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This is a big one. A teaser of a new Perodua Alza has appeared on the local carmaker’s website, with the accompanying photo you can see above. The updated MPV is already open for booking, and will arrive at showroom floors in January 2014. That’s next month!

It’s still unclear if it will be a full-fledged facelift or just a minor spec/variant update, but by the looks of it – it’s labelled as The New Alza – we’re looking at the former. The current model was first introduced over four years ago (November 2009), so it’s definitely due for a mid-life update.

So what are we looking at here, exactly? The main image shows a whole new front bumper, which is similar in style to the existing Myvi SE. Perhaps Perodua will introduce a range-topping Alza SE with this round of facelift. Also visible is an updated headlamp cluster with clear indicator lamps instead of the current model’s amber fittings.

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Other highlights include a monotone black interior in place of the two-tone black/grey combo we have now, new instrument cluster design, (possibly optional) new multimedia system with navigation and reverse camera functions and a roof-mounted monitor. Meanthile, the updated armrest will house a storage compartment.

A welcome and completely new addition is the split-folding third-row seats (the outgoing Alza’s rear-most seats have a one-piece design) so you can now expand the boot space without sacrificing both passenger compartments. Plus, ISOFIX anchors are now built into the middle-row seats too – there’s no mention of third-row anchorage points, so it might just be found on the second row.

It looks like we are about to see a new Perodua Alza that is thoroughly revamped both inside and outside. The new tagline – The Alza For Everyone – could also suggest that it will be offered in a broader model and more importantly, price range. What do you think?