Toyota Rush India

Dhruv

Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.

The next generation Toyota Rush a.k.a. Daihatsu Terios could be launched in India to rival the Hyundai Creta. Prices of the upcoming Toyota compact SUV will fall in the Rs. 9-14 lakh range. Read on to know more about 2018 Toyota Rush launch in India, expected price, specifications and other details.

Toyota Rush India launch
Next generation 2018 Toyota Rush likely to come to India by the end of next year

Toyota Rush – Overview

The second generation Toyota Rush currently sold in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. It is based on the Daihatsu Terios but has a slightly longer wheelbase to accommodate a third row of seats. The Daihatsu Terios nameplate might be unheard of in India, but the first generation model made it to India in the form of Premier Rio – a compact SUV manufactured under license by PAL that was launched in October 2009. The current generation Rush has been around since 2006 and the next generation model codename D14N is due in 2018. TKM announced its intentions of launching a compact SUV in India in May 2015 and it is this new model based on the Daihatsu FT Concept that may be launched as Toyota Rush.

Toyota Rush Launch in India

Model Name Launch Date (expected)
New Toyota Compact SUV (Toyota Rush) End 2018

Spy shots of the Rush first surfaced online in December 2014 and have been fuelling rumours of the Toyota Rush India launch. However, those test mules bearing MH 14 plates were likely being used by a rival manufacturer for bench marking purposes as TKM’s manufacturing unit is located near Bangalore in Karnataka. Also, the current generation will require extensive R&D to make it compatible with a diesel engine, a must for the Indian market. But investing in a model that is due for an upgrade in 2018 is not feasible so, in all probability, it is the next generation 2018 Toyota Rush that will come to India. The Toyota/Daihatsu D14N is expected to be launched in Indonesia sometime next year and could arrive in India by the end of 2018.

Toyota Rush India Spy Shot
Despite spy shots and intense media speculation, the current generation Toyota Rush will not be launched in India.

Toyota Rush Price in India

Variant Ex-showroom Price (estimated)
Base Model Rs. 9.00 Lakh
Top Model Rs. 13.00 Lakh

It is unclear whether the upcoming Toyota compact SUV will be sub 4-meter offering to rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza or slightly larger to take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta. Currently, the Toyota Rush measures about the same as the Creta but comes with three rows of seats.

Toyota Rush Specifications

Toyota Rush Petrol (current model)
Engine 1.5 L 3SZ-VE VVT-i Petrol
Power 109 PS
Torque 141 Nm
Transmission 5-speed Manual/4-speed Automatic
Mileage -NA-

It is hard to say which engines will power the next generation Rush. Petrol variants of the Rush will continue with a 1.5 L Petrol unit, but it could be a 2NR-FE 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine. For the Indian market, Toyota may consider using the 1.4 L Diesel mill that powers the Corolla Altis. The Etios’ 1.4 L diesel that makes just 67 PS might be considered underpowered for the compact SUV.

Toyota Rush Mileage

Variant Estimated Overall Fuel Efficiency
Petrol 18-19 KMPL
Diesel 22-23 KMPL

Again, since there a lot of uncertainty surrounding the engine and transmission options the 2018 Toyota Rush will receive, it is difficult to estimate the fuel consumption figure.

Daihatsu FX Concept Image Gallery

Toyota Rush Design – Exterior and Interior

The Rush is designed to be a recreational urban SUV that blends the qualities of a 7-seat MPV with the high seating position and enhanced ground clearance of an SUV. The upcoming 2018 model will be based on the Daihatsu FX and FT concepts that were unveiled at the 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. Since the two are just concepts, the actual model will look different. However, the concepts still give us a fair idea as to what the next generation Daihatsu Terios aka Toyota Rush may look like. Toyota could adopt the “Distinctive Diamond” design philosophy for the new Rush, something we have seen on the 2018 Toyota C-HR. Much like the current generation model, the third generation Terios aka Rush could be launched in short wheelbase and long wheelbase formats based on the FX and FT concepts respectively.

Upcoming Toyota Compact SUV in India could be based on Daihatsu FT Concept
Daihatsu FT Concept could be the design inspiration for the next generation Daihatsu Terios/Toyota Rush

Like the exterior, the cabin could be a toned down version of the FT or FX concepts. The dashboard could blend cues from the concepts with Toyota’s driver-centric “MeZONE” orientation. Toyota will offer the Rush in two configurations – 5-seat and 7-seat.

Toyota Rush Features

For a car more than a year from launch, it is tough to predict the exact set of features it will come with. However, we expect it to get

Exterior

  • LED DRLs
  • LED stop lamps
  • 16 inch Alloy wheels
  • Projector headlamps
  • Body cladding
  • Faux front and rear skid plates

Interior

  • Automatic climate control
  • 7 inch Touchscreen AVN
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Electrically adjustable ORVMs with electric fold function

Safety

  • Will aim for 5 star Bharat NCAP Safety Regulations
  • Dual front airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points

Daihatsu FT Concept Image Gallery

Toyota Rush Preview
Toyota Rush TRD Sportivo at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show headlight

Product Name: Toyota Rush

Product Description: Toyota's upcoming compact SUV for India could be the 2018 Toyota Rush aka Daihatsu Terios

Price: 900,000

Currency: INR

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Summary

Next generation Toyota Rush/Daihatsu Terios could be based on the Daihatsu FX and FT concepts. Toyota could launch the 2018 Rush in India as its compact SUV challenger.

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