Perodua Ativa Hybrid leasing plan confirmed, 300 CBU units for study purposes, RM500 a month, 5 yrs – CEO

Perodua Ativa Hybrid leasing plan confirmed, 300 CBU units for study purposes, RM500 a month, 5 yrs – CEO

Perodua has confirmed the impending introduction of the Perodua Ativa Hybrid in Malaysia, the first time the company has officially acknowledged plans for the hybrid SUV. The rebadged Daihatsu Rocky Hybrid is a CBU import from Japan and only 300 units will be brought in for study and evaluation purposes.

Perodua president and CEO Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Ahmad told that the Ativa Hybrid will be made available via subscription only, which means that it won’t be sold in showrooms like a normal model. He confirmed that the lease programme is a five-year commitment with an upfront payment of RM2,150, followed by a monthly payments of RM500. The mileage cap over the five-year period is 100,000 km.

As this is not a typical and purely commercial lease/subscription programme (Renault is one of the pioneers of this business model locally – more on how car subscription works here), those who sign up will have to agree to having a GPS telematics system fitted in the car. This is so that P2 can study driving and usage patterns. The lessee will also need to submit regular reports to Perodua.

Daihatsu Rocky e:Smart Hybrid (left), Perodua Ativa AV (right)

Zainal added that the monthly commitment fee will include insurance, road tax and maintenance. This means that the temporary guardians of the Ativa Hybrid will only have to fork out the one-time payment upon signing, and the monthly fee, with no other add-ons. This is similar to TC Euro Cars’ Renault plan, but full details for Perodua’s first lease programme will be announced in due course.

Sounds like a good deal? You’ll have to do the math, but the key difference between buying and leasing is that you do not own the car and will have to return it after the agreed tenure is up. This can be a good thing or bad thing, depending on how you see it. Will P2 provide the option for the lessee to purchase the car outright after five years? If yes, this can be like the car equivalent of Maybank’s HouzKEY home financing scheme.

Not every Perodua dealership will be involved in the Ativa Hybrid programme – only those in the Klang Valley and two branches each from Penang and Johor will be included (high traffic areas). As this is P2’s first hybrid model, the outlets involved will also need to take care of the electrified SUV’s servicing needs. Who gets to participate? The company has started to send out feelers via SMS and survey forms, and priority will be given to those already on the regular Ativa waiting list. As to why only 300 units, that’s the max allowed by the authorities for evaluation purposes.

Perodua Ativa Hybrid leasing plan confirmed, 300 CBU units for study purposes, RM500 a month, 5 yrs – CEO

As for the car itself, it’s straightforward. This is a CBU Daihatsu Rocky Hybrid, just with Perodua badging. The front and rear Perodua emblems and the Ativa wordmark are fitted on Malaysia-bound cars in Japan.

Launched in its home market in November 2021, the Rocky e-Smart Hybrid is powered by a 106 PS/170 Nm electric motor combined with a 1.2 litre Atkinson-cycle three-cylinder engine with 82 PS/105 Nm. The WA-VEX NA engine acts as a generator, which means that the Rocky Hybrid works somewhat like a range extender electric vehicle, like Honda’s current e:HEV hybrids.

The JDM Rocky e-Smart Hybrid is very similar to the the ICE-powered Ativa from the outside, save for Rocky-specific bumpers front and rear, 17-inch wheels in a different design and eco tyres. Inside the familiar dashboard, the Daihatsu features its own AC control panel, a blue push start button and an electronic parking brake switch with auto brake hold – the latter recently made its Perodua debut on the Alza AV.

The hybrid also features an available “Smart Pedal” function for one-pedal driving, with regeneration and “engine braking” in place of stepping on the brakes. Claimed fuel consumption is 3.6 litres per 100 km on the WLTP cycle, which is 27.8 km/l. What do you think of this Ativa Hybrid subscription plan? Good value or you’re better of buying the regular turbo model?

GALLERY: Perodua Ativa Hybrid spyshots

GALLERY: JDM Daihatsu Rocky e:Smart Hybrid

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Civic Turbo 2018 on Aug 03, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Probably this eSmart Hybrid system not ready
    Honda’s I-MMD more robust available global
    Motor assisted by engine, driving like EV

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    • Environ on Aug 04, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      1. Toyota Corolla 2.0EV 102g CO²/km 7.5s – 100km/h 1.3 tonne.
      2. Honda HR-V 1.5EV 122g CO²/km 10.6s-100km/h 1.3 tonne.

      Big difference in speed, pollution.
      Fun, Hi-tech with less Fuel.
      European’s better Prius.

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      • Civic Turbo 2018 on Aug 05, 2022 at 2:31 pm

        Slowly dream la… Thailand/Malaysia still gets the 2016 Prius 2ZR-FXE hybrid system. ZR-engine family since 2007 and is not the M20A-FXS (Dynamic Force hybrid) deployed in the US and EU

        Thailand C.Cross 1.8hybrid 23.3km/L

        Thailand HRV 1.5(I-MMD) 25.6km/L

        Toyota seriously need to up-the-game with their “eSmart Hybrid” that is similar to I-MMD (motor primary, engine assist)

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  • Considering a number of car buyers skip regular maintenance, what will be the penalty is owners skips regular maintenance and “regular reports”? Repossession?

