The Toyota Raize arrives in Japan looking like a version of the Toyota RAV4 after spending a moment under a shrink ray. There's no indication of the model leaving Japan, but the little crossover looks so good that it's worth checking out.
For comparison, the Raize measures 157.3 inches (3,995 millimeters) long versus the C-HR's 171.2 inches (4,349 millimeters). Rather than using Toyota's familiar TGNA platform, this is the first model to ride on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DGNA) underpinnings, which allows for future products to share more components between the two brands.
The overall exterior styling is boxy and rugged. The chiseled shape makes the Raize look bigger than its short length would suggest.
For power, the Raize is available with a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder. It hooks up to a transmission that has both the belts of the CVT and gears. Toyota says this setup offers "smooth acceleration at low speeds and fuel-efficient and quiet performance at high speeds." The Raize comes with a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive throughout the range of trims.
Inside, the Raize is high-tech for a tiny crossover. The model comes with an LED speedometer and seven-inch TFT screen to create a digital instrument display. The nine-inch infotainment display supports Apple CarPlay. The available safety tech includes adaptive cruise control, parking assist, and crash avoidance braking that can detect vehicles and pedestrians. The cargo rear has an adjustable floor that offers up to 369 liters (13.03 cubic feet) in its lowest position and with the rear seats up.
Prices for the Raize start at 1.679 million yen ($15,403 at current exchange rates). The most expensive trim level goes for 2,282,200 yen ($20,935).