With the launch of the new Myvi, Perodua has a full, nearly up-to-date range of cars, with its oldest model being the eight-year-old Alza MPV. This leaves the national carmaker free to explore other segments of the market, and with the SUV boom still unabated, a crossover is likely to be the company’s next product – it’s already said that it’s seriously considering such a model.

Rendering wizard Theophilus Chin has envisioned a Perodua SUV, based on the DN Trec concept shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. In doing so, he has resurrected the Kembara name not seen since the original (Perodua sold the fully-imported Nautica as a successor, but let’s not go there, shall we?).

Apart from adding the requisite Perodua badges, Chin has also added a larger upper grille opening, proper door handles, more production-friendly tail lights and door mirrors rather than the show car’s cameras. The wheels and tyres have also been swapped out for items you’d more likely see on the road.

If a Perodua crossover does head into production, expect it to feature a unique upper body and interior design compared to a Daihatsu version, following in the footsteps of the Bezza and Myvi before it. Under the bonnet, you’d likely find the 102 hp/136 Nm 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine from the new Myvi, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission.

GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Trec