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The blue compact MPV you see above is the Daihatsu UFC-2 Concept, which premiered at last year’s IIIMS in Jakarta. It was an updated version of the original UFC Concept from IIMS 2012.

Daihatsu is said to be launching an updated UFC-3 Concept (yellow image of the car leaked can be seen below) at this year’s IIMS 2014, with a production version of the car possible launching next year.

The product is essentially a front wheel drive 7-seater B-segment MPV based on a passenger car platform, a big contrast from Daihatsu’s previous take on a 7-seater MPV for Indonesia, the Daihatsu Xenia, sold here in Malaysia as the Toyota Avanza. This change reflects the Indonesian consumer’s new more sophisticated taste buds, looking for a more car-like driving experience for their 7-seaters.

ufc3-smallBy now you would have already figured this out – this will eventually become the next generation Perodua Alza. Daihatsu’s competitors have already launched similiar products in the country – you have the Suzuki Ertiga, the Mazda VX-1 (a rebadged Ertiga), the Honda Mobilio and the Chevrolet Spin.

Perodua once said that it would be launching a car every year, cycling between an all-new model and a product update. With this year’s big launch being the Perodua Axia (launching tonight), what’s next for the company?

We think the next candidate for a full model change is most likely a new Perodua Alza, which will likely be based on the production version of this Daihatsu UFC Concept. The Alza was first launched in late 2009 and facelifted earlier this year, so a full model change would be logically next in line.

We think we could possibly see a full model change for the Perodua Alza sometime in 2016, with perhaps a facelift for the second generation Perodua Myvi (launched mid-2011) coming next year.