India's dearest Toyota Rush gets TRD accessories in South Africa

Anjan Ravi

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Toyota South Africa has introduced TRD accessories for the Toyota Rush, which was launched in their market last month in two variants. Customers can now choose individual TRD accessories, or have all the TRD accessories applied to replicate the look of the Rush TRD Sportivo variant offered in Indonesia, where the Rush is sourced from.

2018 Toyota Rush front three quarters
The Toyota Rush comes in two variants in South Africa, both 2WD. The car is imported from Toyota Astra Motor (Indonesia).

The range starts from the TRD front bumper spoiler and extends to parts such as a faux diffuser/skid-plate for the rear and TRD side moldings. Toyota even lets customers opt for the TRD foglight covers and TRD decals which are placed on the rear door and bootlid.

However, there are no mechanical upgrades on offer. Both variants of the Toyota Rush sold in South Africa are powered by a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE in-line four-cylinder petrol engine capable of 104 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Both variants are offered only with 2WD (the Rush is a rear-wheel drive SUV).

At the tape, the Toyota Rush measures 4,435 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, 1,705 mm tall and 2,685 mm in wheelbase. Standard features include LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, smart entry with push-button start, navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control and rear parking sensors.

2018 Toyota Rush rear three quarters
Toyota has no intentions to bring the petrol-only Rush to India. Via social media and emails, IAB received at least one request every day for six years on the local launch of Rush and Avanza.

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While Toyota's Indian arm, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, has been studying the compact SUV space for close to 8 years now, there are no immediate plans to bring the Rush to the Indian market. Instead, Toyota's MoU with Suzuki, which gives the company access to products like the Maruti Vitara Brezza among others, could be leveraged in the short term before the company invests big in a brand new product.

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