Perodua has released an official teaser of the facelifted Perodua Axia, now open for booking – the city car, launched in 2014, will soon get a series of aesthetic tweaks, a new engine and added kit.

We only get to see a small part of the front end, but it’s clear that the company will ditch the full-length grille on the SE and Advance variants for a more conventional upper grille. The bumper has also been redesigned with aggressive triple air intakes and chrome trim around the fog lights, while the projector headlights have also been revised. On a whole, the changes grant a rather Honda Jazz-like look.

The company has also confirmed that the Axia will come with new features such as keyless entry, push-button start and a new DVD multimedia navigation system with MirrorLink connectivity, items taken from the Bezza sedan. Unfortunately, there’s no stability control available, as Perodua confirmed last year that none of the current models will be able to be fitted with the safety net, unlike the Bezza.

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Under the bonnet, the 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine now gets VVT-i variable valve timing, meaning it now has the same 1KR-VE mill as the base Bezza Standard G. Outputs are up 1 hp and 1 Nm to 67 hp at 6,000 rpm and 91 Nm at 4,400 rpm, sent to the front wheels via the same five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearbox options as before.

Perodua claims a fuel consumption figure of up to 22.5 km per litre with the manual, up from the current car’s 21.6 km/l and just a hair under the Bezza with the 1.0 litre engine and manual gearbox.