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Perodua has released newspaper ads and a banner on its website teasing the new SUV that is set to be launched early next year. Repeating the line made at the recent KL International Motor Show (KLIMS) – where the new model was previewed in a box with peep holes – it reads “Something Exciting Is Coming!”

Besides that, the banner points out that the SUV is a seven-seater and has flexible seating arrangement. It’s also “petrol subsidy friendly” – that’s if the 1.5 litre engine cap for targeted fuel subsidies proposed in Budget 2019 is confirmed by the government.

So, now we know that Perodua’s SUV – referred to internally as the NSU (New Sport Utilitymobile), codename D38L – will be powered by a 1.5 litre engine and the silhouette looks similar to the Toyota Rush, which of course comes with the Myvi’s 2NR Dual VVT-i engine. Toyota claims fuel economy of 15.6 km/l, which qualifies the seven-seater as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).

All this points to the Rush and P2’s SUV being twins, much like the Toyota Rush and Daihatsu Terios in Indonesia.

The latest Rush measures 4,435 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,705 mm tall, with a 2,685 mm wheelbase. That makes it 21 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than the Honda BR-V, but 39 mm taller. The wheelbase is 23 mm longer.

The Rush comes with Pre-Collision System, which is an upgraded version of the Myvi’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite of safety features (working range up to 80 km/h from 30 km/h, pedestrian detection and braking up to 50 km/h). We’re expecting the P2 SUV to feature an enhanced ASA, plus a unique face and details.

It’s also safe to assume that “Perodua’s Rush” will be priced lower than Toyota’s, which is pegged at RM93k to RM98k (est). The Honda BR-V’s price range is from RM81k to RM88k.

While the Perodua is bound to look better (subjective, but we think most will agree) and have more kit than the BR-V, going head-to-head with Honda in price is probably a risk Perodua won’t take. So, how does a P-badged Rush for RM70+k sound to you? Register your interest here.

GALLERY: Perodua SUV teaser at KLIMS 2018

GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Rush 1.5S