It’s a big day for Perodua this Thursday – the second national carmaker will be introducing its first sedan, the 2016 Perodua Bezza, in just three days. And you’ll be able to watch this historic moment right from the comfort of your own computer, smartphone or tablet, as is proud to bring you exclusive live streaming coverage of the launch event, happening on July 21 from 8pm onwards!

That’s right, aside from reading our usual comprehensive launch report, you will also be able to watch it being unveiled before your eyes, before anyone else, right from this website! Be the first to see the new car inside and out and learn of all the details, specifications and equipment count for all variants – as long as your device’s browser supports YouTube streaming, you’ll be able to watch it anywhere.

So what do we know about the car itself? Well, pretty much everything, really, most importantly the price – the Bezza will start at RM37,300 (auto RM39,300) for the base 1.0 Standard G, rising up to RM42,800 (auto RM44,800) for the mid-table 1.3 Premium X and topping off at RM50,800 for the auto-only 1.3 Advance. Prices are the same for solid or metallic paint and include a five-year/150,000 km warranty.

Full kit count has also been revealed, with standard equipment including 14-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights and USB audio. The Premium X variant tacks on front fog lights, keyless entry, push button start, front parking sensors, power-adjustable door mirrors, Bluetooth and a USB charging port, while the Advance adds two-tone alloys, leather seats, a touchscreen multimedia system, a reverse camera and hill start assist.

Safety has taken a significant step upwards – as usual for Perodua, all models come with dual airbags, but ABS with EBD is now standard-fit as well, a first for Perodua (the single-spec, imported-from-Japan Nautica SUV notwithstanding). What’s more, the Advance model also gets Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), allowing it to nab Perodua’s first five-star ASEAN NCAP rating (all other models get four stars).

Two new engine choices are available for the Bezza, the first a 1.0 litre 1KR-VE VVT-i unit seen in the baseline Standard G manual and auto. Output is 67 hp at 6,000 rpm and 91 Nm at 4,400 rpm (slightly higher than the Axia’s non-VVT-i 1KR-DE2’s 66 hp at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm at 3,600 rpm).


The other is a 1.3 litre unit called the 1NR-VE, equipping the Premium X and Advance models. Good for 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, the dual VVT-i mill is not the same as that seen on the Myvi (K3-VE, with 90 hp and 117 Nm). Transmission options are a five-speed manual or four-speed auto for the Standard G and Premium X, while the Advance is only available with an auto.

So stay tuned to watch the exclusive live stream of the launch of the 2016 Perodua Bezza this Thursday, July 21 at 8pm, right here on See you then!

GALLERY: Perodua Bezza 1.3 Advance