Bezza 2023

  • All-new Perodua Bezza sedan based on 2023 Axia

    While Perodua has categorically denied that it will introduce an all-new Bezza this year, undoubtedly many are curious as to how a second-generation version of the hugely popular sedan model will look like, especially now that we’ve seen the 2023 Axia. Well, here’s Theophilus Chin‘s take on an Axia-based new Bezza sedan.

    Adding a boot to the D74A Axia does produce a sedan with an awkward profile – the short and high bonnet necessitating an equally stubby and tall rear end. But then again, the current Bezza doesn’t have the prettiest silhouette either now, does it? At the very least, I can say that the taillight treatment as depicted here looks rather attractive.

    The front end is left largely untouched here, matching the Axia hatchback. Chin, however, did decide to give the front grille a slightly different insert to match the Alza MPV. It needs to be mentioned though that the actual second-generation Bezza will likely have a completely different face to the Axia, as seen on the first gen model.

    With 2023 out of the question, we’re looking at next year as the earliest time possible for an all-new Bezza sedan, and even that is not confirmed yet. Rumours have it that Perodua is currently working on the Nexis D66B small SUV for 2024, which if true, would push the next-gen Bezza way back to 2025 on P2’s one-FMC-per-year launch cycle.

    Whatever the case, what do you think of these Axia-based Bezza sedan renders? Comment below!

  • No new Perodua Bezza in 2023 – only one full model change per year, and that’s the Axia, CEO confirms

    It’s strange that there’s even talk about a new Perodua Bezza when the company’s next all-new product – the 2023 Perodua Axia D74A – isn’t even out yet, and the current compact sedan has a waiting list that goes up to a year. But there’s chatter originating from research analysts.

    It sounds improbable for a company working overtime to fulfil outstanding orders. Also, Perodua president and CEO Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Ahmad had previously said that the carmaker has the capacity to roll out one full model change (FMC, all-new generation) and two minor change models (MC, facelifts) per year. When asked at today’s 2023 outlook event if that’s still the case, he said yes.

    “Still valid. Our current capability is one FMC and two MC (per year). Because of Covid-19 – 2019, 2020, 2021 – it was disrupted. Last year was our recovery, this year we’ll go back to pre-pandemic levels in terms of capacity,” the P2 chief declared.

    There you go, no new Bezza this year, but the next-generation Axia is now open for booking and the launch is just around the corner – full official details here.

  • New Perodua Bezza sedan model coming in 2023?

    Well, here’s an interesting bit of hearsay. If that in a research note by an investment bank is to be believed, Perodua is said to be working towards introducing a new sedan this year. According to the RHB Investment Bank report, the model is understood to be a next-gen replacement for the current D63D Bezza, which was launched in 2016 and facelifted in 2020.

    Sounds intriguing, but let’s look at how real the suggestion could be. We do know that the national carmaker is due to launch a new full model change (FMC) vehicle this year, and everything so far points to the all-new Axia, with the D74A said to be set for a mid-February Malaysian launch.

    This timeline has been reinforced with word from the sales network that dealers are rushing to clear existing Axia stocks, and that no new units would be coming from the factory this month.

    Given P2’s usual introduction strategy of launching one FMC and one facelift per year, the likely scenario for 2023 should be the debut of the Axia and the arrival of a facelift, likely that for the Aruz, which is the oldest model in the automaker’s range.

    A new Bezza, if it follows the trend adopted for the current model, which is a sedan based on the Axia, should take some time to come about. If you follow the normal cycle, that should be sometime next year, which is a year behind the Axia.

    Unless, of course, the new Perodua sedan development is already more advanced than we thought, working along the lines of a Perodua version of the fourth-gen Toyota Vios. Earlier this month, Daihatsu filed patent images of an unnamed sedan, which bears a striking resemblance to the Vios, with Indonesia’s Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP). It was rumoured Perodua had a hand in developing the Vios, so this theory might hold some water.

    If an all-new Bezza does appear this year, it will likely be made under the basis of a price increase. Going into 2023, the automaker said it would maintain prices of its models, but a completely fresh model would allow it the ability to redefine pricing.

    However, there’s still a long wait list for the Bezza, with high demand from buyers for use as taxis and Grab vehicles, so bringing about a new – and potentially more expensive – car won’t exactly be an easy, straight up affair. As of January 11, the waiting period for a Bezza 1.0 G automatic – for orders made up to December 2022 – could stretch as long as 7.5 months, the shortest being for the 1.0 G manual, at 6.5 months.


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Last Updated 23 Mar 2023