Top Gear Philippines

Southeast Asian markets are suckers for seven-seater SUVs. Maybe it's because our region deals with problems like bumpy roads, traffic jams, and natural disasters on a regular basis. When you consider those factors, it shouldn't be surprising when vehicles that can conquer potholes, keep you comfy in traffic, and wade water to a reasonable degree tend to be popular. Whenever we see that an all-new one has been launched in a neighboring country, we have this habit of getting just a bit excited. 

Meet the all-new Toyota Rush, which was just unveiled in Indonesia. It's a seven-seater SUV smaller than the Fortuner, and closer to something like the Honda BR-V. Its dimensions (4,435mm x 1,695mm x 1,705mm) certainly put it in that ballpark. The outside features slim headlights with LED strips, a dark chrome grille, and integrated rear LED combination lamps. The Sportivo variants get some extras like extra mouldings, front and rear underguards, and 17in alloy wheels (the regular G variants get 16in). Also included with the Sportivos is smart keyless entry.

Inside, all variants get push-button start, tilt-adjusted steering, and a reversing camera. The Sportivos get a soft-touch two-tone dashboard, a 7in touchscreen, automatic air-con with digital display, a colorful display panel, power slots in every row, and a high-end audio system. Like the BR-V, the Rush comes with a 1.5-liter engine. Toyota's Dual VVT-i mill produces 103hp and 136Nm, paired to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

Because of the ever-realiable law of regional automotive attraction, we can't help but wonder if the all-new Rush will make its way here. We can't say for sure at this point, but our car-guy spider-sense reckons that we just might see it sooner rather than later.


Jason Tulio
Staff Writer
Like most guys, Jason inherited his love for cars from watching his dad talk about and tinker with them while he was growing up. Since then, he has leveled up into the roles of motoring journalist/wannabe mechanic/concerned motorist.
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