The Japan New Car Evaluation System (JNCAP) has given the Toyota Raize and the Daihatsu Rocky a 5-star ranking on collision protection. The crash check ranking is the best that can be given to a car – the Raize was granted this classification by earning 85.7/100 points in the crash tests, where the front and side impact checks worked extremely well. In the preventive safety performance test, scoring 73.6/141 points gave the Raize an ASV++ rating which is the second highest possible. It performed high in surveillance measures for lane-keeping and rear-view.
The sub-four meter Raize and Rocky SUVs were built jointly by Toyota and Daihatsu. Both use the versatile DNGA architecture, a low-cost variant of Toyota’s scalable TNGA framework targeted for developing markets. That implies that the Daihatsu Rocky has the same scale, base, and even engine-gearbox choices as the Toyota Raize. Therefore the health ranking refers on both versions.
One of the main discrepancies is that the JNCAP only measures cars sold in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) while the Regional NCAP (GNCAP) checks cars from different emerging markets to improve collaboration between the various NCAP agencies. Another distinction is that each New Car Appraisal System (NCAP) requires its own procedures for carrying out accident tests and awarding marks, and the findings can not be interchanged. Even, having the maximum 5-star ranking bodes well for any vehicle.
It’s no secret that Maruti Suzuki has wanted to add a midsize SUV to its range to compete with the Hyundai Creta for a while now. We reported late last year that Maruti Suzuki will launch a midsize SUV in our market in collaboration with Toyota, to do exactly that. This SUV will be based on the same Toyota Raize model as the DNGA. This new SUV will be about 4.3 meters long, which is in line with other mid-size SUVs in India, from the Creta and Seltos to the Kicks and Captur, although unlike the Raize, which is a sub-four-meter model in terms of length.