Perodua Alza 2022 Archive

  • Perodua Alza production to come to an end after 12 years, with final build of 1,100 units in January 2022

    To say that the current Perodua Alza has been a long-serving model for the automaker would be understating it – having made its debut in November 2009, the B-segment MPV turns 12 this month, an eternity in the current scheme of things. In the time since, the seven-seater has undergone two facelifts, the first in January 2014 and the second in September 2018.

    A replacement is well due, originally said to be coming at the end of 2021. Well, a next-gen Alza is certainly on the cards, but it looks like the new D27A won’t be appearing this year. First, time has to be called on the current Alza, which is still being built.

    That comes in January next year, which is when final production takes place. In a note to dealers that was sighted by this publication, the company said that it will cease manufacture of the current Alza at the end of January, with the model set to be officially phased out from February 2022.

    Planned production numbers for the final three months were also revealed – this month, 2,820 units of the Alza across all variants will be assembled, with 2,283 units being scheduled for December. The final build will consist of 1,100 units in January.

    The company says that the reason for the phasing out of the car in February is due to the switch from Euro 2 to Euro 4 exhaust emission regulations as of January 1, 2022 (the implementation for existing vehicle models was originally targeted by the DOE for Oct 1, 2021).

    However, the automaker said it managed to appeal for production of the Alza to continue until January. Despite the new regulations, sales and registrations of the car will be allowed until stocks are exhausted.

    Given these timelines (and impending third-gen Myvi facelift debut), the reveal of the second-gen Alza looks like it will only happen next year. While nothing has yet been confirmed, the new car is likely to borrow heavily from the 2022 Toyota Avanza playbook. Our earlier D27A render post suggests what the new Alza could possibly look like.

     
     
  • 2022 Perodua Alza D27A rendered based on the new Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia – is it launching soon?

    This year’s biggest rumour is the arrival of the second-generation Perodua Alza. The MPV was tipped to be based on the Daihatsu Multisix concept, which was previewed four years back at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. If you remember, the MPV was on display alongside the DN Trec, which eventually became the production Daihatsu Rocky/Toyota Raize/Perodua Ativa.

    With over a billion ringgit invested into upgrading Perodua’s factories and R&D activities, you can expect that the Ativa won’t be the only DNGA-based product from Malaysia’s top automaker. A vendor also said the new Alza, codename D27A, is expected to surface at the end of this year, which lines up perfectly with the recent unveiling of the 2022 Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia in Indonesia.

    While nothing is confirmed as yet, there is still a lot to get excited about – you may click here for further reading on the benefits of the Daihatsu New Global Architecture. For now, we’ll have Theo to thank for giving us a glimpse into what the new Alza could look like. In the rendering, as per the video below, he used the Xenia as base and slapped on the Ativa’s front fascia.

    Most of the red pinstripes on the Xenia have been removed, save for the most prominent one that goes along the top edge of the fascia. The grille and fog lights have been carried over from the Ativa as well, but Theo went a step further by adding black plastic claddings around the vehicle. Between the Avanza, Xenia and this Alza rendering, which front face do you like the most? Comment below.

    Meanwhile, in the powertrain department, the Avanza and Xenia are now front-wheel driven. Two engine options are available, starting with the familiar 1NR-VE 1.3 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC four-cylinder unit with Dual VVT-i that develops 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. This is only available with a five-speed manual transmission.

    The one that is most likely to be offered with the Alza is the 2NR-VE 1.5 litre lump, which makes 106 PS at 6,000 rpm and 137 Nm at 4,200 rpm. This is paired either with a five-speed manual or Daihatsu’s D-CVT. Sayonara, four-speed auto.

    Another big upgrade that DNGA offers is safety levels. Not only is the platform more structurally rigid, it also enables Toyota Safety Sense, or Perodua Smart Drive Assist (PSDA) to be fitted. This includes a huge array of advanced driving aids which, if offered with the Alza, will make for a truly compelling option against more expensive rivals such as the new Honda BR-V and Mitsubishi Xpander.

    We’re talking Level 2 semi-autonomous driving here, thanks to the ASA 3.0 feature set. This includes Pre-collision Warning (PCW, from 4-120 km/h), Pre-collision Braking (PCB or AEB), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC), Lane Keep Control (LKC), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC, works between 30 to 125 km/h), as well as Lane Departure Warning and Prevention.

