The wait is finally over. The 2018 Perodua Myvi will be officially launched tomorrow and will bring the launch event to you at home, in the office, or on the move.

Exclusive live streaming of the launch of the new Myvi will be available at this website, our YouTube page, our Facebook page or Perodua’s Facebook page. Stay tuned as we give you a walk-around tour of the third-generation Myvi, and talk to key figures behind the new model. We will go live at 5.15 pm tomorrow.

Public interest is high, and not just among those who follow the car scene – unsurprising, as the Myvi is after all the most popular car in Malaysia over the last ten years, with over one million units on the road since the first generation surfaced May 2005. The five-door hatch topped the sales charts for nine consecutive years before passing the baton to the Axia in 2015.

The new Myvi made its public debut on November 9, albeit in a teaser box, and order books have been open since then. The new car is longer and wider than the outgoing Myvi, but with a lower roofline for a new silhouette. Exact dimensions have not been released, but Perodua claims a roomier cabin and an ‘8+1 flexible seating arrangement’, which alludes to 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 the 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 all variants except the Standard G. That, along with the new engine and aerodynamic improvements, contribute to a claimed fuel economy figure of 20.1 km/l for the 1.5L auto. The outgoing Myvi 1.5L AT is rated at 15.4 km/l.

The new Myvi’s list of features has stunned many, us included. All variants get LED headlamps with auto off and ‘Follow Me Home’ functions, keyless entry with push start, 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. As mentioned, Eco Idle is available from the 1.3 Premium X.

Moving up to the 1.5L variants nets one 15-inch rims (one-inch larger), front and side skirting, a 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 device). Both 1.5L variants get six airbags (front, side and curtain). Perodua is targeting a five-star rating from ASEAN NCAP.

There’s more. The range-topping 1.5 Advance gets the biggest surprise feature – 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).

These are existing Daihatsu systems and they operate through a forward-facing camera on the top of the windscreen. PCW warns you when a collision is about to happen, PCB is low-speed 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.

All the above improvements have been achieved without a price hike. 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. The 1.5 Advance with ASA is yours for RM55,300. All prices are on-the-road excluding insurance. Gear Up accessories, including the just-introduced child seats, are available.

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Buyers can choose from six colours, which 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. Below is the spec sheet, in point form. Bear in mind that the specs we have here is a preliminary list, with plenty more to be revealed tomorrow.

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