The 2018 edition of the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) is just around the corner now, opening to the public on November 23 to December 2. As the Malaysian auto market leader, Perodua is sure to be there, and the company’s booth theme is “Illumination”.

Perodua has just opened registration of interest on its social media pages, and the caption reveals that there will be a concept car displayed at the show. “Let’s get ready for the premiere of our concept car, technology innovations and more! See you at Perodua’s Illumination booth!” it reads.

Now, it has been widely speculated that Perodua is readying a new model, but the rumoured seven-seater SUV is unlikely to be launched at KLIMS, according to Perodua Sales MD Datuk Dr Zahari Husin himself. However, it would be strange if the company did not make use of a big public event to preview the new model, which is likely to debut early next year.

Perodua displayed the GMA Space and Buddyz concepts at the previous KLIMS

The concept car in question could either be a nearly finished version of the upcoming new model or something else altogether – something more exploratory and worthy of the concept car tag. We’re guessing the latter due to the fact that the rumoured new SUV would have been finalised by now.

Previous teasers from P2 in concept car form include the Perodua GMA Space Concept (KLIMS 2013, turned out to be an accurate preview of the Axia’s cabin), the Perodua Buddyz Concept (also KLIMS 2013, looks like an early Bezza idea), and the Perodua Concept X from 2017, which could yet be an early preview of the new SUV.

In any case, there will be no shortage of interesting metal (and/or clay) at Perodua’s KLIMS 2018 booth.

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