    In Indonesia, the Xenia range starts from 190.9 million rupiah (RM55,681) to 209.2 million rupiah (RM61,017). The Avanza costs slightly more, with a starting price of 206.2 million rupiah (RM60,173) to 264.4 million rupiah (RM77,148).

    Again, we’d like to remind you that much of this is not confirmed, but we know that Perodua is scheduled to announce the next-generation Alza by the end of this year. This is the initial timeline and target given by P2 to its suppliers, though things may change in the pandemic era and lockdowns. However, based on its track record, the automaker usually sticks to the masterplan.

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Avanza

    GALLERY: 2022 Daihatsu Xenia

     
     
  • 2022 Toyota Avanza, Veloz launching in Indonesia Nov 10, Daihatsu Xenia Nov 11 – D27A Perodua Alza next?

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    The all-new 2022 Toyota Avanza and its sportier Veloz variant will be making its debut in Indonesia on November 10, Toyota Astra Motor has told local media. Meanwhile, the Avanza’s Daihatsu Xenia twin will be launching a day later, on November 11.

    Both new Low MPVs are expected to meet the public for the first time at the 2021 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), which will open to the press on November 11. The organisers’ original plan was to have the show in August, but better late than never. We’ve covered GIIAS at BSD City live every year since its inception, but that run was halted in 2020 and we’ll have to sit this one out as well. Soon, perhaps.

    Today’s second-generation Avanza has been around for a decade now, having made its debut in Indonesia way back in 2011. In that decade, rivals have come and gone – for instance, the original Honda BR-V debut in 2015, and a new one will be joining the Avanza at GIIAS. Long overdue is understating it.

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    For such a long wait, it’s fair to expect a comprehensive change, and it looks like the Avanza is unrecognisable. We’ve seen shots of the seven-seater Veloz in a showroom last month, but the lead pic above shows a clearer view of the new MPV’s rear in white, taken in Karawang, West Java where it is made.

    The new Avanza sports full-width taillights broken up by the Toyota emblem. A horizontal LED strip is trendy now – as seen on the new Toyota Harrier and Lexus UX SUVs – but we’ll see how much of this is light and how much of it its decorative trim. The Avanza’s tail lamps have always been vertical, so this is a big departure that also highlights the substantial width of the new car.

    Below the sculpted tail lamps are fake vents with a reflector – these remind me of the sideways-T trim on the G20 BMW 3 Series. Elsewhere, there’s a wide skid plate-style trim in silver, Veloz branding on the number plate garnish, and a Q badge denoting the Indonesian trim level.

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    We get a good view of the new Avanza’s sides on the white car, which wears the same two-tone alloys as the showroom unit – they are rather generously sized. Also, the wider angle picture of the white car gives us a better look at the new Avanza’s lines – a sculpted belt line flows from lamp to lamp, in straight fashion “spearing” through the door handles.

    The outlines for the wheel arches are drawn rather high up from the actual arches – no SUV-style black plastic here but there are (possibly mock) roof rails. There’s also a chrome trim that connects the daylight opening to the rear glass, separating the middle section of the body from the D pillars.

    We’ve previously had a look at the new Avanza’s bold face, which is dominated by a large trapezoidal grille. In Veloz form, the grille is filled by a Y-pattern mesh and flanked by slim LED headlights with a DRL strip below. There’s a chrome strip on the top of the grille, which flows into the headlamps and continues on the front wings to the windows. From there, it joins the D-pillar trim mentioned above.

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    The interior is also a big departure, a clean sheet design sporting sharp lines and a high centre console. There’s a big freestanding touchscreen head unit, a new design steering wheel with two spokes of buttons, push start and what looks like ambient lighting strips around the gear lever. Behind said lever is an electronic parking brake switch, on an Avanza! The layout and sharp angles remind me of the Ativa/Rocky/Raize dashboard, but slightly less funky, flatter and rendered in two-tone.

    The shot of the passenger section shows a huge roof-mounted screen, a single pop-out cupholder, USB charging ports and sliding seats. Interestingly, the front seat backs have organising slots above the usual lower pocket. There’s one wide slot (probably good enough for a tablet) and a smaller one that looks perfect for a phone. A simple but handy feature for a family wagon.

    Quantum leap stuff, if you remember how the outgoing Avanza is like. No official details yet, but we’re expecting a radical change under the skin too, specifically a switch to the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) that also underpins the Ativa/Rocky/Raize. If so, the Avanza will be moving from ladder frame to monocoque construction and rear-wheel drive to FWD.

