Toyota Rush compact SUV has been spied with camouflage on the Indian roads for the second consecutive time in as many days. It is being assumed that the captured SUV is used by some another automaker (most probably, Tata Motors) for Research & Development purposes. The folks at IAB have been successful in clicking two images of the test mule in Kolhapur. However, it seems pretty bleak that Toyota would ever offer this generation of Rush compact MPV in India due to its ageing life-cycle.
Toyota Rush is being sold predominantly in emerging markets like Indonesia where it features a 1.5L petrol motor with top power of 107.5 bhp and peak torque of 141.2Nm. As for transmission, it is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. In dimensions, Rush is almost equivalent to Renault Duster as it measures 4.4m in length, along with a meaty wheelbase of 2,865mm. Also, the third row seating is offered as a part of the accessory package. It challenges the Duster in terms of ground clearance too, as it has 200mm of ground clearance. The foremost reason Toyota Rush can't be launched in India is that it wasn't built with keeping a diesel powertrain in mind.
Going by the sources, Toyota isn't even thinking of re-engineering the Rush with diesel engine for India as it would enhance the R&D costs up to quite a margin. However, Toyota is contemplating a next generation of this SUV or an all-new compact SUV, developed specifially, keeping in mind the Indian market. Now, as Toyota is in no mood to launch the spotted Rush compact SUV in India, then the obvious question that comes across the mind is, then why it is being tested out in India? The spotted compact SUV's number plate features MH14, which indicates that Tata Motors might be using it for benchmark purposes of its upcoming Nexon compact SUV.