Two years ago, Toyota introduced a new small crossover for the market called the Raize. It was effectively a rebadged Daihatsu Rocky with some minor design changes. It's been in the market for two years already, but the crossover (both in Toyota and Daihatsu guise) was only available in limited markets. But its limited availability might come to an end since it will be making its way to the ASEAN region.
The first country to get the Raize (and its Daihatsu twin) in South East Asia is Indonesia. It’s a practical decision to introduce the model there too, since most Toyota-Daihatsu built models come from Indonesia. Once launched, it will go up against the likes of other subcompact crossovers such as the Kia Sonet and the Nissan Magnite.
There are no details about the Indonesian-spec Raize just yet but expect the design to be the same as the one offered in Japan. Regarding powertrain, the Japan-spec model is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that’s rated at 98 PS and 140 Nm torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Four-wheel drive is available as an option in Japan. At the moment, it’s uncertain whether other engine options will be offered in the upcoming model.
To know more about the ASEAN-spec Raize, we will have to wait until the model debuts on April 30. With its introduction in the ASEAN region set, the question now is whether the Philippines will get it. Considering the popularity of small crossovers in the Philippines, offering an affordable model like the Raize could be a big hit for Toyota. Besides, Toyota has yet to offer a sub PHP 1 million subcompact crossover, and the Raize could fill in that gap.