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Toyota Plans Compact SUV For India

Toyota Rush India

The compact SUV rush (no pun intended) is far from over as yet another manufacturer has decided to develop a compact crossover. Japanese automobile giant, Toyota is contemplating bringing in a compact SUV to position it in the Rs. 8-12 lakh bracket. This SUV will rival the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport and is expected to hit Indian roads by 2014. Toyota is still in the initial stages of deciding other aspects of the crossover, including model, variants, engines and pricing. Currently half of Toyota sales come from the Innova.

Toyota already has a compact SUV in other Asian markets. Known as the Toyota Rush, the compact SUV does have something in common with the Premier Rio. The Rio is the first generation Daihatsu Terios, while the Rush is the second generation Terios. The vehicle is sold in Japan, Chile, Turkey, Malaysia and China. The current generation model was launched in 2006 and the third generation model is expected sometime next year. Toyota will most likely launch the next generation model in India if they plan to bring in a compact SUV.

The Toyota Rush is sold in short and long wheel base versions which offer 5 and 7-seats respectively. This compact SUV is a rear-wheel drive and is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine. Toyota will use the 1.4-litre D4-D diesel engine from the Corolla Altis in the Indian Rush. The 1.5-litre VVT-i engine produces 109 PS of peak power at 6000 RPM and 141 Nm of peak torque at 4400 RPM. This is the same engine which does duty in the Vios in South East Asiq. This engine will not be offered in India and the 1.4-litre petrol engine from the Etios sedan will make its way into the Rush.

The Toyota Rush runs on 215/65/R16 tyres and weighs 1220 kgs. It has ABS, EBD and Airbags as standard on the top end variant. There are three variants available in Malaysia – 1.5G (MT), 1.5G (AT) and 1.5S (AT). The Rush is offered with 4-wheel drive but that is not likely to make it to India.

2012 Toyota Rush

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  • rajeev July 10, 2012, 8:16 pm

    i wana this suv whe time they came in jharkhand

  • Ironman July 10, 2012, 10:13 pm

    The title should be: Toyota Plans ’2wd’ Compact SUV For India ..
    Thanks but no thanks Toyota…

    This Rush with a short wheel base, 1.4-litre D4-D diesel engine in ’4WD’ would’ve otherwise been perfect

  • raj July 11, 2012, 12:38 pm

    This article says that ecosport will be launched in 2014 that is one year after RUSH something misleading here

    • Faisal Khan July 11, 2012, 12:41 pm

      Raj, it says that the Rush will rival the Duster and EcoSport and the Rush will be launched in 2014. Not the EcoSport.

  • KIRAN APTEL December 21, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I want 2 car plan in jan-2013 or feb-2013 can you expecting this car launching in January month and what about pricing in Indian rupees can me reply for this is possible

    i am waiting for your replay thanks.

    • Javeid Khan December 21, 2012, 3:15 pm

      Kiran, I dont think you should expect a compact SUV from Toyota before 2014.

  • afroz December 26, 2012, 3:06 pm

    please let us know the ARRIVAL date of toyota RUSH

  • sandeep gupta January 27, 2013, 5:07 pm

    iet me know the expected launching of Rush

    • Faisal Khan January 27, 2013, 5:24 pm

      Toyota Rush is not being launched anytime soon.

  • jass February 14, 2013, 10:28 am

    please let us know the ARRIVAL date of toyota RUSH

  • Pradeep July 11, 2013, 1:54 am

    Its been a long time I am hearing this. When does this launch happen in India ? Toyota itself is a great brand 4 what they had done in the past in India. Also I feel an SUV is the most wanted 1 in Indian conditions. Can Toyota surprise other competitors ?????????

    • Faisal Khan July 11, 2013, 1:53 pm

      Pradeep, launch not happening before 2016.

  • Parvez July 11, 2013, 2:06 am

    Nice. Toyota means its something special. If they want to keep their winning streak they should bring some changes. And its the time for SUV’s. Just what Renault & Ford done so far. They changed the whole dimensions in the market. Waiting patiently for this launch. Like to owe one. Toyota is Toyota.

  • baraskar p August 4, 2013, 3:16 pm

    i want to details suv varson in india

  • baraskar p August 4, 2013, 3:18 pm

    i want know details suv verson i n india

  • abins September 8, 2013, 5:35 pm

    i like to buy. info0rm when launched

  • Rajeev Kumar September 23, 2013, 2:39 pm

    i like this car, i want to ready mini suv car in diesel
    when car has been launched just inform me

  • surinder singh October 1, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I want parches first D rush in my city


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