Perodua’s upcoming SUV model (codenamed D38L) will be called the Aruz, according to a leaked leaflet that has been circulating around social media. With the leak, we finally have a lot more information about the three-row, seven-seat SUV that is purportedly based on the Toyota Rush.

For starters, two variants of the Aruz will be offered – the X and AV – both with standard equipment such as LED headlamps (AV gains automatic on/off function), 17-inch alloy wheels, second-row air-con vents, keyless entry and start, built-in Touch n Go reader, charging ports for all seat rows, six airbags and a reverse camera.

The AV, as the range-topper, gets additional items over the X, including roof rails, leather upholstery instead of fabric, leather-wrapped steering wheel with telephony controls, a digital video recorder (DVR) and HDMI input.

As teased previously, the Aruz will come with Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite of safety features, which has been upgraded to ASA 2.0 with additional pedestrian detection. However, only the AV variant is fitted with the ASA suite.

Under the bonnet, both variants are powered by a 1.5 litre engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. Though not explicitly stated, this powertrain setup most likely the same one used in the Rush, which employs a 2NR Dual VVT-i unit (103 hp and 136 Nm) that is also found in the Myvi.

While there’s plenty the Aruz shares in common with the Rush, the former gets a unique front end to distinguish itself from the Toyota, with a revised grille and LED daytime running lights being noteworthy cues – the rear end design is similar.

The leaflet also reveals that order books for the Aruz will begin real soon, and that there are five colours to choose from – Amazon Green, Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver and Ivory White. What do you think of the Perodua Aruz? How much do you think the SUV will be priced at?

For further reading on the Perodua Aruz:


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GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Rush 1.5S

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