A heavily camouflaged Toyota Rush compact SUV has been spotted testing at Pune, India. The Rush SUV (Daihatsu Terios in certain markets) in question wore MH14 (Pimpri Chinchwad) plates, indicating that it isn’t Toyota that is testing this SUV. The Rush’s Chinese iteration, in this case the Premier Rio (a rebadged Zotye Nomad II), is sold in India.
Premier Automobiles could be mulling the latest generation of the Rush/Terios for the Indian car market as Zotye (Premier’s Chinese partner) has already begun selling this compact SUV in the Chinese market from 2013. In China, the SUV is sold with 1.3 liter and 1.5 liter petrol engines. Both engines use 5 speed manual transmissions driving the rear wheels.
For the Indian car market, Premier will have the option of outfitting the latest Rush with a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine, similar to what the automaker has done to the previous iteration of the Rush/Terios SUV that it markets in India as the Rio. The automaker has already adapted the facelifted, first generation Rio (Rush/Terios) to use the Fiat Multijet engine in rear wheel drive guise.
While the Toyota Rush spotted in India could also be a benchmarking prototype brought in by an auto/parts maker, this possibility is remote considering the fact that benchmarking prototypes rarely leave R&D divisions and even if they do, they do so with minimal camouflaging. In light of this, the Toyota Rush test mule belonging to Premier seems more plausible.
Meanwhile, Toyota for its part is planning a compact SUV for India. The new SUV from Toyota is likely to be underpinned by the platform of the third generation Rush SUV. The current (2nd generation) Rush has reached the end of its product cycle in Indonesia and a new iteration is in the works.
Spyshot courtesy IndianAutosBlog