Here’s what I gathered about the new Perodua Myvi. Since the media test drive, alot of things speculated about the Perodua Myvi has been answered by the team at Perodua themselves.

Engine

The 1 litre Myvi which is the Perodua Myvi 1.0SR will be using the EJ-VE 1 litre 3 cylinder DOHC engine, an upgraded version of the EJ-DE 1 litre 3 cylinder DOHC found in the Kenari/Kelisa. When I say upgraded, I mean it comes with DVVT variable valve timing. This EJ-VE DVVT engine is also found in export models of the Perodua Kelisa intended for the UK market.

As a comparison, the 1.3 Toyota Passo/Daihatsu Boon uses the same K3-VE as our 1.3 Perodua Myvi but the 1.0 Toyota Passo/Daihatsu Boon uses the 1KR-FE 1.0 engine with variable valve timing instead of the EJ-VE that our 1.0 Perodua Myvi has. This is probably an updated 1 litre engine design as compared to the EJ series that we’re still using.

The 1.3 litre Myvi, available in 4 trim levels (1.3SX, 1.3EZ, 1.3SXi, 1.3EZi) is using the K3-VE engine found in the Kembara DVVT, which has variable valve timing. I suspect YRV Turbo halfcuts with the K3-VET in them will be even more popular now :P

Power output for the 1 litre EJ-VE is 56hp and the 1.3 litre K3-VE produces 85hp. As a Comparison, the Honda Jazz 1.5 VTEC produces 110hp and the Jazz 1.5 i-DSI produces 87hp too. So you can see, the variable valve timing feature on the K3-VE really makes it comparable to 1.5 litre engines not equipped with any form of variable valve timing.

Transmission/Gearbox

There are manual and automatic transmission available. The manual is a 5-speed while the auto is a 4-speed with overdrive. This should help with the highway cruising fuel consumption.

Specifications/Trim Levels

There are four models available. The prices shown are including insurance.

Model Specs Price
Myvi 1.0SR 1.0, Manual RM41,200
Myvi 1.3SX 1.3, Manual RM44,755/RM45,300
Myvi 1.3EZ 1.3, Auto RM47,781/RM48,300
Myvi 1.3SXi 1.3, Manual, Dual Airbags, ABS RM47,781/RM48,300
Myvi 1.3EZi 1.3, Auto, Dual Airbags, ABS RM50,781/RM51,300

Looks like the price for the 1.3SXi and the 1.3EZ is the same. If you could only afford that much and not the 1.3EZi, would you choose an automatic transmission or the dual airbags and ABS? :P

The 1.3 cars are available in all seven colours but the 1.0 is only available in black, gold and silver. All the 1.3 versions have 14 inch alloy rims while the 1.0 only has steel rims. Looks like the 1.0SR is the ultra-budget version of the Myvi.

Quality Control Standards

QC, or rather the lack of QC is the problem plaguing Malaysian car manufacturers. Perodua is definitely much better than Proton in terms of quality control. And with recently being commissioned to manufacture the Toyota Avanza for Toyota, it’s factory’s QC had been beefed up so that it matches Toyota’s standards. Defect rates are currently at 0.2, which means 2 defects per 10 cars. This is a huge improvement from the rate of 2 to 2.5 per car 10 years ago.

So here you go, everyone’s questions about the prices and the models available answered! Before I end this post, let me leave you with some spyshots.

The one on the left is the 1.3EZi or one of the 1.3 models I presume and the one on the right is the 1.0SX. You can see the exterior differences for the two models. The higher spec Myvi has foglamps on the bumper but the 1.0 model does not. The 1.0 model also has wheelcaps covering the ugly steel rims but the 1.3 model has proper alloy wheels. Oh yes, check out the side mirrors for the Myvi, they have signal lamps on them. Kind of cool :P Yes, yes, I’m easily amused okay!

In case you’ve missed out on all the available colours of the Perodua Myvi, you can check out my post Perodua Myvi Colours – The Myvi Rainbow!

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