about the Rush’s arrival in the Philippines though, if we had to make a guess, the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show would be the perfect venue to launch it.
Sharing the same platform as the Daihatsu Terios, the Toyota Rush will go up against the Suzuki Ertiga, the Honda Mobilio and Honda BR-V, and the latest contender in the subcompact MPV market: the Mitsubishi Xpander. Considering that it’s a seven-seater, the Rush will also go up against a locally-popular stablemate: the Toyota Avanza.
The Toyota Rush–at least for the Indonesia market where it is made and sold–is powered by a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE engine that it shares with the Avanza. Mated to it is either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission that produces 103 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque @ 4,200 rpm. Curiously, the Rush is being marketed in Indonesia as a subcompact SUV despite its strictly rear-wheel-drive powertrain, so it’s very likely that when it reaches our shores, TMP will pit it against the similarly-packaged Honda BR-V.
As for its pricing, with an overall package that looks a lot better than the Avanza, we expect it to be priced at over P1.1 million at the very least.
Now that you know the Toyota Rush is coming soon, will you wait for it over its rivals or will you jump the gun and just buy what you want in the next couple of months?