When the Toyota Raize was first revealed to the world in late 2019, it immediately looked like a car that made sense for the Philippine market.
With the Raize, the Japanese carmaker chose to go with a compact form factor ideal for tight urban settings, but still managed to make the most of what little space was available. The powertrain options leaned more towards practicality than anything else, and the fact it carried arguably the most trusted badge in the industry was definitely a selling point, too.
At the time, though, all we had to go on was what was available over in Japan. This is no longer the case, as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has finally introduced the subcompact crossover to local buyers. Let’s break down what’s been launched in our market.
Variants and prices
Locally, the Toyota Raize starts at a pretty attainable P746,000 and tops out at just over a million pesos. Four variants are available, so there’s some flexibility when it comes to cost as well. Check out the official prices and variants below:
2022 Toyota Raize
- Toyota Raize 1.2 E MT - P746,000
- Toyota Raize 1.2 E CVT - P816,000
- Toyota Raize 1.2 G CVT - P906,000
- Toyota Raize 1.0 Turbo CVT - P1,031,000
Fans of rugged-looking rides should be satisfied with the Raize’s appearance, especially considering how the brand was able to achieve the aesthetic in a relatively small frame. Strong character lines and hard edges also help give the face of this subcompact crossover a rather aggressive demeanor.
While the overall exterior appears the same across the range, there are some bits reserved for just higher-end units. Only G and Turbo units get split-type LED headlights and LED turn signals (though daytime running lights are available for all units).
Like we said, this subcompact crossover was built with smaller roads in mind. The Raize measures 4,030mm in length, 1,710mm in width, 1,605mm in height, and rides on 200mm of ground clearance. The Turbo gets larger 17-inch wheels, while the rest of the lineup rides on 16-inch ones.
Available color options are Gray Metallic, Silver Metallic, Red, Turquoise Mica Metallic, Yellow, and White Pearl. Only the Turbo variant is available with a two-tone paint job.
The cabin of the Raize leans more towards stealthy rather than cozy, with a very angular dashboard design and prominent use of dark-colored materials.
Most units get fabric seats, save for the Turbo which gets some synthetic leather thrown in. Speaking of the seats, only G and Turbo units get six-way adjustment, with the lower two variants settling for four-way adjustment.
Other interior features that come exclusively to higher-end units include a digital instrument cluster with a seven-inch TFT information display, a leather steering wheel, and foot lamps. The entire range gets two cup holders and six bottle holders, a 60:40 split seats in the back, as well as manual tilt adjustment for the tiller.
Engine and specs
Two engine options are available at launch. G and E units come equipped with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline DOHC engine with an output of 87hp at 6,000rpm and up to 113Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. The Turbo, meanwhile, gets a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder mill capable of 97hp at 6,000rpm and 140Nm between 2,400-4,000rpm. The entire range, save for the base unit and its five-speed manual transmission, comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Other specs of note? The fuel tank’s capacity is listed at 36 liters, the vehicle rides on a MacPherson strut/torsion beam suspension setup, and it gets ventilated discs up front and drums at the back.
Keyless entry and a push-to-start ignition are reserved for higher-end Raize units. The same goes for an automatic A/C system and a six-speaker sound setup. All units, save for the Turbo (which gets a larger nine-inch screen), get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Only the Turbo variant gets a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rear sonar, and seven airbags (the rest of the range gets only driver and front passenger airbags). Both the Turbo and G, meanwhile, get a rear camera with guide lines.
Toyota Raize photos
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