The new Perodua Myvi lineup has ditched the mid-spec SE trim in favour of the 1.5 High and Advance models, and with that ends a whole line of sportier-looking Myvi variants that has existed in some form or another since 2007. We wondered if the Special Edition tag could perhaps be reserved for a more powerful hot hatch, and enlisted the services of rendering wizard Theophilus Chin to whip up such a car.

The end result looks really rather good, don’t you think? The additions include a honeycomb grille pattern, larger air intakes and what appear to be LED daytime running lights. There are also larger two-tone wheels, plus silver door mirrors not unlike what you’d see on an Audi S model.

At the rear, Chin gave the Myvi new tail lights that are slimmer than the previous L-shaped items, giving the rump a more cohesive look. A larger rear spoiler, a full-width third brake light and a small diffuser under the rear number plate recess complete the look.

Although a more potent Myvi sounds mighty tempting, it’s unlikely that Perodua will actually offer such a thing. The company hasn’t built anything more powerful than the 1.5 models already on sale, and the market for small hot hatches is tepid at best.

Also, these pocket rockets are best enjoyed with a manual transmission, and the company’s row-your-own ‘boxes aren’t exactly the best in the business in terms of shift feel – even though our man Danny Tan says that the new Myvi’s is better than previous efforts.

To recap, the new third-generation Myvi has been designed completely in house featuring greater sophistication, equipment levels and safety. Longer, wider but lower than before, it gets items such as standard-fit LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start and stability control, as well as an integrated Touch ‘n Go reader, up to six airbags and autonomous emergency braking.

Power comes from new 1.3 and 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engines from the Toyota NR family. The smaller 1NR-VE is the same engine found on the Bezza, and it makes 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The larger 2NR-VE, on the other hand, has been lifted from the Toyota Vios, and it produces 102 hp at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed auto is on offer.

What do you think of the new look? Sound off in the comments after the jump. You can also read our comprehensive launch report as well as our first impressions review.

GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance