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The base-variant Toyota Rush now has 7 seats

An attractive proposition for families on a budget

The Rush's E variant is now a seven-seater. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

There is no doubt that the Toyota Rush is a reliable family vehicle. With a tough body-on-frame construction and an efficient gasoline engine, this car can pretty much take the amount of abuse that Philippine roads can throw. However, if there’s one thing that has shooed potential buyers away from it is its lack of third-row seating for the less expensive E variant.

This small update should get more buyers flocking to Toyota dealers. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Previously, consumers wanting third-row seats had to go for the range-topping (and more expensive) G grade or settle for competing brands. Because of this, Toyota is finally slapping on a pair of split-folding seats at the back end of the Rush E’s cabin. This small update gives all Rush variants a seven-passenger capacity—perfect for budget-conscious families that desire the dependability and the brand prestige that come with a Toyota vehicle.

Keeping the Rush's paintwork pristine is made easier with the rear-view camera. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

The Toyota Rush already has an extensive suite of tech features such as a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, six airbags, antilock brakes, stability control, and parking sensors. But buyers going for the E trim level will be more than happy to know that a reversing camera is now standard equipment as well.

All Rush variants are powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine good for 102hp and 134Nm. The E comes with a choice of a manual transmission or an automatic gearbox, with respective starting prices of P983,000 and P1,023,000. The top-of-the-line G variant—available solely as an automatic—retails for P1,100,000.

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