Daihatsu Move Custom spyshot 1

It’s too late to be an April Fool’s joke, so it must be real – reader Lakhsmant Ian spotted the latest sixth-generation Daihatsu Move Custom on Malaysian roads.

While that itself doesn’t really mean much (it could have been a grey import, after all), this funky tallboy kei car’s trade plate belongs to Perodua – you may have recognised the registration as being identical to the one worn on the Daihatsu Ayla, tested prior to the Axia’s launch. This could hint that the national carmaker could be preparing a replacement for the Kenari, which was based on the first-generation Move.

Daihatsu Move Custom spyshot 2

Powering the Move Custom is a 658 cc three-cylinder engine as per kei car regulations. Naturally-aspirated models produces 52 PS at 6,800 rpm and 60 Nm at 5,200 rpm, while the turbocharged version in the Custom RS makes 64 PS at 6,400 rpm and 92 Nm at 5,200 rpm. All are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and are available with either two- or four-wheel drive.

Those engines would probably be too small and underpowered for our roads, however, so expect a next-generation Kenari to be motivated by the Axia’s 1KR-DE2 1.0 litre three-pot pushing out 66 PS at 6,000rpm and 90 Nm at 3,600rpm. Transmission choices should be identical to the Axia as well and include a five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed automatic.

GALLERY: Daihatsu Move Custom RS at GIIAS 2015