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Perodua has released the second teaser of its upcoming new SUV, codenamed D38L and referred to internally as the NSU (New Sport Utilitymobile). The first one showed the SUV’s silhouette – which matches the Toyota Rush – and revealed its identity as a three-row seven-seater vehicle.

While the first teaser focused on size and space, this one zooms in on safety. “Your family’s safety comes first. What is coming will elevate their safety further,” the social media caption reads.

Following the precedent set by the Myvi, the upcoming Perodua SUV will also feature six airbags and the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite of safety features, but here, the latter is an upgraded ASA 2.0 with additional pedestrian detection.

The recently released Toyota Rush, which is a sister car of the Perodua SUV, has what Toyota brands Pre-Collision System. PCS is an improved version of the Myvi’s ASA with a working range up to 80 km/h (from 30 km/h) and pedestrian detection/braking up to 50 km/h. The ASA 2.0 mentioned here should carry the same software upgrades.

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This time, Perodua is showing us the upper part of the NSU’s front end, which reveals similarities and differences with the Rush. The bonnet with two prominent humps (let’s not call them power domes here) are similar, as are the general shape of the LED headlamps and grille. That makes it clear that both cars are related, but the details set both apart.

The Perodua grille has one extra slat (five vs four, including top border) and the third bar acts as the signature “wings” to the Perodua badge. Neatly, the chrome bar (it’s lighter than the other slats) bridges the LED daytime running lights with the same thickness. Now that we’re there, upon closer inspection, the DRLs aren’t the same as Toyota’s – here, it’s a double dash versus the single stroke of the Rush, which points upwards into the body.

We see hints that the lower bumper is a unique Perodua item, too. There are faint “whiskers” on the space between the headlamps and lower intakes; this is not present on the Rush, which also comes with chunky lower body add-ons in Malaysia. The P2 SUV’s face is also different from that of the Indonesian market Daihatsu Terios, which is closer to the Rush in appearance. The Terios’ grille is very heavy on chrome and has the same slat count as the Rush (four).

From L-R: Toyota Rush in Malaysia, Indonesian market Daihatsu Terios

In the ad, Perodua says that the D38L is “petrol subsidy friendly” with a 1.5L engine (that’s if the proposed 1.5 litre engine cap for targeted fuel subsidies is confirmed by the government). The Rush comes with the Myvi’s 2NR Dual VVT-i engine and we’re expecting this car to carry the same powerplant as well. Toyota claims fuel economy of 15.6 km/l, which qualifies the seven-seater as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).

It’s 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.

There are two ways to view a possible RM70+k price tag for the P2 SUV – a seemingly popular one is that you can “top up a few k” for a Honda (despite the fact that the Perodua is subjectively better looking and will come with more kit, including ASA 2.0), but how about the same car as the Rush, with almost identical kit, for RM20k less? What say you?


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