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September 25, 2021

Toyota Starts Exporting LHD Raize SUV; PH Prices Could Start At Just 900k

It seems the possibility of seeing the all-new Toyota Raize on local roads is getting greater and greater by the day. The latest evidence? This.

When Toyota started producing the Raize in Indonesia, they mentioned that it’ll be exported to about 50 countries. However, at the time, there was still some question on whether they’ll be producing it for left-hand drive markets such as the Philippines. Well, that question has now been answered. And yes, they are producing the Raize for left-hand drive markets. The first market to receive the left-hand drive version of the sub-compact SUV? Cambodia.

As a refresher, the Toyota Raize is a small 5-seater sub-compact SUV built on Daihatsu’s next-generation DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture). It merges product development between Toyota and Daihatsu, and more importantly, it’ll be the same platform that’ll underpin the all-new Avanza which is slated to appear by the end of 2021.

Given that the Philippines is still the largest left-hand drive market in ASEAN, expect the newly-launched Cambodian spec Raize to mirror what we’ll probably get.

With that in mind, it seems that we’re not poised to get the normally-aspirated 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine. Instead, it’s more likely that Filipino buyers will be getting the turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder that makes 98 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. The sole gearbox is a 7-speed CVT driving the front wheels.

The Cambodian market Raize is being made available in both single- and two-tone exterior finishes, but inside, they both feature a 7-inch TFT digital gauges and an 8-inch “floating” infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So far, they’re not getting the GR Sport trim though.

It also looks like the Raize will continue Toyota’s lead in terms of safety. It will get 6 SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and vehicle stability control. It won’t get Toyota Safety Sense, but it still does have lane change assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and a backup camera with reverse sensors.

As for the price, the Raize in Cambodia starts at P 1.349 million for the single-tone and 1.37 million for the two-tone version. While that might seem pricey, take note that new cars over there generally are. For instance, the Avanza, also sourced from Indonesia is priced at P 1.523 million for the 1.5-liter AT. If we were to proportion the prices, it could mean that the Philippine version Raize could start out at just P 897,000 and top out at P 911,000.


  1. I think the Raize will be selling like hotcakes as Vios when that car lands here in our shores.

  2. I think TMP should update the locally-produced Vios and Innova first by putting variants with at least some of the Toyota Safety Sense features (lane change assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert) and hopefully, TOTL variants with hybrid electric motors.

    Much better, so that these vehicle imports will not cannibalize a bit from their local vehicle sales.

    1. Also, if Raize will come to Philippines, then it might sit alongside Vios and below Avanza & Rush. With that, they have to discontinue the "overpriced" Thai-made Yaris (basically a Vios in hatchback.)

    2. with our appetites for much smaller suv's growing, I think toyota should probably consider having a locally manufactured version here, it's a no brainer for them tbh.

  3. looks like a mini fortuner with that fascia. but taillamps look like a t-cross tho. and too angular rear bumper looks like suzuki's design.

  4. they can renamed it as Wigo Cross for easy marketing.


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