The all new Toyota Rush has been crash tested by ASEAN NCAP, a renowned safety body that conducts crash tests on vehicles. Specific to the South Asian markets, the seven-seater SUV has scored an impressive five-star rating in the crash tests. Brimming with safety features such as six airbags, anti-lock-braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, hill-start assist and stability control, the SUV secured an impressive overall score of 84.03 out of 100. The SUV performed well in all three parameters-adult occupancy protection, safety assist systems and child occupancy protection.
While Toyota is unlikely to launch Rush in India, the SUV is already sold in overseas markets where it gets the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that also powers the Yaris sedan (sold under Vios nameplate in some markets). In terms of output, the naturally aspirated unit makes 106bhp against 140Nm torque. This engine is offered with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed, torque-converter automatic unit, which send power to the rear wheels.
Toyota has recently tied up with the Japanese major, Suzuki for sharing models in future. While Maruti Suzuki will supply its premium hatchback, Baleno and subcompact SUV, Vitara Brezza to Toyota, the latter will manufacture the Corolla sedan for Maruti. It is expected that first of these shared models could be launched sometime in 2019.
Unlike the previous models based on platform sharing, these will vary distinctly in terms of design, however the engines will remain unchanged. This would allow both Maruti and Toyota to benefit in terms of network and technology to tap new segments where they are still grappling. Besides, Suzuki and Toyota have also inked an MoU for jointly developing battery-electric vehicles in India by 2020.