If you’re among those who think that the Perodua Aruz is too big or long to drive comfortably on the daily, well, maybe a smaller five-seater version could tickle your fancy. Hard to imagine a smaller Aruz, right?

Not quite, it seems, thanks to this set of renderings by Theophilus Chin. Essentially, the bright yellow Aruz gets a significantly shorter rear overhang, harking back to the good old days of the Kembara, minus the iconic tailgate-mounted spare tyre of course.

The shorter proportions look surprisingly decent as well, and this version of the Aruz wears a revised front bumper with larger fog lamps housing that’s complemented by a slimmer radiator grille. At the back, the blacked out tailgate garnish is replaced with a body-coloured finish, rounder tail lights and a new bumper with integrated reflectors and grey diffuser.

With less metal, the body-on-frame SUV would weigh less, which translates to a better power-to-weight ratio. Currently, the Aruz is powered by the 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit that develops 101 hp at 6,000 rpm and 133 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Now, why would anyone want a shorter Aruz? Well, some people may be put off by its sheer length, so a shorter model could make sense, especially for those who want SUV looks and practicality. Back in the day, the Perodua Kembara – despite having a smaller 1.3 litre engine with a 4×4 system – was a massive sales success, and was priced between RM50k to RM60k.

At last year’s Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show, P2 also displayed a concept car that had the looks of a compact crossover (as seen in the video below), which suggests that the automaker could be looking to introduce a smaller SUV to its current line-up. Thoughts?