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

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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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.  

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