GALLERY: 2021 Perodua Aruz in Malaysia – new side steps, auto door lock and colour; from RM69k-RM73k

GALLERY: 2021 Perodua Aruz in Malaysia – new side steps, auto door lock and colour; from RM69k-RM73k

The Perodua Aruz was given a slight update earlier this year, with both the X and AV variants receiving some new features. We’re now bringing you a gallery of the revised seven-seat SUV in its range-topping AV guise so you can have a better look at what’s been added.

First up, the Aruz now comes standard with integrated side steps underneath the doors to make entry and exit easier – these also have Aruz badging on them. Another new addition is an automatic door-locking function that is activated when the vehicle travels over 20 km/h, but the doors will also automatically unlock in the event of an accident.

This particular Aruz is also wearing a new Passion Red metallic finish, which replaces the previous hero colour Amazon Green, although this is exclusive to the top-spec AV. The four other existing colours remain on offer – Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver, and Ivory White (solid paint).

Beyond these changes for the 2021 model year, the Aruz remains unchanged from before, with both variants continuing to feature a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-i. The engine is rated at 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and 133 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, sending drive to the rear wheels via a four-speed 4E-AT automatic transmission.

In terms of equipment, both variants share 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, LED taillights, keyless entry and engine start, a built-in toll reader, manual air-conditioning with digital controls and rear vents, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, six speakers, six airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, VSC, traction control, hill start assist, a reverse camera as well as solar and security window film.

The AV gets extra items like an automatic function for the headlamps, roof rails, SmartLink smartphone mirroring, leather upholstery (the X gets fabric), a driving video recorder (dashcam) and Advance Safety Assist 2.0 (ASA 2.0) systems (Pre-collision Warning, Pre-collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control).

Even with the few new additions, pricing for the Aruz remains unchanged, with the base X retailing for RM68,526, while the AV goes for RM73,226 – a five-year, 150,000-km warranty is standard. These are on-the-road prices without insurance and factors in the ongoing sales tax exemption that ends on June 30, 2022.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Merah Jambu on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Very good upgrade from Alza.

    6 airbags.
    hill start assist,
    reverse camera
    solar and security window film
    LED front, LED rear
    Integrated side steps
    Inclinable 3 rows of seats

    Best value below RM110k 7 seats
    Balance money go Travel.

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  • Sohai on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:55 am

    This is good one mrLye. Malaysia visionary of Malaysia as Asean Auto Hub under NAP to be a role model of comprehensive infrastructure, quality automotive & green policy, is to showcase Nov’2021 we just have the auto door lock function installed.

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  • Sohai on Nov 17, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Good showcase Malaysian NAP that nov2021 just have dour autolock function. And everyday we going to work or return from work we still seeing the WW2 lorry busses still on the road pumping out autopsy black smokes like nobody business no rules & regulation and no policy.

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  • Auto door lock isn’t ‘new’ even Wajas had auto door locking just that it was once Gomen policy for cars not to lock itself for safety reasons. P2 should stop recycling old technology and boast like it being new.

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  • Susukotak on Nov 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Siapa tipu
    Masa brv keluar, tiada fungsi auto lock. SA kata regulation kata tak boleh.
    Sekarang, Aruz keluar dengan auto lock.
    1. Hinda tipu customer
    2. Regulation berubah
    3. Peeodua bakul sampah regulation
    Mohon penjelasan dewan

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    • Jawapan yang betul: 3

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    • Bukan ke sebab dah ade system auto unlock bila berlaku accident,produa buat macam proton sebab tu proton ade auto lock

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  • Change engine.

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  • Useless changes. Still a budget bad handling 7seater SUV.

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  • If the new Alza is truly based on the Veloz/Avanza, then I think it will kind of overlaps Aruz abit, not only with the price range, but also being an MPV/SUV vehicle.

    The old Alza caters to many who like those mini-MPV/station wagon combination, like Stream or Wish. Drives a bit more like a sedan, but still can sit +2 and good for the occasional Ikea trip.

    These cars do not sell well outside of Malaysia nowadays, so there are limited models to rebadge from.

    But I do feel they are still quite popular for Malaysians, as they probably can be made cheaper than an MPV/SUV like the Aruz and more importantly, should drive better with lower center of gravity and not be as underpowered with smaller wheels and lesser weight.

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