Tata Motors using Toyota Rush as benchmark for Nexon crossover?
Recently pictures of the Toyota Rush testing in India have emerged online. The car, which is originally a Daihatsu Terios, and re-branded as the Toyota Rush was seen under wraps with a MH-14 number plate. The Rush has been around south East Asia since 2006. So you can expect the car to have a refreshed version launching soon. It is powered by a 1.5 liter petrol engine, which has a power output of 107.5bhp and 141.2 Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual or 4 speed auto box.
The Toyota Rush will not be making its way to the Indian market. Toyota will not venture into the crossover SUV segment only with a petrol engine SUV. Speculation online suggests that Tata motors is using the rush as a benchmark for their next car, called the Tata Nexon. The Rush is a highly profitable vehicle overseas, and Tata wants to ensure everything goes right with its upcoming crossover. They plan to iron out the problems of NVH and bad handling which was inherent in all previous Tata cars.
If Tata Motors plans to release the SUV, it will be using the new 1.2 liter Revotron turbo charged engine whose current power output is 90PS but could be tuned for more for the SUV. Sketches of the Nexon show that it will be based on the new Tata Zest and Bolt. The car will give competition to the Duster, Ford Ecosport and the Nissan Terrano.
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