With the introduction of the new Perodua Myvi in November, the Alza is now the oldest model in the national carmaker’s stable – having first debuted late in 2009, it predates the previous-generation Myvi. The seven-seater MPV was facelifted once in 2014, but news of a replacement or even another update of the current model has been pretty much non-existent since then.

Now, finally, there’s some word on an upcoming refresh. Responding to a question by the media during a press conference after Perodua’s first half performance announcement, Perodua Sales managing director Datuk Zahari Husin said that while he cannot disclose details about a replacement, the current Alza will receive improvements beforehand.

“We know our Alza is the oldest [in the lineup], but demand is still very good, still according to our plan. When we are going to replace Alza, at this moment we want to keep it as a secret, but definitely some improvements are on the way. When we are going to introduce the improved Alza, you will know soon. We need to continue to create excitement for the Alza, there will be some cosmetic [updates],” he said.

No other details have been revealed, but we expect the Alza to get a new 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine from the Myvi – in the hatchback, it makes 102 hp and 136 Nm of torque – as well as convenience features such as keyless entry and push-button start. These updates would be similar to those given last year to the entry-level Axia, which also received a new engine.

Don’t hold your breath for any new safety features like stability control, however, as Perodua has already confirmed that the Alza was not designed for the inclusion of the electronic safety net.