The Toyota Rush SUV is expected to be launched in India by 2020-2021 to rival the not quite successful Honda BR-V.
The Honda BR-V has not recorded much success in the Indian auto market. However, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has reportedly made a risky decision to introduce a similar model, the Toyota Rush, in the Indian auto market. Reportedly, the new model will launch in 2020 or 2021.
The Toyota Rush has long been rumoured to be India-bound. Despite being particularly developed for ASEAN auto markets, the SUV has been available in more than 100 countries. Globally introduced in November 2017, the existing model has been offered with 5-seat and 7-set layouts, both of which come with the same wheelbase. However, like the Honda BR-V, only the 7-seater version is expected to come to Indian shores. To further satisfy the increasing demand on subcompact SUVs in India, Toyota-badged Vitara Brezza with a 5-seat layout is scheduled to go on sale by 2022.
Only the 7-seater version of the Toyota Rush will come to India.
Expected to be underpinned by the TNGA platform, the Rush SUV will be both strong and lightweight. In terms of dimensions, the Toyota Rush will be 4,435 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,705 mm high with a wheelbase and a ground clearance of 2,685 mm and 220 mm, respectively.
The Rush SUV is likely to keep under its hood a 2NR-VE 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i 4-cylinder petrol motor borrowed from the Toyota Yaris as its only power source. The engine can deliver a maximum power of 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The power is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed MT gearbox or a 4-speed AT unit. Since there is no diesel variant available with the SUV in the international market, this decreasingly popular type of motor is unlikely to be offered in India-spec Toyota Rush, either.
The Toyota Rush SUV is expected to borrow the powertrain from the Toyota Yaris.
Although the exact launch date of the Toyota Rush SUV has yet to be confirmed by the Japanese auto manufacturer, it is expected to be launched in India in 2020 or 2021 with a starting price of Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom). Its specific feature list and prices will be announced on the day of its launch. Once launched in India, it will compete against the Jeep Compass, the Hyundai Tucson, the Honda BR-V and the new-gen 7-seat Hyundai Creta.