Remember when we reported last week that Toyota will be launching a new crossover in ASEAN? Well, after making its world debut last November 2019, the Toyota Raize has officially landed in Southeast Asia.
The first market to receive the 2021 Raize (and its Daihatsu Rocky twin) in the ASEAN region is Indonesia. It’s available in three distinct variants, 1.2 G, 1.0 Turbo G, and the top-spec 1.0 Turbo GR Sport. Yes, there’s a dressed-up version of the Raize available in Indonesia.
Like the JDM version first launched in late 2019, the Indonesian version features the same exterior styling. It gets a massive front grille, stylish headlights, black body cladding, unique taillights, and a choice of 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variant. As an added touch, high-grade variants can even come with two-tone exterior paint.
For those that prefer a sportier-looking Raize, there’s the GR Sport version. From its namesake, the crossover comes with a distinct bodykit, GR Sport badging and decals, blacked-out alloy wheels, and exclusive amenities/features which we’ll get to later.
Standard interior features on the 2021 Raize include a keyless engine start, 7-inch multi-info display, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, and a multi-function steering wheel. Go for the GR Sport, and other amenities like automatic climate control, paddle shifters, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-fabric upholstery become available for the Raize.
Under the hood, the Indonesian-spec Raize is available with two engine options. First up is a naturally-aspirated 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine. It makes 88 PS at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm.
Next up is the more powerful 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-three. It puts out 98 PS at 6,000 rpm along with 140 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It comes with either a five-speed manual or a CVT; the latter exclusively available only on the GR Sport version.
To keep the drivers safe in any situation, Toyota Safety Sense comes as standard equipment on the top-spec GR Sport.That means safety features such as lane departure assist, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and front collision warning ensure the driver and occupants remain safe while on the road. Other available safety features on the Raize include anti-lock brakes, stability control, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors, and a reverse camera.
With Indonesia being the first in the Southeast Asian market to get the Raize, could other countries like the Philippines get it as well? That's still unclear because we have yet to see a Raize/Rocky with the steering wheel on the left side. There is also the question of the other B-segment SUV that will be in the international Toyota lineup which is the Yaris Cross.
Whichever direction Toyota goes, it would make sense for TMP to have an affordable small crossover that isn't a 7-seater like the Rush.