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The hotly awaited upcoming Perodua Axia small hatchback has been teased on the local car company’s official Facebook page. The said post reads “Our future cars reduce fuel consumption and emissions without compromising driving performance,” while accompanied by the picture above.

Red and sparkling, the model shown matches the leaked photos that have been circulating on social media platforms, and is likely to be a range-topping SE or even Advance variant of the new model range – what with the aggressive rear bumper, roof spoiler and clear tail lamps.

No badges can be seen just yet. For now, it’s between Axia, Atrivia, and Eliana, all of which were first revealed here by paultan.org. Our money is on Axia.

So that’s the back end officially revealed, what about the rest of the car? There isn’t much that has yet to be known, however, as you can read in detail in our comprehensive tell-it-all Perodua Axia info hub.

To recap, Perodua says this Global EEV hatchback will be built on a licensed Daihatsu platform, but will use its own body. Indonesia’s Daihatsu Ayla is based on the Japanese-market Daihatsu Mira e:S, and the new Perodua is more than likely to share the same platform as well.

As for the interior, Perodua gave us an early preview of what the new hatchback’s cabin will look like at last year’s KLIMS13 motor show, where there was a model interior on show called the Perodua Global Model A (GMA) Segment Space concept. Doesn’t leave much for the imagination, this one.

Also announced was Perodua’s new 1KR engine, based on Daihatsu’s 1KR-FE three-cylinder engine. The 998 cc all-aluminium 12-valve DOHC engine (first for a Perodua) will produce 66 PS at 5,000 rpm and 87 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. It weighs just 69 kg – 10 kg lighter than the Viva’s cast iron 1.0 litre engine.

In the Daihatsu Ayla, the same engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Perodua claims the new model will be able to deliver a minimum fuel consumption of 20-22 km per litre – meeting EEV fuel-efficiency standards.

 

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