Perodua has officially introduced the 2018 Alza facelift, the debut of the seven-seater not unexpected following its reveal in the company’s Merdeka greeting and through a brochure leak a couple of days ago.

The compact MPV is available is Standard (MT), Standard (AT), SE (AT) and Advance (AT) variant forms. All are powered by the familiar 1.5 litre 3SZ-VE DVVT engine connected to a five-speed manual transmission on the Standard MT and a four-speed automatic transmission on all other variants.

New to all Alza variants are redesigned instrument panel graphics, a new-look centre cluster and a two-motion remote control key (press once to unlock driver’s door, double-press to unlock all doors).

Externally, only the SE and Advance variants get a new look, and this comes courtesy of a new front bumper with a larger lower intake – which repositions the fog lamps – and front parking sensors as well as a new twin-bar front grille and new two-tone side skirts. At the back, there’s a new, sportier-looking rear bumper with slimmer fins for the diffuser and a revised tailgate garnish.

2018 Perodua Alza SE.

Also part of the exterior updates is a new finish for the 15-inch alloy wheels on the SE and Advance, in titanium (the S variant retains a silver finish). Elsewhere, a new shade has been included in the body colour palette – Granite Grey, which is exclusive to SE and Advance variants, joins Electric Blue, Mystical Purple, Glittering Silver and Ivory White on the list.

Inside, improvements have been made to the air-conditioning – the flow to the third row is now better thanks to new fixed fins between the front centre air vents, an improved evaporator and enhanced heat-exchange piping. Standard kit on all variants include front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, solar and security window film and reverse sensors.

In terms of updates, the Standard and SE variants get a new audio system with USB and Bluetooth functionality, while the Advance variant gets dressed with new-design leather seats and also features a roof-mounted monitor and an Android-based touch-screen multimedia system with Smart Link, Bluetooth, navigation and reverse camera functions.

On the safety front, the four-star ASEAN NCAP safety rated Alza still features dual front airbags and Isofix child seat points in the middle row. Previously reserved for the SE and Advance models, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and brake assist has been made standard across the range.

The 2018 Perodua Alza facelift range is priced at:

  • Alza Standard (MT) – RM51,490
  • Alza Standard (AT) – RM54,290
  • Alza SE (AT) – RM56,890
  • Alza Advance (AT) – RM62,690

All prices are on-the-road without insurance, and the Alza comes with a five-year/150,000 km warranty, whichever comes first.

The automaker has also for the first time introduced a range of unique GearUp accessories for the Alza, and items include exterior cosmetic add-ons, quilted seat covers and sun shades. The order books are now open for the 2018 Perodua Alza, which will hit showrooms nationwide in stages beginning September 6.

GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Alza facelift, S and SE variants, GearUp accessories

GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Alza facelift, Advance variant