You’ve read our first drive report on the new Perodua Bezza – the automaker’s first-ever sedan will be launched very soon, but ahead of that, here are the relevant details about the D63D.

The Bezza sits on the Axia’s platform, so it’s not a “Myvi Sedan” as initially anticipated. It measures in at 4,150 mm long, 1,620 mm wide and 1,510 mm tall, making it 510 mm longer than the Axia, but similar in width and height. The Axia’s 2,455 mm-long wheelbase remains unchanged here.

Just for comparison, the Myvi is – obviously – shorter, but wider and taller, stretching the tape at 3,685 mm (-465 mm) long, 1,665 mm wide (+45 mm) and 1,570 mm tall (+60 mm), with a 2,440 mm-long wheelbase (-15 mm).

The inevitable comparison with the Proton Saga cannot be avoided, so here it is – the Proton is a larger car, at 4,278 mm (+128 mm), 1,680 mm (+60 mm) and 1,520 mm (+10 mm), with a slightly longer wheelbase (2,465 mm, +10 mm).

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Three models will be available at point of launch, a base 1.0 litre Bezza Standard G and two 1.3 litre versions, a midline Bezza Premium X and range-topping Bezza Advance.

The Standard G and Premium X are available with five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission options, while the Advance comes only in four-speed auto form, making for a total of five variants in the line-up.

Both engines are new to the brand. The 1.0 litre unit seen in the Standard G is a 1KR-VE, which isn’t identical to the 1KR-DE2 seen in the Axia. The new mill features VVT-i variable valve timing (previously branded as DVVT), a higher compression ratio, reduced friction and improved combustion.

The revisions have brought output numbers up slightly – 67 hp at 6,000 rpm and 91 Nm at 4,400 rpm vs the Axia’s 66 hp at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm at 3,600 rpm.

As for the 1.3 litre unit, the Dual VVT-i engine is new to the Toyota family and is not the same seen on the Myvi (K3-VE, 90 hp, 117 Nm). The 1NR-VE – which made its ASEAN debut in the facelifted Toyota Avanza/Daihatsu Xenia in Indonesia last year – pushes out 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm in the Bezza.

Some fuel consumption figures, as touted by Perodua, and these range from 21 km per litre for the four-speed Premium X to 22.8 km per litre for the Standard G five-speed manual. The Bezza is said to be more frugal than the Axia – Perodua says that in 1.0 litre, four-speed auto form and measured in ECE mode, the Bezza is good for 21.3 km per litre compared to 20.1 km per litre off the Axia.

Other numbers, concerning kerb weight, and this ranges from 865 kg for the baseline Standard G 1.0 manual to 930 kg for the Advance 1.3 auto. As for boot space, the Bezza has 508 litres, nearly double that of the Axia’s 260 litres (+248 litres); it’s also 95 litres more than that available on the Proton Saga (413 litres).

All variants are equipped with dual-airbags, ABS and Isofix child seat mounts. Keyless entry with a push start button is a first for the brand, and is available on the Premium X and Advance versions, which also come with a USB port (5V/2A) for rear passengers (located at the tail end of the centre console).

The Advance also has Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as well as Hill Start Assist, which holds the car for two seconds on an incline after you lift your foot off the brake pedal.

The Bezza also features 60:40 split folding rear seats, which is not a given feature for sedans. As for in-car entertainment, the Advance has a touchscreen double-DIN head unit with Mirror Link, while the Premium and Standard G make do with a more conventional audio system, with Bluetooth connectivity available on the Premium.

We’ll have more details on the Perodua Bezza very soon. For now, read our first drive impressions of the Bezza, which covers the car in greater scope.

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