Perodua’s pre-launch campaign for its upcoming new SUV is in full swing now. The carmaker brought its new model to the recent KL International Motor Show (albeit hidden in a box), and proceeded to release teasers on social media.

So far, we’ve seen three parts of online teaser images highlighting space, safety and efficiency, respectively. Each of those also gave us a view of the seven-seater SUV – side profile, front view and rear end. Missed it or need a recap? This latest video released by P2 combines the three teasers into one.

The first teaser focused on space, and the highlighted points were the car’s seven-seat capacity and “flexible seating arrangements”. The second part talked about safety, and had the spotlight on the available six airbags and the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0, which is an upgraded version of the Myvi’s ASA.

Besides the addition of pedestrian detection capabilities, ASA 2.0 should also have a wider speed range – up to 80 km/h (from 30 km/h), pedestrian detection/braking up to 50 km/h – as seen on the Toyota Rush’s Pre-Collision System.

The third teaser saw Perodua highlight the SUV’s Dual VVT-i Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) engine, its best-in-class 15.6 km/l fuel economy and Eco Idle. The latter is the auto start-stop function available in the Bezza and Myvi. The Dual VVT-i engine in question should be the Myvi’s 2NR unit, which also powers the Toyota Rush. Toyota claims an identical 15.6 km/l figure for the D38L’s sister car.

In all the teasers, Perodua says that the D38L is “petrol subsidy friendly” with a 1.5L engine. This will be true if the proposed 1.5 litre engine cap for targeted fuel subsidies, as mentioned in Budget 2019, is confirmed by the government.

Perhaps more exciting than the details were the glimpses of the car itself. Not much to observe with the side profile, other than the confirmation that the body is similar to the Rush.

The front is where the action is, where the differentiation from the Rush is. The bonnet with two prominent humps (please don’t call them power domes) are similar, as are the general shape of the LED headlamps and grille. While it’s clear that P2’s NSU and the Rush are related, there are details that 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).

The rear end, with its wrap-around tail lamp clusters and closely spaced double LED strips, is similar to the Rush. We can’t see the lower bumper clearly, but it appears that the Perodua won’t feature the Malaysian Rush’s chunky lower body add-ons, branded “R-Blade Design” by UMW Toyota to differentiate it from the cheaper car.

Yup, there should be no bigger differentiator between the two than price, since both Toyota and Perodua SUVs share technical bits and bodies, and they don’t look worlds apart despite P2’s unique face. It’s safe to assume that “Perodua’s Rush” will be priced a fair bit lower than Toyota’s, which is pegged at RM93k to RM98k (est). The Honda BR-V is a similar type of car, priced from RM81k to RM88k.

What do you think of a RM70+k price tag for the top spec Perodua D38L with LED headlamps and ASA 2.0?

GALLERY: Perodua SUV teaser at KLIMS 2018


GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Rush 1.5S