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2018 Toyota Rush sets its sights on the Honda BR-V

2018 Toyota Rush sets its sights on the Honda BR-V image

Marcus De Guzman / Toyota | November 23, 2017 19:13

Toyota enters the seven-seater B-segment scene with all-new Rush

Toyota is looking to cash in on the seven-seater market once again after revealing the all-new Rush SUV in Indonesia. Billed by the company as 'Tough and Dynamic', the 2018 Rush blends SUV styling with MPV functionality in a miniature package.

Beginning with its exterior, the Rush gets styling cues from its bigger brother, the Fortuner. The front end is dominated by upswept headlights along with a four-slat grill. Meanwhile, the rear fascia gets quarter-flanking taillights reminiscent of the Fortuner. High-end models will even come with a tailgate-mounted spoiler, roof rails and large alloy wheels.

2018 Toyota Rush sets its sights against the Honda BR-V

TRD Sportivo variants will get additional exterior equipment which includes unique front and rear bumpers, large foglight bezels, front and rear undeguards, directional-style alloy wheels and side door protection moldings.

In terms of size, the all-new Rush measures in at 4435mm long and 1695mm wide (Toyota has yet to state the Rush's height). Side-by-side with the Honda BR-V, the Rush is 18mm shorter lengthwise and 40mm narrower. However, the Rush does have a longer wheelbase which comes in at 2685mm. This makes the BR-V's wheelbase shorter by 23mm.

2018 Toyota Rush sets its sights against the Honda BR-V

Over to its interior, the Rush gets a mix of styling cues from both the Avanza and Fortuner. Like most Toyotas on offer today, the Rush is equipped with the signature Optitron gauges with center multi-info display on the instrument panel. A three-spoke steering-wheel with audio controls comes as standard, along with digital climate control system and a touchscreen infotainment system. USB charging slots are also placed in all rows of seats.

A mix of black and what appears to be off-white beige blankets the cabin which can be seen on the dashboard, door panels, seats and headlining.

2018 Toyota Rush sets its sights against the Honda BR-V 

Driving the 2018 Rush is a 1.5-liter 2NR-FE four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-i. It is derived from the Toyota Avanza and produces 104 PS at 6000 rpm along with 136 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.

2018 Toyota Rush sets its sights against the Honda BR-V

Available features and amenities in the 2018 Rush include LED lighting for the headlights and taillights, six airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist and a seatbelt reminder.

There is no word yet if Toyota will offer the 2018 Rush in other markets beside Indonesia.