The results apply to Daihatsu’s Rocky crossover as well, which employs the same TNGA platform
Japanese automakers Toyota and Daihatsu have made a new safety benchmark in the sub-four-metre or subcompact crossover category (“compact SUVs” in India). The latest-gen Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky have scored an impressive 5-star safety rating in Japanese NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) or simply, JNCAP.
Either crossover shares basically the same NGA (New Global Architecture) platform. Daihatsu’s version (DNGA) is significantly cost-effective compared to Toyota’s (TNGA) on which it is based. It is to be noted that the Toyota Raize is underpinned by DNGA and not TNGA.
As per the interchangeable results, the Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky scored 85.7/100 points or 5 stars in Collision Safety Performance and 73.6/141 ASV++ (highest possible rating) in Preventive Safety Performance. The former category involves 10 crash tests, out of which the crossover(s) scored 5/5 points in full-wrap frontal collision (passenger side), offset front collision (driver side), offset frontal collision (rear passenger seat), side collision (driver side) and pedestrian head protection performance. The remaining five tests witnessed a 4/5 rating.
Under Preventive Safety Performance, both vehicles scored full points in lane departure prevention system (16/16), rear-view monitoring system (6/6), high-performance headlights (5/5) and pedal misapplication prevention (2/2). Of course, full marks in these subcategories are assured in most cases if a vehicle is equipped with these features. However, tests such as autonomous emergency braking (car-to-car and pedestrian) return varied results depending on the manufacturer and efficiency of the system in use.
In the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), the Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky employ a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine good for around 97bhp @ 6.000rpm and 140Nm @ 2,400-4,000rpm. This is mated to a CVT unit that drives the front wheels as standard. Higher variants are available in front-wheel-biased AWD format.
Chances of the subcompact crossover coming to India are bleak since Toyota Kirloskar Motor is readying to launch the Urban Cruiser, which is essentially a Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza under the skin. On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki is looking forward to introducing an entry-level compact crossover (“5-seater SUV” in Indian terms) to rival the South Koreans, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta.
One can be sure that it will be a rebadged Toyota product and certain reports state that it could be an elongated avatar of the Raize or Rocky. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis may have slowed down the plans as OEMs have faced massive losses lately.