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Perodua has announced that bookings will open this Friday for its latest model – the Perodua Axia. You’ll be able to book the Axia at any of Perodua’s 180 sales showrooms nationwide with a booking fee of RM250 to RM300, depending on variant.

UPDATE: Specs and prices for Axia 1.0 E, G, SE and Advance variants have been revealed.

The Perodua Axia will debut in four variant guises – Standard E, Standard G, Special Edition and Advance. The base Standard E model will be priced from RM24,900 – this is for Peninsular Malaysia and with a solid paint exterior. Here’s another big announcement – the Axia will come with a five-year warranty, which is a first for a Perodua.

Another bit of information released today is that the car will have 260 litres of boot space, which Perodua says is shaped to be able to fit four travel bags. The interior, which was previewed by the Perodua Global Model A (GMA) Segment Space concept at last year’s KLIMS13 show, seats five. The KLIMS13 preview also showcased what the dashboard will look like.

We also know the Axia will use a new 1KR three-cylinder engine, which is based on Daihatsu’s 1KR-DE used in the Ayla in Indonesia. The 1.0 litre all-aluminium 12-valve DOHC engine will produce 65 PS at 5,000 rpm and 87 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. It weighs just 69 kg, which is 10 kg lighter than the Viva’s cast iron 1.0 litre engine.

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Now you might be wondering about the inspiration behind the name Axia and how to pronounce it. Perodua says it’s pronounced ‘a-zee-a’, and it’s a play on the word Asia. This means Perodua intends for the name to be pronounced ‘A-xia’ rather than ‘Ax-ia’. The letter ‘X’ in the name is meant to represent the number ten, as the Axia is Perodua’s 10th model.

“We believe that the Perodua Axia is competitive in the region, which is why the word ‘Asia’ was incorporated into the name. This vehicle represents a whole new standard for us – environmentally friendly, very spacious for a compact vehicle, easy driving and economical in terms of the overall cost of ownership,” Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid said.

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