Toyota has launched the all new compact SUV (Toyota calls it a small passenger car SUV), Raize in its home country, Japan. The Raize is based on the all new Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform. Daihatsu is the sub brand of Toyota that makes small hatchbacks. The car will be on sale in Japan at the price of 1,679,000 Yen (Rs.10.96 Lakh to 2,282,200 Yen (Rs.14.89 Lakh).
The Raize is the first ever compact car manufactured by Daihatsu that incorporates this platform and multiple products are expected to come with both Daihatsu and Toyota logos.
Toyota has set a monthly sales target of 4100 units for Raize in Japan.
The new Raize measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width and height and has 2,525 mm long wheelbase. Despite being less than 4 m in dimensions, the Raize has the robust appearance of SUVs, thanks to the large 17-inch alloys, angular bumper corners and trapezoidal lower grille, characteristic of the Toyota brand.
A LED headlamp comes with sequential turn lights. From the side, the Raize appears well proportioned. It also gets dual tone black colour option. The rear houses sleek wraparound LED taillamps separated by a black slat and a sculpted tailgate, the black cladding running throughout the lower body of the car appears to be just the right size.
The Raize is equipped with a 7-inch TFT colour LCD display and a LED digital speedometer. There are four display options to choose from: Advanced, Exciting, Simple and Analog. There are numerous storage solutions, ample cabin space, with a class leading luggage capacity of 369 litre and contoured seats in the Raize.
The dashboard is very well laid out and the gear positioning is accurate. The multifunction steering wheel adds to the convenience of the driver. The compact SUV also features plating and red accents to add to the sportiness.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
A 1.0-litre 1KR-VET turbocharged petrol engine, that produces 96 BHP and 140 Nm of peak torque powers the Raize. The compact SUV comes with a single transmission option, the D-CVT (Continuously variable transmission). The claimed mileage of the Raize ranges from 17.4 kmpl to 18.6 kmpl. Toyota claims this engine and transmission combination helps it to achieve the torque and driving joy of an equivalent 1.5 litre engine with better fuel economy. Toyota says that “D-CVT adds split gears to existing CVT belt drives and uses both belt and gear drives at high speeds for improved transmission efficiency.” The four-wheel drive (4 WD) option is also available.
The Raize boasts of a wide range of advanced safety tech that includes Adaptive Cruise Control with All Speed Tracking and Smart Panorama Parking Assist System, an audio display system, Collision warning function, crash avoidance braking function and Erroneous start prevention function. The Raize gets a 9-inch audio display system that comes with Smart Device Link and Apple Car Play.
Toyota is expected to bring the DNGA modular platform, the one on which Raize is based to India soon. A mid-size SUV, larger than the Raize will be developed by Toyota and Suzuki underpinning the DNGA modular platform. Toyota Raize with its specs and features seem to have everything to rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 once it arrives on Indian shores. And with the segment booming, we can expect a launch soon.
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