    Perodua was caught testing a funny-looking Avanza with budget MPV rivals in 2019

    Will the Avanza carry on with 1.5L NA power – like the new BR-V and Mitsubishi Xpander – or will it share the 1.0L three-cylinder turbo and 1.2L three-pot NA options from the Indonesian-market Rocky/Raize? What’s certain is that active safety and driver assist features will make its debut on the model, branded as Toyota Safety Sense – note the Perodua-style stereo cameras at the top of the windscreen.

    If you’re wondering what all this has got to do with the Perodua Alza, here’s a recap. Based on the now defunct Daihatsu Boon Luminas a.k.a. Toyota Passo Sette, the current Alza was unique in our region by being based on a JDM model. It’s 12 years old now, and a replacement is due. Merging it with the Toyota/Daihatsu budget MPV for the region – the Avanza/Xenia – makes sense for economies of scale.

    DNGA for the next Alza/Avanza fits nicely into the Perodua picture as well – the Rawang-based carmaker has invested heavily into DNGA production for the Ativa, which will surely not be a one-off, but a start of a new era. Like Daihatsu in Indonesia, Perodua produces certain T-badged models, and the NR engine it manufactures is supplied to Toyota as well. All within the family.

    Artist’s impression of the D27A Perodua Alza – click to enlarge

    As for the timeline, in May, Sapura, a Perodua vendor, said that the new Alza, codenamed D27A, is expected to surface by the end of this year. “We are currently in the development phase of parts awarded for the Alza replacement model (D27A) expected to be launched by end 2021. We have also been awarded the supply of Case Differential Assembly by Akashi Kikai Industry Malaysia, a Tier-1 vendor for Perodua’s transmission module, forecasted for mass production in December 2021,” Sapura said in its 2021 annual report.

    Of course, that might be the initial timeline and the target given by P2 to suppliers, and things might have been delayed due to Covid-19, but we know that the D27A Alza is coming very soon, even if it’s not in 2021. Perodua’s focus now would be on the 2022 Myvi facelift, which has been spotted on a commercial shoot.

    For now, what do you think of the Avanza’s major reboot? Here’s the new second-gen Honda BR-V for comparison.

     
     
  • 2022 Toyota Avanza caught completely undisguised in Indonesia – is this the next-generation Perodua Alza?

    The second-generation Toyota Avanza has been around for nearly a decade now, debuting in Indonesia back in 2011. Ten years in a very long time in automotive circles and it shows – the car looks especially dated now next to shiny new rivals such as the Mitsubishi Xpander. We know that a successor has been in the works for a long time now and it looks like the new model is almost ready for showrooms.

    In fact, the third-generation Avanza has been seen in a showroom in Indonesia, as these images from AutonetMagz show. Clear to see are the radically different exterior and interior designs, giving the segment stalwart a fresh new look.

    The boxy body and long wheelbase mean that this is still a car whose overriding priority is cabin space, but there’s greater embellishment to hide its utilitarian nature. At the front, the Avanza has a hint of RAV4 and Corolla Cross about it thanks to the large trapezoidal grille, flanked here by slim LED headlights and triangular fog light surrounds. A downturned centre air intake sits low down.

    A prominent feature is the chrome strip that starts from the top of the grille and runs through the headlights and along the bonnet and windows before finally terminating at the D-pillars. The wing mirrors have also moved to the door panels, while the chunky wheel arch flares give the car an SUV-like look. The wheels look to be larger in diameter (possibly 17 inches) and feature a handsome two-tone design.

    Moving to the rear, the Avanza sports in-vogue full-width taillights and a decorative skid plate, along with what look like fake vents at the corners of the bumper. The unit you see here is badged the Veloz, meaning that it will likely have slightly different front and rear ends compared to the standard Avanza.

    The interior sees an arguably even bigger redesign, with a much more modern design that consigns the outgoing model’s cheap-looking (and feeling) cabin to the history books. The cleaner dashboard looks much slimmer and is fitted with a more rakish centre console (with silver trim and an ambient lighting strip) and an absolutely massive freestanding infotainment touchscreen, likely the nine-inch unit from the Raize.

    Ahead of the driver sits a hexagonal instrument cluster binnacle (could we see a digital instrument cluster in the Avanza, like the Raize?) and a classy three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. To the left are the trapezoidal centre air vents, the Raize’s dual-knob digital air-conditioning controls, seat belt reminder lights and the engine start button. This particular unit has a two-tone colour scheme, with white panels on the dashboard, centre console and door cards that add to the car’s fresh aesthetic.

