No slew of exploratory concepts from Daihatsu at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) this year to accompany the customary cute Tokyo showcars, just special editions of Astra Daihatsu’s core range. Of the latter, one model stands out, because it’s not made in Indonesia, but an import from Malaysia.

Of course, we’re talking about none other than the Daihatsu Sirion, which is basically a rebadged Perodua Myvi. This isn’t a new arrangement between the two companies under Daihatsu’s umbrella – the previous generation Myvi was also sold here as a Sirion.

However, unlike in Malaysia, the Sirion isn’t a mass market model here, where it’s a more premium choice compared to A-segment Low Cost Green Cars hatchbacks (Brio, Agya, Ayla) and Low MPVs (Avanza, Xpander, Ertiga, Mobilio).

Launched here in February, the Sirion is available only with the 1NR-VE 1.3 litre engine, paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Just one trim level too, priced at Rp 182.5 juta (RM51,384) for the MT or Rp 193.5 juta (RM54,484) for the AT. Naturally, that’s costlier than the Myvi 1.3L, which was priced from RM44,300 to RM48,300 before GST 0% kicked in.

The Indonesian Sirion has the appearance of the Myvi 1.5L as it has the latter’s two-tone 15-inch wheels and 2-DIN touchscreen head unit, but is otherwise largely similar to the Myvi 1.3 Premium X in kit count.

This means that the Sirion comes with LED headlamps, fog lamps, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and push start, leather-wrapped steering with audio/phone controls and rear seats with adjustable headrests, among other things.

The new Myvi’s unique homegrown features – digital air-con controls with two memory settings and USB charger on the side of the driver’s seat – are present. There are three D badges on the car – front, rear and steering wheel.

Safety wise, the new Sirion comes with ABS, EBD, VSC, rear seatbelt reminders and four airbags (dual front and side). The engine is the 1NR-VE 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i unit with 95 PS and 121 Nm, but it doesn’t come with our Myvi 1.3 Premium X’s eco-idle auto start-stop system. That’s a big jump from the previous Sirion, kit wise, even if it doesn’t reach the Myvi’s price-equipment ratio.

Strangely, we haven’t seen many D-badge swapped Myvis in Malaysia.