Rukus — Toyota’s odd-ball urban fashionomobile

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Toyota Rukus

Rukus — Toyota’s urban fashionomobile

Rukus Toyota’s odd-ball urban

Hand a crayon to a three old, ask them to draw a car and you are to end up with something that like the Rukus. This is how describes the new Scion xB derivative just been launched the Australian market. With the of a Corolla hatch, the engine of a loads of interior space and of scope for customization, the Rukus is as an alternative to sports utility and compact wagons that appeal to urban trendsetters and families who want a combination of footprint and space, but don’t to go offroad. The boxy shape is to polarize opinions on the street, but if you think it’s downright — and apparently some of the senior executives agree there’s still a few surprises the skin of this unconventional

The Rukus story began 10 years ago in Japan with the of the Black Box (bB), and U.S. would be familiar with the in the form of the ScionxB which appeared in 2004. The 2010 xB is pretty much the same as the car introduced in Australia as the Rukus some tweaks — in the suspension and steering — to suit conditions down

Calling it the most un-Toyota it has ever introduced, the car giant is aware of the polarizing nature of the — but that’s the point. hoped the car will attract a younger demographic in a market most Toyota owners are the age of 50. Once hooked, Toyota to retain these customers its brand.

What’s in the box

The Rukus is an an urban vehicle. Its 2,600 mm is equal to a Corolla hatch from an extra 40 mm overhang at the but its 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder, DOHC, engine provides more zip the Corolla’s 1.8 liter powerplant, 123kW @ 6,000 rpm and 224Nm of @ 4,000 rpm. 23 and 28 percent than the Corolla respectively. the box shape, the car achieves a drag of 0.32 (the 2010 is 0.25) with the help of covers and delivers fuel of 8.8l/100 km.

The transmission is a sequential-shift electronic auto and suspension is made up of barrel-shaped coil springs, gas filled dampers and multi-leaf valves, with McPherson and wide-based L-shaped lower at the front. Body roll is in the suspension design by a ball-jointed stabilizer bar which connects to the strut body.

Braking is by 275 x 25 mm ventilated discs at the front and 279 x 10 mm discs at the rear. ABS with brakeforce distribution, traction and vehicle stability control are Further safety features six airbags and a hollow safety inside the bonnet that pedestrians in the event of a collision.

also electronic power rack-and-pinion steering, keyless and ignition, engine immobilizer, control and a one-touch feature for the power windows.

Interior space aplenty

The shape delivers more just unconventional looks. plenty of leg and headroom in the back and space for five adults 310 liters of cargo in the back, or a 1,331 liters with the split rear seats down. The rear cargo is 855 mm high and includes four tie hooks plus an under storage compartment.

The vehicle sits quite high, makes strapping baby in and with this in mind, restraint anchorage points are into the rear seatbacks. The design is notable for the offset panel which sets the center of the dash and the elevated and dash controls.

The audio — 6 speakers on the base — delivers clean though some vibration in at the front if you really pump up the It includes joystick control, USB and 3.5 mm Bluetooth and the clever tweeter design in the rear protects the from bumps and scrapes. 2 and 3 (see below) also get and a six-CD stacker and 4.3-inch LCD screen, while the base has just the one CD and a monochromatic screen.

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First impressions from the wheel

Though you would describe the driving exercises we put the through this week at the launch in Sydney, Australia, as it was enough to shift my opinion the car into a positive gear.

that I’ve never accused of being an urban it’s probably not surprising the look of the Rukus didn’t get my racing, but the thing handles! a few minutes behind the wheel a tight obstacle course in the wet was to convince me that the car is definitely a cut your average four runabout. The steering is firm and it’s zippy out of the blocks, through corners and there’s little body roll. the thin glasshouse design, from the elevated drivers’ is also good and the high-set and readily accessible controls this a very easy car to

Pimp your ride

If the Xb is anything to go by there is definitely a out there for those who want to put own stamp on this fashionomobile. knows this from its in the Japanese and US markets and is offering options including body in flame, brick or stripe and a strip for the rear step. are likely to go way beyond these though, and Toyota had some of just how far you can go with customization aside) on show at the launch.

and options

The Rukus is available out of the in three different variations and colors. The baseline Build 1 has a audio system, fabric trim and costs AUD27,490. 2 gets leather accents, and cruise control switches on the wheel, climate control and additional speakers including a Build 2 costs $29,990. The difference with Build 3 is the of a power tilt and slide which adds $1,800 to the

Toyota says the Rukus be the first in a series of vehicles and a dubbed the J Cruiser will be off the rank.

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