The Toyota Rush is launching in South Africa

The Toyota Rush is the much anticipated addition to the Toyota Lineup, filling the gap between affordable, and able-to-carry-the-family-slash-dogs-slash-groceries market. It’s even been given the nickname as the baby Fortuner. The images you’ll find below is the TRD version, but the basics stays the same.

What is the Rush?

Essentially, in more sales-like terms, the Toyota Rush is a compact SUV, with the practicality of a 7 seater. If you are familiar with the Diahatsu Terios, then you will immediately understand the Rush.

What does it bring to the table?

For one, it offers space, loads and loads of space. The Toytota Rush is just over 4.4 meters long, 1.6 meters wide, and 1.7 meters high. Then above of that, 3 rows of seating, and Fortuner looks.

It’s not quite certain yet which models will be offered to the SA market, but if the Indonesian derivative is anything to go by, you may get something like ABS, EBD, Hill start assist, 6 airbags, and climate control.

According to, top of the range models will get 17″ alloy wheels, electric mirrors with integrated indicators, and LED Tail Lamps.

The Power?

It does look like there will be two options available when it comes to gearboxes, but engine will be the same. The Rush is powered by a 1.5l 4 cylinder pushing about 77kW and 137Nm respectively.

Gearboxes is either a 5 speed manual, or 4 speed automatic, both in rear-wheel-drive configuration.



Freeway Toyota now has a launch promotion, offering free smash & grab, leather seats, and a 2 year extended warranty.

Toyota Rush High 1.5 MT – R302,900

Toyota Rush Hight 1.5 AT – R316,600

We certainly can’t wait to see if this rather well priced Toyota does offer the “Rush” we expect from it!

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Juan Loubser

I am an old fashioned 30 year balding, ham fisted egghead, with a love for mechanical engineering, Victorian era architecture. There was always something about cars, and up to this day I cannot put my finger on it, the easiest way to explain it would be to like it to something you just understand, you get it, you don’t know why or how, but it’s something you've understood all your life. With Torquesteer I have created a couple of Goals. One is to tour the little market town of Todmorden, England in a MG B roadster, and the Second is to do the US route 66 in true american muscle style. Driving a Tesla is also on the list.

One thought on “The Toyota Rush is launching in South Africa

  • July 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    They lost me at 4 speed auto box. Currently in the market for a small SUV/Cross over like vehicle. Decided on the Suzuki Vitara. Toyota will probably sell a lot of these, but purely because of the badge, and not because it’s a class leader. But that’s just my 2 cents


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