Toyota Rush, which is also sold as the Daihatsu Terios in some international markets has been spied again in India. Toyota Rush that was launched in 2006 is almost at the end of its lifecycle. The test mule could either be the re-engineered Toyota Rush with a diesel powertrain (Currently, Rush is available only in petrol variant) or it is believed that the test mule is being used by Tata Motors for benchmarking purposes (as the company is working on its compact crossover, Tata Nexon).
The car is not powered by a diesel powertrain because of which the plans of launching the car in India is still pending. In order to tap the compact SUV segment in India, Toyota could work towards developing a diesel version of the Rush and compete with compact SUVs and crossovers like Tata Nexon, Hyundai ix25, Maruti S-Cross, Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport.
Currently, the Toyota Rush is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol engine that produces 107.5 bhp and 141.2 Nm torque. The gearbox options include a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual.
The Rush is available with a length of 4,420mm, breadth of 1,745mm and a height of 1,740mm apart from having a wheelbase of 2,685mm. Toyota Rush has been on sale in the markets of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey and Chile.