Perodua has announced that bookings for the new facelifted Myvi are now open. Pricing for the 2015 Perodua Myvi facelift will begin from RM41,500 and top out at RM58,900 (the current Myvi retails from RM41,936 to RM61,740, all on-the-road, with insurance).

While the prices may not have changed drastically, Perodua president and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh says that the company has added value by up to RM3,800 – whatever that may be. The car will be officially launched on January 15.

For starters, the Myvi range has been rebranded – the entry-level model is now the 1.3 litre Standard G, which replaces the previous 1.3 Myvi XT, while the 1.3 Premium X takes over from the 1.3 SE. The range is completed by the 1.5 SE and 1.5 Advance, the latter replacing the 1.5 Extreme variant.

The 1.5 litre range now adopts the Axia‘s nomenclature of having the SE and Advance tag on higher-end models. Externally, a different bumper and alloy wheels – an eight-spoke design on the 1.3 litre models and spiral motif on the 1.5 litre variants – help distinguish between the two ranges.

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No mechanical changes are touted, with the 89 hp and 117 Nm K3-VE 1.3 litre and 102 hp and 136 Nm 3SZ-VE 1.5 litre four-cylinder engines continuing on. Transmission options are the usual five-speed manual and four-speed automatic (now branded as 4 E-AT, as opposed to the outgoing car’s 4 AT), both choices available for the 1.3 Standard G and 1.5 SE, while the 1.3 Premium X and 1.5 Advance are only available in auto.

In terms of equipment, the 1.3 Standard G gets a basic radio/CD player while the 1.3 Premium X and 1.5 SE add on a head unit with MP3/WMA, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The 1.5 Advance model, meanwhile, comes with a touchscreen multimedia infotainment system with navigation and reverse camera.

A further difference on the inside can be marked out by the inclusion of semi-bucket seats in the 1.5 litre versions, dressed in leather with red highlights for the Advance and fabric for the SE. The 1.3 Standard G and Premium X make do with standard fabric seats.

The 1.5 litre models also get projector headlamps with LED guide lights and standard fit solar/security window film. This seems to indicate the 1.3 litre variants will lose their projector headlamps which are standard with the pre-facelift and go back to having reflector headlamps.

Front corner sensors are available on all variants except the 1.3 Standard G. Echoing the Axia, all variants will receive the much-applauded anti-snatch hook that keeps one’s belongings out of reach from would-be thieves. Also included is a new retractable cup holder located under the driver’s right side air-con vent.

Safety is up, as Perodua has confirmed that the facelift gets a four-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, made possible by “further enhancing the vehicle structure to better withstand frontal impacts,” which is an improvement over the pre-facelift’s three-star rating. As with all current Perodua models, the base Myvi variant (1.3 Standard G) goes without ABS, EBD and brake assist.

As part of the facelift, Perodua is also introducing two new colours to the mix – Electric Blue and Cosmic Gold – which adds on to the current array of shades comprised of Mystical Purple, Glittering Silver, Ivory White and Ozzy Orange.

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