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    • Based on information from p2 sales, the contract for this subscription will be terminated and the car need to be returned to p2

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  • William Chew on Aug 04, 2022 at 1:53 am

    How to subscribe to this program

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    • Gahpadu on Aug 04, 2022 at 7:59 am

      Selected customer only

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    • SmartConsumer on Aug 04, 2022 at 8:07 am

      1 million others are asking the same thing too. you won’t get a chance

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      • Lucky300 on Aug 04, 2022 at 11:10 am

        Im 1 of the selected lucky customer. They will send you through mail and WA. But please dont simply bash.

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  • Green on Aug 04, 2022 at 6:19 am

    WLTP 3.6L/100km
    Fuel tank 33L

    The WLTP 1.2EV range 916km
    Good spec of range extender EV,
    Sporty and Fun.

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  • dellen on Aug 04, 2022 at 7:51 am

    this is too conservative and frankly quite insulting to their technical partner toyota who has proven with many generations of hybrid synergy drive that they know how to make super reliable and fuel efficient hybrids

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    • Better on Aug 04, 2022 at 8:26 am

      Rather have different hybrid technology that consumer can choose from, than single toyota technology everywhere.

      Evidently with technology monopoly, it won’t drives the advancement.

      With competitive technology among them, will only strive to be better from each, makes the consumer wins.

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    • I believe this is not only about the reliability of the product. This is also about to educate their after sales service too against new product type since this is their first hybrid vehicle.

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    • Anonymous on Aug 04, 2022 at 8:31 am

      Why is it an insult? People in Malaysia drive differently than in Japan. The city layouts are different, the density is different, different work times, lifestyle, road conditions, speed limits, commute distance, urban/suburban ratios, etc.
      To fine tune the switching drive modes they would need to study the market they’re selling it to.

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    • Jom Global on Aug 04, 2022 at 8:59 am

      The drivetrain right still under Toyota.
      Meanwhile, the 1.2EV also not expanded globally, apart available at Japan Raize and Rocky.
      The production of this 1.2EV also still limited.

      In general, Toyota way of doing base on huge data, it takes them time.
      Finally, they have more partner joint force for rapid growth- Daihatsu, Perodua, Suzuki, Subaru and others too. Toyota supplied FCEV tech to Mercedes Benz, BMW, China FAW, DF, GAC, BAIC, Sino. Battery tech with BYD, Panasonic, etc.

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  • Sohai on Aug 04, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Sounds reasonable for the price. CBU unit somemore. Buy maybe the radio frequncy doesnt work just like those recon cars.

    On the note of study for 5 years, this is what i concern. I hope it doesnt take 5 years for P2 to launch its first hybrid.

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  • no ice on Aug 04, 2022 at 8:29 am

    What will happen to the 300 hybrids (if ever get it all back)?

    Was waiting to get one, but seems Perodua doesn’t care about electrification this year..

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  • newme on Aug 04, 2022 at 9:12 am

    That’s the problem with the Japanese. Need 5 years to study hybrid and leasing plan which both existed for decades now.

    This is how their electronics industry losing to others despite being technologically capable.

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    • Niama on Aug 04, 2022 at 11:43 am

      I think is more for P2 to study.
      The car itself is available in other markets.
      I also dont think this is a study of a leasing plan due to a relatively unrealiatic charges. It is purely technical and whether it fits the lifestyle of local users. The sample will probably focus on user group to collect data, to support a business case for an investment in assembly line retooling.

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  • Aeroheads on Aug 04, 2022 at 9:30 am

    Is a good move by Perodua to showcase and test out the reliability of their hubrid vehicle before selling them. To avoid frequent breakdown issues with come P1 models made from China…

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    • Hmmmm on Aug 04, 2022 at 12:17 pm

      1.Its not their vehicle.
      2.The smart and good move is to test the vehicle before deciding to go for mass production. This is a rebadged vehicle and not a ground up model thus it have undergo testing. If u had to test the vehicle again for five years when its already sold elsewhere then u have super lousy engineers….limited mileage summore.
      3.Before u say anything about our climate, driving conditions, etc…did any other manufacturer did the same for their model? When the Prius first landed at our shore, i dont see Toyota doing any sort of test. Same goes for Honda Insight.

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  • #JazzHybridOwner on Aug 04, 2022 at 9:43 am

    I like hybrids, better still PHEV for Msians as charging facilities is just being studied/ least with an EV only range of 100km; daily work commute alone can save us a lot of moolah.

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  • Bieight8 on Aug 04, 2022 at 9:56 am

    What happens if you totalled the car??

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  • They seriously think people who bought the Ativa are going to be eager to fork out even more money just to lease a different version of basically the same car?

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  • LEONG on Aug 04, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    A very good option to own a hybrid.
    As the battery replacement may be expansive. Its better to lease than buying it.
    To bad the number is very limited.
    No chance to get it as the numbers will be sold out immediately.

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  • Sashi Kumar Shanmugam on Aug 04, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    I love to drive Perodua hybrid

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  • How to subscribe to this Ativa programme?

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  • Just launch it as new variant and cut the craps, national car are crawling like snails, China’s cars are coming fast .

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  • Azuwien Bohari on Aug 06, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    How to order?

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  • rafie ahmad on Oct 01, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    nak booking ativa hybrid

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