Perodua debuted the 2018 Alza facelift last week, and the refresh introduces a number of exterior and interior revisions to the seven-seater compact MPV.

Only the SE and Advance variants feature the external remodelling, which is minor – changes at the front are made up of a new front bumper with a larger lower intake, a new twin-bar grille, repositioned fog lamps as well as the inclusion of parking sensors, while the rear features a sportier looking bumper with a redesigned diffuser and new tailgate garnish.

The update also introduces a new titanium finish for the 15-inch alloy wheels as well as a new exterior colour called Granite Grey, again only for the SE and Advance. The latter joins Electric Blue, Mystical Purple, Glittering Silver and Ivory White in the colour line-up.

Standard kit on all four variants (Standard manual and auto, SE and Advance) include front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, solar and security window film and reverse sensors.

No changes to the mechanicals, the Alza retaining the use of a 1.5 litre 3SZ-VE DVVT engine, which is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. Safety kit includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist along with Isofix child seat points in the middle row.

Inside, the Alza gets a new-look centre cluster, redesigned instrument panel graphics and a two-motion remote control key, a single press unlocking the driver’s door and a double-press unlocking all the doors. Air-conditioning efficiency has also been improved, with the flow to the third row now better thanks to new fixed fins between the front centre air vents, an improved evaporator and enhanced heat-exchange piping.

The Standard and SE variants feature a new audio system with USB and Bluetooth functionality, while the Advance now comes with new-design leather seats, a roof-mounted monitor and an Android-based touch-screen multimedia system with Smart Link, Bluetooth, navigation and a reverse camera.

Prices for the 2018 Perodua Alza facelift start from RM51,490 for the Standard MT and RM54,290 for the Standard AT. The SE, meanwhile, goes for RM56,890, while the range-topping Advance is priced at RM62,690, all on-the-road without insurance.

GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Alza facelift, Advance


GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Alza facelift, SE