Toyota’s been raising a lot of eyebrows with its new sub-four-metre SUV, the aptly named Raize, which is an international model. The compact SUV, which is on sale in Japan, is a badge-engineered sibling to the Daihatsu Rocky that had been unveiled earlier at the 2019 Tokyo Motor show. We take a closer look at the Toyota Raize and pinpoint its relevance for the Sri Lankan market.
It's technically Toyota's first Compact SUV
The Toyota Raize is not the brand's first SUV that's under four metres in length. In its domestic market, Toyota makes plenty of Kei cars, which adhere to Japan’s laws for small cars (under 3.4m in length, a 660cc engine producing no more than 64hp, etc). What makes the Toyota Raize somewhat unique is that its 3,995mm length, 1,695mm width and 1,620mm height make it about the same size as the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. The Raize’s 2,525mm wheelbase and 185mm ground clearance is on par with the segment too, as are the 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels on offer with the top-spec variants (lower trims get 16-inch steel wheels or alloys).
While the Raize isn’t the first Toyota to be based on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform – a low-cost derivative of the modular Toyota New Global Architecture for emerging markets – it is brand's first SUV to be underpinned by it. The key word here is 'emerging markets'.
|Engine Displacement||1.0-litre, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol|
|Max Power||98hp at 6000rpm|
|Peak Torque||140Nm at 2400-4000rpm|
It’s got a turbo-petrol engine
For the Japanese market, the Raize is powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (another obvious indication that this Toyota is not a Kei car). This 996cc engine is tuned to produce 98hp at 6,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 2,400-4,000rpm and comes paired to a CVT automatic gearbox. To put these numbers into perspective, the Venue’s and EcoSport’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engines make 120hp/172Nm and 125hp/170Nm, respectively, while the XUV300’s and Nexon’s larger 1.2-litre turbo-petrols produce 110hp/200Nm and 110hp/170Nm, respectively.
What the Toyota Raize does get, at least for the Japanese market, is an optional four-wheel-drive system, which is a common feature on small Japanese cars. On the WLTC driving cycle, the 2WD model is rated at 18.6kpl while the 4WD is rated at 17.4kpl, thanks to the engine start-stop system that comes as standard.
The new Raize is a compact SUV small passenger car that measures less than four meters in length. It caters to the desires of customers who want to drive an SUV, who want to load their cars with a lot of luggage, but who also wish to have a car that is compact and easy to drive. The car was developed to be active, useful, and compact. Easy to use both for leisure on weekends and for everyday use, the Raize provides daily support for customers in a variety of active scenarios.
The new Raize is the first compact car produced by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (Daihatsu) to incorporate its next-generation car making platform, DNGA, which anticipates product development for both Toyota and Daihatsu brands. All aspects of the car including its platform and powertrain unit have been newly developed, with the goal of realizing outstanding levels of driving performance, luxury, safety, and peace of mind.
The Raize is 3,995 millimeters long and 1,695 millimeters wide. Despite its compact size, the car achieves the dignified and robust appearance typical of SUVs thanks to its large 17-inch tires and protruding fenders.
Its angular bumper corners and trapezoid lower grille create a powerful and wide frontal appearance, while the use of thin LED headlights and sequential turn lights that appear to flow from the inside to the outside of the car hint at the car's advanced technologies.
A total of eight body colors are available, including the newly developed Turquoise Blue Mica Metallic, which emphasizes the active nature of the Raize. The car is also available in two-tone combinations of three body colors including Turquoise Blue Mica Metallic with a Black Mica Metallic roof, providing customers with a wide choice of color schemes.
The Raize's instrument panel has been designed to ensure an outstanding field of view from the driver's seat; the operational elements of the instrument panel face the driver's side, while the gear lever has been positioned so that it can be easily operated by a simple extension of the left hand. In this way, the car realizes a driving space that allows the driver to concentrate fully on the road.
On the front seats, the angles of the side-support sections have been raised, while the back rest and side pads have been designed with differing levels of firmness. This new seat shape improves the feeling of support for occupants.
The car also features plating and red accents in various locations to create a sense of luxury and playfulness.
The LED digital speedometer and seven-inch TFT color LCD display are seamlessly integrated, appearing to create a single screen with a cutting-edge feel. The customer can choose between four display styles: Advanced, Exciting, Simple, and Analog.
Luggage compartment and interior space
The Raize's compact body contains a spacious luggage compartment 1,000 millimeters in width, 865 millimeters in height, and 755 millimeters in length, with a movable deck board for improved convenience. When the deck board is in the low position, the car boasts class-leading luggage capacity for a compact SUV of 369 liters; when the deck board is in the high position, the rear seats can be collapsed forward to create a long, flat space capable of storing long items of luggage. The deck board can also be removed to load houseplants and other tall items, and so caters to a wide variety of customer needs.
The distance between the front and rear seats is a generous 900 millimeters, providing plenty of space for a comfortable rear-seat riding experience.
Optimization of the Raize's frame shape and the use of strong, light-weight high-tensile steel plates in the appropriate locations result in a highly rigid body, and contribute to stable vehicle behavior despite the car's height.
MacPherson struts have been used for the front suspension, while torsion beams have been used for the rear. The suspension has been redeveloped from scratch, with optimized part shapes, reduced weight, and updated part positions and angles. It provides a stable ride with minimal roll, and quickly neutralizes any vibrations or impacts from the road surface.
The Raize combines a 1.0-liter 1KR-VET turbo engine with a D-CVT that incorporates a split gear used in a Toyota vehicle for the first time to realize the joy of driving and outstanding fuel efficiency. The powertrain provides the torque of a 1.5-liter-class engine at a variety of engine speeds, from low speeds upwards, which results in powerful acceleration. With regard to fuel efficiency, the 2WD models achieve 18.6 kilometers per liter in WLTC test cycles, while the 4WD models achieve 17.4 kilometers per liter.
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 gear-ratio range has also been expanded to provide powerful and smooth acceleration at low speeds, and fuel-efficient and quiet performance at high speeds.
The 4WD models are equipped with Dynamic Torque Control 4WD. When accelerating from a start or when driving on slippery road surfaces, this function distributes torque in an optimal manner to rear wheels according to vehicle conditions.
Next-generation Smart Assist provides customers with peace of mind and support for comfortable driving
Adaptive Cruise Control with All Speed Tracking provides support when following a preceding vehicle.
The Smart Panorama Parking Assist system provides voice and image guidance as well as steering assistance when parking.
The Collision Warning Function and Crash Avoidance Braking Function are capable of detecting both pedestrians and vehicles.
The Erroneous Start Prevention Function with braking control (forward and backward) helps to reduce crash damage when the accelerator is mistakenly engaged instead of the brake when parking.
The Raize is equipped with a smartphone-linkable nine-inch audio display. The display enables the use of apps that cater to SmartDeviceLinkTM and Apple CarPlay, so expanding the range of choices available to the customer.
The Review of Toyota Raize by ElaKiri YouTube Channel