Just days after Daihatsu previewed its new compact SUV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, leaked images of its Toyota version have appeared on the internet. It was earlier reported that the new compact SUV will be called Daihatsu Rocky, while its sister product will be labeled as Toyota Rise. Now according to the latest info, the SUV will in fact be called as Toyota Raize.
The Toyota Raize features styling differences than that of Daihatsu Rocky displayed at the Tokyo show. It gets a large trapezoidal grille with mesh inserts reminiscent to that of new Toyota RAV4. There are angular housings for fog lamps and LED DRLs along with a Toyota emblem that’s placed above the grille.
The Raize also gets 17-inch alloy wheels but with a different design. Plus Toyota is expected to offer a long list of accessories including different body kits and alloy wheel designs as well as a TRD version with aggressive and sportier styling.
Just like exterior, the interior of Raize will be similar to that of Rocky however it will have faux brushed-aluminum bits here & there. Rest is going to be largely same as its Daihatsu cousin. Both SUVs are based on new DNGA platform that is aimed at emerging markets; this platform is essentially a low-cost version of the advanced TNGA modular architecture.
According to information, Toyota will sell the Raize compact SUV with a 4WD variant too along with standard front-wheel drive versions for the lower trims. Under the hood, the new Raize gets a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 98hp of power and 140Nm of torque. Gearbox options would include a CVT as well as a 6-speed manual to be added later.
Daihatsu Rocky at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show
The Toyota Raize & Daihatsu Rocky duo will take on the likes of Suzuki Jimny mini SUV in Japan as well as export markets. As per available information, production of these SUVs have already commenced while the duo is expected to go on sale by Q1, 2020 starting from selected ASEAN markets.
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