Daihatsu Ayla GT2 IIMS- 1

The Daihatsu stand at the Indonesia International Motor Show holds special interest for us, as it’s always interesting to see what Perodua’s sister is up to over there. Plenty of relevant stuff – besides the UFC-3 (budget MPV) and CUV-2 (B-segment crossover) concepts that we’ve already covered, PT Astra Daihatsu also displayed the Daihatsu Ayla GT2 Concept.

Based on the Daihatsu Ayla, a low-cost hatchback, the Ayla GT2 is a ‘sporty and dynamic city car’ that’s also a development of last year’s Ayla GT, hence the ‘2’ in its name. Not inspired by the Porsche!

Compared to the original concept, the Ayla GT2 looks more production ready, with realistic headlamps and a more subtle rear spoiler. The new rear bumper design accomodates a single tailpipe, another move towards reality, while the GT’s ridiculous roof vent is gone. The GT2 still maintains that appealing ‘rally look’ though, with flared wheel arches and multi-spoke white alloys.

Inside, Daihatsu’s Indonesian team has fitted white leather trim for the sports seats, door cards and steering wheel, with red accents for all. The racy look is completed with a metal gear knob and aluminium pedals.

It’s a little predictable, the add-ons, but well done and attractive nonetheless. Now why is this relevant again? The Ayla is the Indonesian sister of our just-launched Perodua Axia, so the GT2 can serve as inspiration for those who want a sportier look for the Malaysian EEV. If this sporty Ayla gets the green light for production, body parts will be just a short courier away…