Toyota will reveal a new, small SUV next month in Japan, but thanks to the reliably leaky internet, we haven’t had to wait that long to get our hands on some of the details.
Based on the new Daihatsu Rocky (Daihatsu being a wholly owned
subsidiary of Toyota), the new SUV will be called the Toyota Raize and will be
based on Toyota’s modular platform — the Toyota New Global Architecture.
The Rocky was just shown off at the Tokyo
Motor Show and the Raize seems to be a very similar car. Some of the
easily-changed styling details are different, like the lights and front and
rear fascias, but otherwise the two SUVs have a lot in common, including almost
all body panels.
It certainly looks right at home in the modern Toyota lineup, with its jagged angles, fake oversized grille, and almost excessive lighting.
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Under the hood, the Raize will have the same powertrain as
the Rocky: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 98 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of
torque. This is probably your first clue that it won’t be coming to the United
States, as useful, small, and efficient vehicles simply don’t appeal to
customers on this side of the globe.
And if you needed a second clue, the Raize will also be
offered with a six-speed manual in addition to a continuously variable
Based on the leak documents, the Raize will be sold for
2,060,000 yen, or about $19,000 U.S. dollars, and even at that low price it
comes with various Toyota safety technologies including lane-keeping
assistance, forward collision alert, and blind spot monitoring.
It even has 4WD, so it’s truly a shame it won’t be coming to the United States.