Toyota is developing the second generation version of the Rush compact SUV. The vehicle will be launched in Indonesia next year. After that, it will be launched in other South-East Asian markets, and will also be rebadged and sold as a Daihatsu. Here is a render showing what the 2nd gen Rush could look like.
The second generation Rush will also be based on a ladder frame chassis, just like the first generation model. This will give the SUV ruggedness. It will also allow Toyota to develop short wheelbase and long wheelbase versions, with 5 and 7 seat layouts.
The new Rush will also be rear wheel driven, with an optional four wheel drive transfer case. Manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered. In South East Asian countries – the main markets of this SUV – it will be sold with a petrol engine.
If Toyota decides to launch the Rush in India, it will have two options to choose from. At the lower end, it can be made shorter than 4 meters and will take on the Maruti Brezza and Ford EcoSport. With a longer wheelbase and 7 seats, it can be an alternative to the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
However, Toyota will have to add a diesel engine to this compact SUV if it intends to sell it in the Indian market. Globally, the first-gen Rush was never offered with a diesel engine. Things may change with the second generation model if Toyota intends to drive this SUV into newer markets.
Toyota needs to have a compact SUV in the Indian market as this is the segment that is growing very fast. Apart from the Innova Crysta and Fortuner, Toyota hasn’t seen much success in India. A compact SUV like the Rush could just be what the company needs to get into the volumes game in a big way. Toyota has also hinted that the Daihatsu brand will be used to launch smaller, budget cars for India.
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