Toyota Raize Image Leaked Could Be Co-Branded Model With Maruti Vitara Brezza

  • Oct 31, 2019

Leading Japanese automobile manufacturers Toyota and Suzuki, recently entered into a partnership to share each other’s cars in a number of global markets, including India. The Toyota Glanza, based on the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, was the first car to be launched in this regard. A leaked image of Toyota Raize has now revealed what the car, reportedly based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, may look like. The Raize is based on the Daihatsu Rocky compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) which recently debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The Toyota Raize is likely to be unveiled in November. The first images of the car, leaked ahead of the official launch, reveals that the Raize’s front fascia looks much like the present-generation Hyundai Creta. The Raize’s rear part seems to be sportier than the front.

Toyota is expected to launch a compact SUV in India in 2022, based on the Vitara Brezza. The car will be manufactured at Toyota’s Bengaluru workshop. However, unlike the Glanza and Baleno that looks exactly similar, the new shared sub-4m SUV may have distinguishable styling. The India-specific model of the Raize is also expected to sport a distinct look.

The Raize is likely to borrow the dashboard from Rocky, which has faux brushed-aluminum bits on the steering wheel and air-conditioning vents. The car would have a driver-centric cockpit with a central console and a free-standing 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. The Raize is also likely to have an identical three-spoke steering with the Daihatsu Rocky.

The Raize could be offered only with a petrol engine. The current Vitara Brezza, on the other hand, is hauled only by a 1.3-litre diesel motor. The Raize’s engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT).

A facelift version of the Vitara Brezza, fitted with a BS-VI compatible petrol engine, is expected to be rolled out by 2020.


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