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.
Engine options for Toyota Rush does not include a diesel mill, which is why Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) hasn’t and will not launch the compact SUV in India. The car is said to be developed with the capacity to be driven only by a petrol engine.
Re-engineering Toyota Rush for a diesel variant would incur significant R&D costs, which is among other reasons why the car cannot be expected in India at all. Further, the model is already at its end of life cycle, as the current version was launched back in 2006.
In all possibility, given the intense market potential for compact SUVs in India, Toyota could develop a diesel engine compatible next generation Rush for launch in the sub-continent. It would rival compact crossovers like Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Maruti S-Cross, Hyundai ix25, Tata Nexon and the like.
Chances are, this Toyota Rush test mule is being tested by Tata Motors (who have their R&D centre in Pune – MH 14 – Pimpri Chinchwad region), for benchmarking purposes, as they are currently working on its rival Nexon compact crossover. Given that Tata Nexon concept was showcased at IIMS 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia, soon after unveil at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, the company could be keen on rivalling the Rush in Indonesia by launching Nexon there soon after they launch it here.
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