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Toyota Raize compact SUV: first pics –

Toyota’s upcoming SUV, the Raize has seen an early reveal ahead of its official scheduled world premier set to take place early next month.  We have been following developments on this new SUV since a long time and had reported about its world premiere a few weeks ago and as reported by us, the new Toyota Raize SUV shares its underpinnings, body panels, engines and interior bits with the Daihatsu Rocky compact SUV that made its surprise debut last week at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019. 
First up, while there are a lot of similarities, the Toyota Raize gets unique styling cues too, that do help it differ from its Daihatsu cousin to some extent.  The Raize gets a more Toyota-like nose with a large trapezodial grille with mesh inserts that makes it look more like a min-RAV4 SUV.  It gets angular housings for fog lamps and LED daytime running lamps along with a high-set Toyota logo that’s placed above the grille.  The SUV shares its headlamp design with the Rocky and from the pictures it looks like the models could get LED headlamps atleast on the higher trims. 
Just like the Rocky, the Raize gets chunky 17-inch alloy wheels but with a different design.  Toyota is expected to add a long list of accessories on the Raize that includes different body kits and alloy wheel designs including a TRD package with aggressive and sporty styling.  At the back the Raize is expected to feature horizontally placed wraparound tail-lamps with LED inserts that are connected by a thick chrome bar, similar to the setup seen on the Rocky.  It also gets a floating D-pillar and a tall bumper, with thick cladding lower down and unique contrast-black inserts that mimic the styling of the front bumper. 
On the inside, the Raize will share the Rocky’s dashboard design replete with faux brushed-aluminium bits on the AC vents and steering wheel. It’s will get a driver-centric cockpit like centre console along with a freestanding infotainment screen, which seems to be an 8.0-inch unit. The model is also to share the same three-spoke steering wheel as its Daihatsu cousin. 
While the dimensions for the Toyota Raize are not out yet however we expect the Rocky compact SUV to have similar dimensions. The Rocky SUV measures 3,995mm in length, 1,695mm in height, 1,620mm in width, and has a wheelbase of 2,525mm. Both SUVs are based on Toyota’s flexible DNGA platform that is aimed at emerging markets; this platform is essentially a low-cost version of the advanced TNGA modular architecture.
Toyota will sell the Raize 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-litre, three-cylinder, 12-valve turbo-petrol engine that’s good for 98hp at 6,000rpm and 140.2Nm of torque at 2,400-4,000rpm. Gearbox choices would include a CVT initially with a six-speed manual to be added later.

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