Now this is unexpected. In a Merdeka greeting posted on its official Facebook page, Perodua has given us our first glimpse of the new Alza facelift. As reported previously, the seven-seat MPV would be given an update before an all-new replacement is introduced.

The attached image shows us the front of the new Alza, which reveals a rather bold fascia. A new bumper is the key change here, one that features a wider lower intake that leads to repositioned fog lamps. These areas are clearly marked out in black, which creates an X-shaped design cue when alongside the car’s main body colour.

Replacing the bumper also results in the fitment of a new grille which is no longer framed by a lower chrome trim piece. Instead, there are now two slats with the Perodua badge residing in the middle, while a small black strip sits between it and the bonnet.

Current Perodua Alza S

In other areas, the car’s headlamps appear to be identical as before, although the inside of the clusters have been darkened to further highlight its components. The same can be said of the wheels, which look like the current ones on the Alza 1.5 Advanced but in a darker shade.

Expect changes to also involve the Alza’s rear as well as its interior, with the latter likely involving new trim and equipment. Under the bonnet, the Alza could adopt the Myvi’s 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine (2NR-VE) that makes 102 hp and 136 Nm of torque in the hatchback.

While the 2NR-VE unit provides the same output as the current Alza’s 1.5 litre DVVT unit (3SZ-VE), it gets the added benefit of Dual VVT-i for better fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions.

GALLERY: Perodua Alza S