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Ah, something’s stirring at Perodua, and it’s due in a couple of days time. A teaser post both on the company’s website and official Facebook page offers a top-down glimpse of a vehicle nose, and judging from the headlamp assembly and the distinct side indicators in it, this could well be the Perodua Alza facelift.

The Alza has been around for more than three years now, having been launched back in November 2009. Since then, the seven-seater has chugged along, with new variants coming about. In 2011, there was the Alza M2 Edition, which was a limited run of 500 units.

Then, last year saw two versions arriving. First, there was the entry-level Alza SR in February, and then the Alza Advanced Version – which added leather seats, GPS navigation and bodykit – debuted in July.

But everything has been accomplished through kit, with no mechanical revisions – the 104 PS and 136 Nm 3SZ-VE 1.5 litre DVVT mill and five-speed manual/four-speed auto transmission have puttered along unchanged since launch, and there haven’t been any significant alterations elsewhere either.

Which means it’s just about time for the Alza to get a midlife reskin and rework. The eyeblaster teaser states that whatever’s popping up on March 14 will have more features and more value. What do you think, is it the new Alza?