The Perodua Aruz SUV is open for booking nationwide, and the company has now officially announced the prices. Two variants of the seven-seater are available, and they are priced at RM72,200 for the 1.5 X and RM77,200 for the 1.5 Advance (AV). Prices are for Peninsular Malaysia and on-the-road excluding insurance. The factory warranty is for five years or 150,000 km.

The tentative Perodua Aruz prices put the new model around RM20k lower than its Toyota Rush sister car (RM93k to RM98k est), which is significant, while undercutting the less well-equipped Honda BR-V, which is priced from RM81k to RM88k.

Standard equipment for the Aruz includes LED headlamps with follow-me-home function, 17-inch two-tone alloys, second-row air-con vents, keyless entry and push start, Myvi-style built-in Touch n Go reader and a touch-screen head unit with reverse camera. Of course, P2’s own anti-snatch bag hook and fold-away utility hooks on the front seatbacks are present, along with the two memory settings for the digital air-con panel, as seen on the Myvi.

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The five-star ASEAN NCAP rated car comes with six airbags, VSC, Hill Start Assist and Isofix child seat mounts across the range. The three-row SUV gets a 60:40 split fold second row while the third row is split 50:50. Both rows can slide, fold and tumble. There are charging ports for all rows.

The high-spec Aruz AV adds on auto on/off for the LED headlamps, front fog lamps, roof rails, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with phone buttons, and a digital video recorder (dashcam). The audio system adds on HDMI, Smart Link, Bluetooth and navigation functions.

Only the AV gets the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite of driver assistance safety features. It’s similar to the ASA in the Myvi Advance (Pre-Collision Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control), but with upgraded software for additional functions and range.

ASA 2.0 adds pedestrian detection (up to 50 km/h) and increases the operational speeds of Pre-Collision Warning to 100 km/h and Pre-Collision Braking to 80 km/h (from 30 km/h). ASA 2.0 is similar in spec as the Toyota Rush’s Pre-Collision System.

The P2 SUV is powered by a Dual VVT-i Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) engine, with Eco Idle (auto start-stop) and 15.6 km/l fuel economy. The engine in question is the Myvi’s 2NR 1.5 litre unit, which also powers the Toyota Rush. Toyota claims an identical 15.6 km/l figure for the Aruz’s twin, which comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox channeling drive to the rear axle.

“The Perodua Aruz is our fourth transformation model, setting new standards for us in quality, space, fuel efficiency and safety – the latter bolstered by a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating. With these qualities and more, the Aruz is among the best-value SUVs in Malaysia,” said Perodua’s new president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad, who added that the sales target for the Aruz is 2,500 units per month.

The Perodua Aruz is available in five colours – Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver, Ivory White and Amazon Green. The latter is a new colour for Perodua while white is the sole solid hue in the all-metallic palette. Lastly, there’s a Gear Up accessories package for the Aruz as well – the Utility package includes door visors, a luggage tray and coil mats for RM450, which is RM50 cheaper than if the items are purchase separately.

Once again, RM72,200 for the Aruz X and RM77,200 for the Aruz AV – what do you think?

For further reading on the Perodua Aruz:

GALLERY: Perodua SUV teaser at KLIMS 2018


GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Rush 1.5S

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