At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Daihatsu, a company that’s been in a close working relationship with Toyota, unveiled a small crossover: Toyota Raize.
As we’ve said, Toyota has been releasing Daihatsu made cars in the Philippines like the Toyota Wigo, the Toyota Rush, the Toyota Avanza.
Now this new Daihatsu crossover SUV, according to both Philippine and Indian news sources might do well if even released in our respective markets as currently, Toyota doesn’t have a model that’s able to compete against the MG ZS, Suzuki Vitara, and the Ford Ecosport seeing that the Rav4 has grown significantly in size and in price.
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We get a youthful, vibrant feeling from the Toyota Raize, especially from this promotional shot
While the Daihatsu model displayed at the 2019 TMS didn’t have a name, a Toyota version, specifically its brochures had recently been leaked. Called the Toyota Raize, this boxy, subcompact crossover is set to be released in Japan around next week.
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Positioned below the slightly larger CH-R for the Japanese Domestic Market, the Raize will be made available in six variants, or rather, six “styles.”
The first three, the Powerful Style, the Power Style, and the Premium Style are standard variants while the other three; the Modellista Advance Blast Style, the Modellista Elegant Ice Style, and the TRD Aggressive style, will, of course, be given body kits from Toyota Racing Development or TRD and Modellista.
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The TRD Style won't be getting performance parts but it does look sporty
With regard to the Toyota Raize’s technical specifications, Toyota is yet to release details about that. Some sources, however, say that it might be getting a Daihatsu made 1.0 L. As to which one, no one’s sure. For us though, we’d rather that a Philippine spec Raize to get the 97 horsepower, 140 Nm, turbocharged 1KR-VET.
Here's a part of that leaked Toyota Raize brochure
For now, though, there are no details yet about the Toyota Raize’s interior features, its on-board tech, or about its cargo capacity. We imagine though that its significantly smaller than the current Rav4 and around the same as the current, 2020 Ford Ecosport.
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