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New gen Toyota Rush (2018 Daihatsu Terios) compact SUV spied on test for the first time

New generation variant of the Toyota Rush compact SUV has been spied on test for the first time.

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Toyota Rush is a re-branded version of second generation Daihatsu Terios compact SUV, on sale in markets like Indonesia and Malaysia. It is offered with a 1.5 litre petrol engine producing max power of 107.5 bhp and peak torque of 141.2 Nm. Toyota Rush is driven either by a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Now, a new generation variant of this compact SUV has been spied on test for the first time. It features a new design, seemingly inspired by the Fortuner. If launched in India, the new Toyota Rush will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta.

The new gen variant of the Toyota Rush will be lighter, stronger and larger than the current gen Rush. It is expected to be launched in Indonesia next year. After which it will head to other countries. India is one of the countries where this compact SUV could be launched. The reason, high demand for SUVs in this price range.

The current gen Toyota Rush has been on test in India since 2013. But sadly, it has not been launched here. Reports say that the reason Rush has not been launched in India is because it does not have a diesel engine option. And launching a petrol-engine SUV in that segment will not bring much volumes. Thus, Toyota is reportedly re-engineering the Rush to be fitted with the same diesel engine which has been seen in Etios sedan and hatchback. Or Toyota could develop a new diesel engine compatible with next generation Rush. It would rival compact crossovers like Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Maruti S-Cross, etc.

Built on the new generation platform of Toyota, the new Rush compact SUV will deliver a better performance than before. It will also be more fuel efficient. More details will be revealed over the next few months.

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