Yesterday, it was the Daihatsu Rocky. Today, it's the Raize.
Actually, both of these were launched at the same time in Japan. After all, these are the same cars from bumper to bumper for the most part. What's the difference between the Rocky and Raize then?
You'll need a bit of an eagle eye to spot the changes aside from the Toyota badges on the Raize. For starters, it has a different set of front and rear bumpers, and a bit more color choices. It also has a different set of alloy wheel designs with the Rocky using a split three-spoke set while the Raize has a five-spoke set. Other than those, it's the only way to distinguish the Toyota from the Daihatsu. But wheras the Rocky is the biggest crossover Daihatsu has to offer, the Raize is at the opposite end of Toyota's crossover hierarchy as it's smaller than the C-HR.
Interior is largely the same too. Peel away the Toyota badges and swap out the steering wheel and it's exactly the same as the Rocky. That's a good thing because it gets the neat fully digital instrument cluster from the Daihatsu, which comes with a rather quirky tachometer 'barrel' on the screen. Not only that, the cluster itself can be reconfigured according to the driver's personal preference.
Engine and powertrain combinations are the same as the Daihatsu. The Toyota Raize uses a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that's good for 98 PS and 140 Nm of torque. There's no manual transmission option available, but all-wheel drive is an option. Without it, power is sent to the front wheels.
Should Toyota Philippines bring in the Rocky, it has a couple of cars it has to face off. These are the Ford EcoSport, Suzuki Vitara, Nissan Juke, and upcoming Kia Seltos, just to name a few. However, the Rush is making it unlikely for the Raize to be sold here since Toyota had positioned it as a small SUV. Of course, it would be nice to have another subcompact crossover option in the market.