The 2018 Perodua Myvi has made its public debut in Malaysia. But hold your horses; the new Myvi, while physically on display, is being kept in a box designed to allow just a sneak peek. There are letterbox holes on the front and rear ends of the box. We also see slots at the sides, but these were not opened at the time of press. Order books are open today.

UPDATE: Perodua has opened online registration of interest for the new Myvi, click here for more.

The peep show affords a view of the third-generation Myvi’s face, but only the upper portion with the grille and headlamps. There’s a bit of Alza in the face, giving the new model a “Perodua look” if there’s such a thing. But what P2 really wants to show is the new Myvi’s headlamps, which are LED units across the board. Yes, from the entry RM44,300 manual 1.3 Standard G.

The LED headlamps, which have auto off and follow-me-home functions, are boxed in by signal lamps at the ends and positioning lamps (“small lights”) on the top, like eyebrows. They should outshine the outgoing car‘s halogen projectors by some margin – check out our “night shots” below for a view that will be ubiquitous very soon.

We also get a view of the new Myvi’s rear end. The number plate is no longer on the hatch, and is now located on the bumper, like the Axia. The hatch now houses part of the rear lamp cluster, which is taller on the body side than on the hatch side. There’s a rear spoiler (only for 1.5L variants) and LED tail lamps with light guides (standard for all). The static and digital booth displays show the 1.5L’s 15-inch dual-tone alloys.

It’s now clear that the new Myvi is not a rebadge of the JDM Daihatsu Boon, which we showed you in detail last month. The upper body is a 100% Perodua design. “The all-new Myvi is a the first Perodua model to have an upper body designed completely in-house, without foreign input,” said Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh, president and CEO of Perodua.

While the full specifications have not been released, there’s a leaflet highlighting the new Myvi’s top features. What we know is that the new car is longer and wider, but lower than its high-roofed predecessor. Perodua also claims a 973 mm tandem distance (distance between the front and rear passengers) and an ‘8+1 flexible seating arrangement’ (nine layouts, not seats).

Five variants are on offer, and they are the 1.3 Standard G (MT), 1.3 Standard G (AT), 1.3 Premium X, 1.5 High and 1.5 Advance. The 1.3L and 1.5L engines offered are from the Toyota/Daihatsu NR family, with DOHC and Dual VVT-i. Base five-speed manual variant aside, all Myvis get a four-speed automatic gearbox.

It’s exactly the same engine line-up as the Toyota Avanza and not a carry-over from the previous Myvi. The 1.3L 1NR-VE is also same unit used in the Bezza 1.3L, and in the sedan it makes 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 1.5L 2NR-VE makes 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm in the Avanza. The 1.5L NR engine also powers the Toyota Vios.

Eco Idle auto start-stop, which made its debut in the Bezza, is available on 1.3 Premium X and above variants. Along with aerodynamic improvements, the new Myvi’s fuel economy is as good as 20.1 km/l for the 1.5L auto. The claimed FC for the outgoing Myvi 1.5L AT is 15.4 km/l.

Now to the features. All variants get LED headlamps with a ‘Follow Me Home’ function, keyless entry with push start (unlike some premium German cars!), 60:40 split folding rear seats and reverse sensors. 1.3L variants get four airbags (front and side) ABS, EBD and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as standard. They roll on 14-inch wheels. As mentioned, Eco Idle is available from the 1.3 Premium X.

Moving up to the 1.5L variants nets one 15-inch rims, front and side skirting, two-tone rear bumper, a rear spoiler and an integrated Touch n Go reader (insert you TnG card into the car and use Smart Tag lanes without the Smart Tag). Both 1.5L variants get six airbags – front, side and curtain.

The range-topping 1.5 Advance gets the big surprise – Advance Safety Assist (ASA). This is a suite of safety features that includes Pre-Collision Warning (PCW), Pre-Collision Braking (PCB), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC).

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These are existing Daihatsu systems and they operate through a forward-facing stereo camera on the top of the windscreen. PCW warns you when a collision is about to happen, PCB is autonomous emergency braking, while FDA alerts you when the car in front has moved on (in a traffic jam), saving you from being honked by the car behind. PMC detects an obstruction in front, and will not allow the car to accelerate. Full explanation on ASA and its functions here. Perodua is targeting a five-star rating from ASEAN NCAP.

Yes, all that for a RM55,300 car. That’s the price of the 1.5 Advance with ASA. The new Myvi range starts from RM44,300 for the 1.3 Standard G (MT), rising to RM46,300 for the 1.3 Standard G (AT), RM48,300 for the 1.3 Premium X and RM51,800 for the 1.5 High. All prices are on-the-road excluding insurance. Gear Up accessories, including the just-introduced child seats, are available.

Six colours are available, and they are Lava Red, Mystical Purple, Glittering Silver, Ivory White, Granite Grey (1.5 only) and Peppermint Green (1.3 only). The latter two are new colours. Here’s the spec summary, in point form.

Perodua Myvi 1.3 Standard G
RM44,300 (MT)
RM46,300 (AT)

Gets as standard:
1.3 litre Dual VVT-i engine (1NR-VE)
1,329 cc, four-cylinder petrol
94 hp at 6,000 rpm, 121 Nm at 4,000 rpm (est. numbers from Bezza 1.3)
Five-speed manual or four-speed E-AT
LED headlamps with auto off and follow-me-home functions
Headlight levelling
LED tail lamps with light guides
Reverse sensors
14-inch alloy wheels
Keyless entry and start
Flexible 8+1 seating configurations
60:40 folding rear seats
Side pocket on front seat (for mobile phones)
Four airbags (dual front, front sides)
Electronic stability control (VSC)
Traction control (TRC)
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
Five-year/150,000 km warranty
Target five-star ASEAN NCAP crash test rating

Perodua Myvi 1.3 Premium X
RM48,300 (AT)

Adds on:
Eco-idle automatic start-stop system
Other exterior and interior trim (not released yet)

Colour options for Myvi 1.3:
Ivory White (solid)
Glittering Silver (metallic)
Mystical Purple (metallic)
Lava Red (metallic)
Peppermint Green (metallic) – new, exclusive to 1.3 models

Perodua Myvi 1.5 High
RM51,800 (AT)

Adds on:
1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine (2NR-VE)
1,496 cc, four-cylinder petrol
106 hp at 6,000 rpm, 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm (est. numbers from Vios 1.5)
Four-speed E-AT
Combined fuel economy of 20.1 km per litre
15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels
Front bodykit and side skirts (dual-tone)
Two-tone rear bumper
Rear spoiler
Built-in toll reader (integrated SmartTAG)
Six airbags (dual front, front sides, curtains)

Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance
RM55,300 (AT)

Adds on:
Advanced Safety Assist (ASA)
Pre-collision Warning
Pre-collision Braking (low-speed autonomous emergency braking)
Front Departure Alert
Pedal Misoperation Control

Colour options for Myvi 1.5:
Ivory White (solid)
Glittering Silver (metallic)
Mystical Purple (metallic)
Lava Red (metallic)
Granite Grey (metallic) – new, exclusive to 1.5 models