Following last month’s leaked photos, the all-new Toyota Raize small SUV has gone on sale in Japan.
Built on Daihatsu’s new DNGA platform, which is essentially a budget version of Toyota’s TNGA platform, the Raize is smaller than the C-HR, measuring just 3,995 millimeters (157.3 inches) in length, 1,695 millimeters (66.7 inches) in width, and 1,620 millimeters (63.8 inches) in height.
Despite the small footprint, it’s said to offer class-leading luggage capacity and interior space. The boot volume is 369 liters (13 cu ft) with all seats in place, but can expand when the rear seats are folded down. In addition, the Raize features numerous storage spaces across the cabin.
Toyota says the new platform contributes to a lightweight and highly rigid body and suspension, resulting in “outstanding handling stability and ride comfort.” Power comes from a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a D-CVT (Dual mode Continuously Variable Transmission), marking the first time a Toyota vehicle uses Daihatsu’s gearbox which uses both belt and gear drives at high speeds for improved transmission efficiency.
Rated at 98 PS (97 HP) at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm (103 lb-ft) of torque at 2,400 – 4,000 rpm, the engine is said to provide “powerful and smooth acceleration at low speeds and fuel-efficient and quiet performance at high speeds.”
The average fuel consumption is rated as low as 18.6 km/l (5.4 l/100 km / 43.7 mpg US) on the WLTC test cycle for 2WD models while 4WD models achieve 17.4 km/l (5.7 l/100 km / 41 mpg US). Yes, the Toyota Raize also offers an optional four-wheel-drive system called Dynamic Torque Control 4WD. It distributes torque to the rear wheels when accelerating from a start or when driving on slippery road surfaces.
When it comes to driving assistance systems, the Toyota Raize is available with Smart Assist safety features including Crash Avoidance Braking Function, Erroneous Start Prevention Function with braking control (forward and backward), Adaptive Cruise Control with All Speed Tracking, and Smart Panorama Parking Assist.
Offered in three grades priced from 1,679,000 yen ($14,425), the Toyota Raize is also available with a subscription service in Japan for a monthly fee starting at 39,820 yen ($366).