Perodua is ‘seriously considering’ the introduction of a compact SUV. This was revealed by Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh at the presentation of the company’s first half of 2017 results in Kuala Lumpur today.

“SUVs seem to be the flavour of the day,” Aminar said, adding that “it is not out of our range and we’re studying the feasibility of introducing such a model.” The P2 chief also added that the company is now putting more resources into product planning as well as understanding consumers’ tastes.

However, he did not reveal any timeline or further details, in typical Perodua fashion. Whatever model that will be introduced in the future will follow the company’s positioning though, which is “compact” and “affordable”. Previous SUV efforts from Perodua were the popular Kembara and the CBU imported from Japan Nautica.

The SUV boom is a global one, cutting across segments and price points. Carmakers that were early to latch on to the trend have reaped the benefits (Nissan with the Qashqai in Europe and Honda with the HR-V in Malaysia), and the others are churning out SUVs of all sizes to not miss out on the boat.

Will Perodua’s upcoming SUV, if the study materialises, be based on a JDM kei-car such as the Daihatsu Cast Activa (and the old Kembara), or a proper compact crossover such in the mould of the Daihatsu FX Concept that was showcased at the 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show? Our bet is on the latter.

Excited about a B-segment “SUV rakyat” at Perodua price points? Proton, now with Chinese carmaker Geely onboard, is also prepping an SUV, but the tiger-badged, Boyue-based SUV will be larger and more expensive than whatever P2 has in mind.

GALLERY: Daihatsu FX Concept at GIIAS 2015