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As speculated earlier, Perodua has a concept car on display at the KL International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2018 that is not the brand’s upcoming new SUV – that one is a separate display hidden in a box with peep holes. The car you see here is the Perodua X-Concept.

UPDATE: The Perodua X-Concept has been officially unveiled.

It’s not due for reveal yet – that will happen later in the afternoon – but Perodua did partially uncover the X-Concept for transport minister Anthony Loke to have a preview, and we were there to sneak some shots. The assembled media didn’t get to see the car in full, but we get to see how the showcar looks like via brochures held by the VIPs.

The five-door hatchback is roughly the size of today’s Myvi, but appears slightly longer and lower. Of course, it wears typical showcar jewellery such as suicide doors, huge wheels, tiny wing mirrors and flush door handles. It comes in red-black two-tone paint, and the C-pillars are painted white for a floating roof effect. The side profile, which is sculpted and slightly pinched in the middle, reminds us a little of the Nissan Kicks.

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The brochure, which is yet to be released, brands the X-Concept as “The Perodua of Tomorrow” and the promise is of a connected urban car. Does the “X” in the name hint at a compact crossover? According to the brochure, the X stands for stability, dynamism and advanced technology – so no, not an SUV. The front end is something else altogether, with low-set LED headlamps and an elaborate grille. Like what you see?

We also had a glimpse of the interior as it was opened for the VIPs, and the cabin is full of touch panels and screens – the iPad-style centre screen is branded as “Intel Board”. That’s all we can see now – more on the Perodua X-Concept later.

GALLERY: Perodua X-Concept teased at KLIMS 2018

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