2016 Toyota Rukus News and review

The Rukus model is little known model from Toyota’s range, primarily designed for the Australian market. Its first, and current generation lasts for a while now, and looks like the 2016 Toyota Rukus will mark the beginning of the second gen with numerous changes. Its specific shape will probably be carried over, while changes which will modernize the look and driving specs of the model. So, without getting into too many details, here is what you can expect from the redesigned 2016 Rukus:

2016 Toyota Rukus front view

2016 Toyota Rukus exterior and interior

Although the boxy appearance may be outdated, it is a signature style of the Rukus, and new gen will not drastically change this hatchback. Changes will be made on front and rear ends of the vehicle and it will contribute to overall better appearance of the model. Expect new headlight design, which will probably be rounder and wider. Small grill on the front will also feature a replacement, and we believe it will also be enlarged and freshly designed.

Inside, changes will be more drastic. Design of the cabin, as well as its materials will be significantly upgraded. The time definitely didn’t work in favor of the Rukus interior, so new generation will have to go for bolder and more luxurious interior touches. Beside larger touchscreen, more features and new steering wheel design, we are pretty sure its transmission will be brought back to its traditional position. The simplicity of the current cabin is not acceptable in today’s automotive markets, since each world-known car producer is now offering luxuries and “fuller” interior, at more or less affordable price.

2016 Toyota Rukus interior view

2016 Toyota Rukus performance and mpg

Current Rukus is run by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder VVT-i engine which will probably still be available. The engine is capable to deliver 165 horsepower and same amount of lb-ft or torque. Current transmission, 4-speed automatic, will probably be upgraded, and offered with more gear choices. Current average fuel economy is rated at 8.8 l/100km, while 2016 Toyota Rukus is expected to slightly outdo these rates.

The Rukus is front-wheel drive only, which is not expected to be changed. According to several sources, we could see an all-wheel drive option, but we doubt it.

2016 Toyota Rukus rear view

2016 Toyota Rukus price and release

The release of the new Rukus is not expected before late 2015, or early 2016. Either way, its sales should start late spring, or early summer next year, 2016. Price will be increased, and we don’t expect 2016 model to start before $25,000 or even $27,000.

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