Looks like the Avanza isn’t the only model that has been updated for the 2011 model year – the Toyota Rush has received a similar update. Like the Avanza, the Rush’s interior has been updated to a dark colour scheme similar to that of the Perodua Nautica’s.

There’s also a new front bumper with restyled foglamp housings for the 1.5S variant. On the rear, the Toyota Rush gets restyled tail lamps and a restyled protector plate. Wing mirrors now have turn indicators. The Rush also comes standard with solar film from the factory now – 99% UV cut and 40% IR cut.

Other than the new colour scheme for the interior, there’s a new gearknob design as well as a new better-looking three-spoke steering wheel, replacing the previous version’s four spoke steering wheel. The audio system is now a 2-DIN unit that plays MP3s and WMA from either CDs or USB storage. The third row is now able to be split-folded 50:50.

Everything else is pretty much same old – the engine remains the 3SZ-VE making 109 PS and 141Nm, and the chassis still rides on MacPherson struts at the front and a live axle with coil springs at the rear. In terms of safety features the Rush has ABS and EBD as standard but only the 1.5S gets dual SRS airbags, while a single driver airbag is standard on all of the other models.

  • Toyota Rush 1.5S Automatic – RM96,990
  • Toyota Rush 1.5G Automatic – RM91,190
  • Toyota Rush 1.5G Manual – RM88,190

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