Perodua has launched the facelifted Axia at the ongoing Colombo Motor Show in Sri Lanka, just two months after the entry-level hatchback made its debut over here. This time around, the car is being sold in the island nation in the SUV-style, um, Style variant, priced at 3.895 million rupees (RM88,800). Distributor Unimo Enterprises is expected to begin deliveries early next year.

“As Sri Lanka is the Perodua brand’s biggest overseas market and one that has always been accepting of the Axia, with some 3,000 units sold since 2015, it is fitting as the new Perodua Axia Style’s first export destination,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

The Style adds a few aesthetic flourishes compared to the rest of the Axia range, such as unique front and rear bumpers – the former receiving a large hexagonal grille with a fake carbon fibre finish. It also gets black plastic body cladding all around, silver front and rear skid plates, roof rails, clear tail light lenses and unique fabric upholstery. It also has a taller ride height as it sits on larger 15-inch alloy wheels.

Other new features for the Sri Lankan market include a Sunrise Orange colour option, keyless entry, push-button start and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

“SUVs and crossovers are enjoying a big rise globally and we foresee the same trend taking hold in Sri Lanka,” said Unimo Enterprises CEO and executive director Mahesh Gunathilake. “The new Perodua Axia Style offers the active and trendy looks of a crossover in a compact, fuel-efficient, dependable and value-for-money package that we believe will strike a chord with Sri Lankans.”

Perodua has exported over 80,000 vehicles so far, with Unimo Enterprises selling nearly 16,000 Perodua models since 1997. The national carmaker says that it aims to export 3,270 cars this year, which would constitute a 50% jump compared to last year’s 2,184 units.