Late in June 2018, a local Toyota dealership published an Instagram post (which has since been deleted) revealing supposed pricing for the new two-derivative Toyota Rush range. Well, turns out the figures Freeway Toyota in Johannesburg quoted were a little off.
Yes, Toyota South Africa has now announced that the five-speed manual version of the fresh-faced crossover will actually cost R299 900 (and not R302 900, as reported earlier) while the four-speed automatic will come in at R313 500 (not at R316 600).
The local arm of the Japanese automaker has furthermore confirmed that front foglamps, 17-inch alloys, a touchscreen-based infotainment system (with sat-nav as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality), dual-zone climate control, automatic LED headlamps, rear parking sensors, reversing camera and keyless entry will come standard regardless of transmission choice.
Local buyers will have the choice of five exterior colours: Tusk White, Quicksilver, Ruby Metallic, Liquid Bronze Metallic and Graphite Black.
In terms of safety, the Toyota Rush comes fitted with ABS, vehicle stability control, hill assist control and six airbags, while an alarm (plus immobiliser) is also included. The crossover benefits from Toyota SA’s recently updated service plan arrangement and thus comes standard with a six-service/90 000 km plan (with intervals of 15 000 km), as well as a three-year or 100 000 km warranty.
As a reminder, the Rush is very closely related to the latest, third-generation version of the Daihatsu Terios, sharing both its styling and its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. Both, of course, are based on the Toyota Avanza platform.
The Rush measures 4 435 mm long, with a wheelbase of 2 685 mm (for reference, that makes its 18 mm shorter than a Honda BR-V with an extra 30 mm between its axles). While the vehicle is offered in seven-seater guise in markets like Indonesia (where it is built), only the five-seater will be available in South Africa. The latter, though, boasts a claimed luggage capacity of 609 litres.
Power comes from the Japanese automaker’s naturally aspirated 1,5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which sends 77 kW and 136 N.m to the rear axle, while ground clearance comes in at a useful 220 mm. The manual variant sips at a claimed 6,6 L/100 km while the self-shifting derivative comes in at a claimed 6,7 L/100 km.
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