Toyota's New Baby RAV4 Gets Even More Tempting

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Thanks to TRD and Modellista performance parts.

Well this is just typical, isn't it? A major automaker reveals a new model that we can't have. Then what does it do next? It releases a whole slate of performance parts to make it even more tempting. Talk about pouring salt on the wound.

The new model in question is the Toyota Raize, a Daihatsu-based (and built) crossover that the Japanese automaker is slotting into its local lineup beneath the C-HR and RAV4– which itself has long since grown well beyond its original compact dimensions, leaving plenty of room beneath it for a subcompact crossover.

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Hot on the heels of its reveal, both TRD and Modellista have each revealed their own (largely cosmetic) enhancements for the new Raize. The parts from Toyota Racing Development look particularly enticing, transforming the budget subcompact crossover with a decidedly racier look. The aero kit includes a front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear bumper and more, all done up in matte black and red, with a smattering of decals to finish it off.

The Modellista modifications are, as usual, relatively more low-key, adopting the kind of monotone yet sculpted appearance that's particularly popular in the Japanese Domestic Market.

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Modellista's take on the new Toyota Raize makes it look more like a Storm Trooper transport. It includes more heavily molded front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and dual exhaust finishers – which are kind of silly, considering the three-cylinder (albeit turbocharged) engine motivating the Raize.

More to the point, though, is that the enhancements serve to highlight the range of possibilities for the new pint-sized SUV that's just what Toyota needs to compete with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, and Honda HR-V – not just in Japan, but here in America, too.

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