We’re reporting to you live from the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS), where Perodua is teasing an all-new mystery model that is currently hidden away inside what is essentially a big box. Aside from the tagline on said box that reads “something exciting is coming soon,” Perodua refers to its new creation as a new “sport utilitymobile.”

Fortunately, we do get to see glimpses of the model through a few carefully drilled holes and partially transparent fabric, giving us some idea what it might be. Based on our observations, we can speculate that this will be Perodua’s upcoming SUV codenamed D38L.

Looking at the details, the Perodua SUV appears to be based on the latest Toyota Rush, although we expect some design revisions (bumpers, grille, wheels, etc.) to differentiate them. As far as we can tell, the look of the SUV’s headlamps, taillights and side mirrors are all almost identical to what you’ll find on the Rush.

As the top half of the car is completely covered off, it’s impossible to get a good look at the interior of the model. However, going on the premise that the Perodua SUV is indeed Rush-based, we should expect seating for up to seven. Like the exterior, the cabin should be similar to the Rush, which curiously already comes with Perodua-esque touches like the handbag hook, driver seat USB charging port and others.

As for what’s under the bonnet, a strong likelihood is a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with Dual VVT-i, which is found in the Rush, Avanza and the Myvi. Output figures for the mill are 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm on the Rush, with drive going to the rear wheels via a four-speed torque converter automatic. 

With this teaser, it’s clear that the Perodua SUV will not be launched at KLIMS, reinforcing what was mentioned during our interview with Perodua Sales managing director Datuk Dr Zahari Husin in June. A 2019 launch debut is a lot more likely at this point, but stay tuned for further updates. For now, what are your thoughts on the Perodua SUV?

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