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November 5, 2019

Meet Toyota's EcoSport Fighter: the Raize

If the Rush is a bit too family-looking for you, perhaps we can interest you in Toyota’s newest offering: the Raize. Like the Copen, the Raize is produced by affiliate company Daihatsu, but manages to include input from Toyota, particularly with its platform.

Measuring at an ultra-compact 3,955-mm long and 1,695-mm wide, the Raize caters to customers who want to drive an SUV, but who also want something that’s easy to drive in the city. It also puts it squarely in the same category as the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Juke.

The Raize rides on Daihatsu’s next-generation platform, DNGA (sounds familiar?) and takes into account all aspects of the car from platform to powertrain to realize heightened levels of driving performance, safety, and peace of mind. Most important of all, this merges product development for both Toyota and Daihatsu brands.

Outside, the Raize provides a strong sense of power and stability with its standard 17-inch alloy wheels and protruding fenders. It’s extremely angular with thin LED headlights and sequential turn signal lights. Yet, inside, it boasts of class-leading cargo space (369 liters). Moreover, the rear seats can also be folded further to increase the available cargo space. A full digital 7-inch LCD gauge cluster takes centerstage and has four modes: Advanced, Exciting, Simple, and Analog.

The unibody architecture is paired with a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine (1KR-VET) which promises performance equal to that of a normally-aspirated 1.5-liter engine. The forced induction engine is paired to a CVT transmission with 10 preset gear ratios. Two-wheel drive models achieve up to 18.6 km/L, while the optional four-wheel drive model does 17.4 km/L.

Now, while the Raize is for sale in Japan for now, Toyota has hinted that it’s destined for international markets, particularly the ASEAN where appetite for small SUVs is strong.


  1. This car looks very interesting. So, when will this be made available in the Philippines. Looking forward to it, I will defer my plans to buy a car for a while and wait for this one.

  2. Better buy the New kid in Town, the Allnew Geely CoolRay. It has Hi Tech features plus the most Powerful Subcompact SUV in the mArket with a 177 Horsepower.

    1. Are they as reliable? the other chinese cars?

  3. 2020 toyota Raize when it will be released in the philippines and how much will it be at base price? and also I'm curious about this car size!!

  4. Hope that it will be available soon in PH,

  5. bring it on, specially the AWD version. :-)

  6. The Raize is available in other ASEAN mkts. So when will it be available in the Phil? This is better than the Ecosport, Stonic or Venue.


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