Remember Daihatsu, the small Japanese car brand that sold the Terios in South Africa? Well, say hello to the latest Daihatsu model, the Toyota Rush. The newest addition to the Toyota range comes in the form of a compact utility vehicle (CUV) and is a rebranded Daihatsu model aimed at alternative markets such as South Africa.
The Toyota Rush is ideal for those looking for high levels of practicality and comfort without compromising on style. Its spacious interior holds seven seats and can be considered a minibus of sorts.
To understand the history of the Toyota Rush, we need to look at the history of the Daihatsu Terios. Launched in 1997, the Terios was a small five-door wagon for drivers who wanted a more affordable and economical off-road vehicle.
The first-generation Terios featured a boxy design, two-tone coloured body panels, and was powered by a 1.3 L DOHC (Double Overhead Cam) engine. It was sold in China, India, Malaysia, Japan, and Indonesia.
The second-generation Terios was launched in 2006 and featured a sleeker design and a new 1.5 L engine in addition to the 1.3 L option. This was also the generation that made its way to South Africa.
The third-generation (current model) launched in 2017 and featured an edgy modern design. It was made available with a 1.5 L engine only. This is also the model that Toyota rebranded as the Rush.
The Toyota Rush is a modern and spacious seven-seater fitted with the latest comforts that make driving a dream. The interior is dominated by the large touchscreen infotainment system which offers navigation and a reverse camera. Apple Carplay and Android Auto can be connected to the multimedia system.
Other features include the auto dual-zone climate control, push start system, and 609 L of luggage space. Safety features and driver aids include anti-lock braking system (ABS), vehicle stability control (VSC), and hill assist control (HAC), which helps you pull off without rolling backwards while parked on a hill.
The baseline Toyota Rush 1.5 MT produces 77 kW and 136 Nm of torque, and has a claimed combined fuel cycle of 6.6 L/100 km. It emits 156 g/km of CO2.
Buy a Toyota Rush through any of the Toyota dealerships located across the country and you can take advantage of their in-house Toyota Financial Services Limited product which helps customers finance their vehicles. Alternatively you can use our car quotes tool to get discounted quotes from accredited dealers.
The entry-level Toyota Rush 1.5 MT retails from R312,000.
The Toyota Rush service plan is valid for six-years/90,000 km and includes a standard three-year/100,000 km warranty, with service intervals every 12 months or 15,000 km.
The Toyota Genuine Warranty guarantees roadside assistance, genuine Toyota parts, and an easy claims process. Find out more about the Toyota Genuine Warranty on their website or by visiting a Toyota dealership near you.
Toyota's in-house MyToyota car insurance policy offers owners the chance to get cover against theft and hijacking, accidental damage, and hail damage.
Toyota assembles its vehicles in South Africa. This, together with being one of the best-selling car brands in the country according to NAAMSA vehicle sales reports, indicates a large support network for parts availability. This could prove favourable when looking for car insurance. Conversely, Ctrack listed Toyota vehicles among the highest risk for theft in South Africa, which could raise your monthly car insurance premiums. Your best bet for finding the ideal balance between comprehensive cover and an affordable premium is to compare car insurance quotes on hippo.co.za using our car insurance comparison tool.