A twitter post recently revealed the official photos of the upcoming Toyota Raize sub-compact SUV. According to reports, the Toyota Raize will get a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine. It could make 98PS of power at 6000RPM and 140Nm of torque between 2400 and 4000RPM. The power figures are less than Hyundai’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine in the Venue, which makes 120PS of power and 172Nm of torque. Sources say that the Toyota Raize will come with a CVT automatic transmission, but it will later get a 6-speed manual gearbox as well.
As far as the dimensions go, it measures 3995mm long, 1695mm tall and 1620mm wide. The Raize has a wheelbase of 2525mm. That’s only 35mm shorter than the Yaris’ wheelbase. So, we can expect the Raize to offer decent interior space. However, it’s shorter than the Mahindra XUV300’s 2600mm wheelbase.
Looking at the leaked images, it’s safe to say that the Toyota Raize will get LED headlamps and LED DRLs.
Is Toyota Raize Coming To India?
In a word - NO.
The sub-4m sub-compact SUV segment is hot right now. So, Toyota Raize makes perfect sense for the Indian market. However, you would only consider it if it offers good value for money, which they can achieve only by making the Raize in India. To justify a big investment like that, Toyota will need a big enough demand.
It’s not easy to establish a strong foothold in this segment given the stiff competition. To keep the costs and price in check, Toyota is partnering with Maruti Suzuki. Toyota Glanza and Maruti Suzuki Baleno are exactly the same cars. Born out of the Toyota-Maruti Suzuki partnership. We’ve seen that the Toyota Glanza is also selling in decent numbers. So, a Vitara Brezza with a Toyota badge sounds like a more reasonable, if not likable, approach towards making a presence in the sub-4m SUV segment. The Vitara Brezza is a proven formula just like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. So, we are more likely to get a Toyota-branded Vitara Brezza than the Toyota Raize.
The biggest challenge though is figuring out how to keep the Brezza relevant in the BS6 era. The 1.25-litre diesel engine is not BS6 ready and there’s no petrol engine in sight as of now.