With the Daihatsu Terios receiving a facelift more than a week ago in Indonesia, it might seem possible that the same design update would be given to the Perodua Aruz in Malaysia albeit not this year. However, the Toyota Rush might not be given a revamp and instead will soldier on in its current form which was introduced back in 2018.
There were rumours that the Rush would be discontinued to make way for the DNGA-based Toyota Yaris Cross but those turned out untrue. According to Anton Jimmi Suwandy, the Marketing Director of PT Toyota Astra Motor (TAM), the Rush is among the best-selling Toyota models in Indonesia and there won’t be any updates or discontinuation for now.
“I don’t justify the circulating rumours. The Rush is still on sale and we are satisfied with what is currently being offered,” he told OtoDriver. “Even if both models (Terios and Rush) share the same factory, I don’t see a need for any updates since both models have their own strategies.”
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The rear-wheel drive (RWD) Rush is still in demand around Indonesia with Anton claiming that it’s in the top 2 best-selling Toyota models in Jakarta, Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.
However, according to recent data by Gaikindo, the Toyota Rush is actually the 6th best-selling model in Indonesia in May 2023 while the Daihatsu Terios sits in 14th place. It’s also the fourth best-selling Toyota model in Indonesia that month behind the Toyota Avanza, Toyota Innova, and Toyota Calya.
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The last time the Rush received an update in Indonesia was in 2021 when the GR Sport variant was introduced to the line-up. In the end, most Indonesian consumers probably wouldn’t mind if the Rush isn’t given an update as it matches their needs.
Back home in Malaysia, the Perodua Aruz's position is the opposite of the Rush in Indonesia. It is the slowest-selling Perodua model with just around 5 percent of total production given to the Aruz.
Though an update would help give a new lease of demand for the 4-year-old model, Perodua isn’t looking to launch any more new models this year so the Aruz facelift might be launched in 2024.
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