VIDEO: 2021 Perodua Aruz – seven-seater gets new Passion Red colour, side steps, auto door locking

Perodua officially rolled out the 2021 Aruz earlier this month. The market leader’s largest vehicle comes with a new colour as well as a small bump in features, but prices are unchanged. With the current sales tax exemption, the Aruz X is priced at RM68,526 on the road without insurance, while the AV goes for RM73,226.

That eye-catching new colour is Passion Red, which is exclusive to the AV variant. The four other colours are Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver and Ivory White (the latter is solid). The previous hero colour for the Aruz, Amazon Green, was discontinued late last year.

On to the new kit, one of which is for the exterior and the other is unseen. The obvious one are the side steps, which are standard on all variants. The black items integrate well with the Aruz’s SUV-style body cladding, and there’s an Aruz badge at the rear section.

The unseen new function is automatic door-locking, which kicks in above 20 km/h. The thing about auto door lock is that the system must also auto unlock in the event of an accident, and that applies here, on both the X and AV. Both the new items are practical for a family car, as illustrated by the video above.

The 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine is unchanged, offering 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and 133 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The Dual VVT-i unit sends drive to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission, and claimed fuel consumption is 15.6 km/l (6.4 litres per 100 km) with the Eco Idle system.

Perodua launched the Ativa in March, and the spotlight is firmly on that SUV, which is much more advanced than the Aruz, but also much smaller than this seven-seater. They may have overlapping prices, but the Ativa and Aruz are for very different customers.

If you don’t need the space, the Ativa is a better car, but if your lifestyle requires an extra row of seats, or the cargo room when the seats are folded, the Aruz is for you. “When you need the perfect fit, and every inch matters” or “when all seven seats are required for the journey,” the video reminds.

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  • New colour is also a thing ar? Btw the auto lock has been with my Kelisa nearly 2 decades ago.

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  • tkhengong on May 20, 2021 at 11:18 am

    With more and more choices in the SUV segment available, Perodua seemed like losing its plot. No Android Auto/Apple Car Play. New colours, side steps and an ARUZ badging with a price bump and they are going hoo-ha over it.

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    • KingKong on May 20, 2021 at 11:41 am

      Got AEB is better, cannot retrofit at low cost, very expensive calibration.

      Multimedia old tech TV can retrofit, otherwise smartphone is more powerful than Android auto/Apple car play

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      • That AEB is neutered AEB as any obstruction to the camera ie dirty windscreen will affect cam performance and the car ability to brake. The worst is no low speed follow as it don’t have Lidar for backup unlike the more complete AEB on proton X50 & X70.

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  • Cannot sell so need to do yearly refresh, alahai P2…

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  • Darto on May 20, 2021 at 11:53 am

    shell out more and by an Xpander.

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  • eugene liew on May 20, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    seriously need to add a turbo (light pressure turbo like th eone in Exora will do the job well) to the 1.5cc engine. steering need telescopic function. also need to widen the width of the car to be on par with “Expander” than this car can challenge BRV & Expander.

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  • Proton x30 on May 20, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Aruz is actually a more practical car than Ativa. But nowadays people buying car not just for work travel, driving pleasures are quite important too. When boring, even aunty also sometimes laps their car too inside taman while going out beli sayur.

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    • Ativa is basically for people who wants a taller Myvi.

      Anyway, at these price range, driving pleasure is probably way down the priority list. Even comfort is already sacrificed to barely adequate. I am of below average height and even I notice the large gap between the edge of the rear seat and behind my knees. Definitely won’t be able to sit properly without keeping some weight on my feet.

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  • fuhhh…got auto door lock function yooo…so hightech…i will book 1 !!!!!

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  • truth on May 20, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    no matter what its still a buruk-dua perodua, which produces substandard cars, poor service and lousy image

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  • Amran on May 20, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    The best 7 seater suv

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