Toyota has just come up with a successor to the Rush compact SUV, and the new vehicle will be called the Raize. Pictures and details of the Toyota Raize have leaked onto the internet. From the looks of it, the compact SUV seems ready to take on the Maruti Brezza and Hyundai Venue, but only if Toyota actually brings it to India. The Raize measures 3,995 mm in length, and will be offered with a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. These attributes mean that will sit right in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment, and will also qualify for the lower tax rate.
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The turbo petrol engine on this SUV makes 98 PS of peak power and 140 Nm of peak torque, which suggests that it’s been tuned quite conservatively in the interest of high fuel efficiency and low tail pipe emissions. Two gearbox options are on offer: a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic. With a kerb weight of under 1,000 kilograms, the Toyota Raize promises to be quite a peppy SUV given the power and torque outputs. Toyota has developed this compact SUV with an off-road ready form in mind, which is why it’ll get a front wheel drive as standard while specific variants will offer a four wheel drive layout as well.
Coming to the other dimensions of this compact SUV, width stands at 1,695 mm while height and wheelbase stand at 1,620 mm and 2,525 mm respectively. The Raize is based on Toyota’s New Generation Architecture (TNGA), and the compact SUV uses a monocoque body. This is at odds with the Suzuki Jimny, which will a prime competitor of this SUV, but that features a body-on-ladder layout. The Raize will also be sold by Daihatsu as well, with a full rebadging and restyling effort. Daihatsu calls it the Rocky, and production of this SUV has already commenced for specific South East Asian markets.
All said, Toyota has not confirmed the Raize for the Indian market, and is instead expected to launch a badge engineered version of the facelifted Maruti Brezza sometime next year. The badge engineered Brezza will be Toyota’s first stab at the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment in India, and the vehicle will be a petrol mild hybrid. It’ll use the 1.5 liter K-Series petrol engine paired with two gearbox options: a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed torque converter automatic. The petrol engine on the Brezza is likely to put out 104 Bhp-138 Nm, and an electric motor with brake energy regeneration will make for the mild hybrid layout.