    Down on the centre tunnel you’ll find a neat-looking gearlever and, interestingly enough, an electronic parking brake – making it the first regionally-developed Toyota to come with such a system. Move to the second row and you get a giant roof monitor, a single pop-out cupholder, and USB charging ports. There are also what appear to be organising pockets behind the front seats, one of which seems big enough to house a tablet.

    Although Toyota has understandably kept mum on the details, we do expect the new Avanza to ride on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) that also underpins the Raize and Toyota Rocky (and, by extension, the Perodua Ativa). This means that the car will likely switch from a ladder frame to a monocoque construction – and thus, move from a rear-wheel-drive layout to a front-drive one.

    Crucially, this will allow the more car-like Perodua Alza to become a close sibling of the Toyota (and Daihatsu’s version, the Xenia). The national MPV is currently based on the Japanese-market Daihatsu Boon Luminas and Passo Sette, both of which have long been discontinued. The new Alza is rumoured to be launched in Malaysia at the end of the year.

    Expect the cars to be powered by the same engines as the Raize, Rocky and Ativa – a 98 PS/140 Nm 1.0 litre turbocharged three cylinder and a naturally-aspirated 88 PS/113 Nm 1.2 litre unit (likely exclusive to the Indonesian market), paired to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. The Avanza could also receive the Rocky e:Smart Hybrid‘s electrified 1.2 litre mill, which will likely be offered on the Ativa here.

    Last but not least, the twin windscreen-mounted cameras on this Avanza confirms the inclusion of the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite of driver assistance systems. These include autonomous emergency braking and, in the case of Perodua’s system, adaptive cruise control and lane centring assist.

     
     
  • New Perodua Alza D27A expected to launch by end-2021, says vendor – next-gen to have DNGA, turbo?

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    The next-generation Perodua Alza has long been rumoured to be coming soon, and now a Perodua vendor has said that the new MPV, codenamed D27A, is expected to surface by the end of this year. The company, Sapura Industrial Berhad (SIB), says that it is currently developing parts for the D27A.

    “We are currently in the development phase of parts awarded for the Alza replacement model (D27A) expected to be launched by end 2021. We have also been awarded the supply of Case Differential Assembly by Akashi Kikai Industry Malaysia, a Tier-1 vendor for Perodua’s transmission module, forecasted for mass production in December 2021,” SIB said in its 2021 annual report.

    There you go, the D27A Alza replacement model scheduled for a late 2021 debut. Of course, that might be the initial timeline and the target given by P2 to suppliers, and things might change in the era of Covid-19 and lockdowns, but based on trend, the market leader usually sticks to the masterplan.

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    The Daihatsu concept cars we saw a couple of years ago are starting to become reality. The DN Trec from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show has become the production Daihatsu Rocky/Toyota Raize/Perodua Ativa. Next to the DN Trec in Tokyo was the DN Multisix concept, first seen at Indonesia’s GIIAS show earlier that year. We thought then that it previewed the new Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza.

    Perodua’s current Alza, which will be 12 years old later this year, is based on a JDM model, the Daihatsu Boon Luminas a.k.a. Toyota Passo Sette. It’s unique in ASEAN, as the default Toyota/Daihatsu budget MPV for our region is the Avanza (also sold as the Daihatsu Xenia in Indonesia). Things are set to be streamlined, with the Alza joining the fray as a Malaysian version of the regional model. This makes sense for economies of scale.

    In late 2019, Perodua was caught testing a Mitsubishi Xpander, a Suzuki Ertiga and a suspect-looking “Toyota Avanza” with a Genting Highlands climb. That was when we started speculating that an all-new Alza would share a platform with the next Avanza, as Daihatsu in Indonesia and Perodua in Malaysia are all part of the greater Toyota family. Indeed, Perodua produces certain T-badged models, and the NR engine it produces is supplied to Toyota as well.

    Perodua was caught testing a funny-looking Avanza with budget MPV rivals in 2019

    It’s pretty much the same arrangement in Indonesia, where Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) takes the development lead in joint Daihatsu-Toyota models such as the Ayla-Agya, Sigra-Calya, TeriosRush and most recently, the Rocky and Raize. ADM also manufactures the Toyota twin models.

    Last year, there were reports from Japan saying that the new Avanza will be based on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform, and will feature 1.0 litre turbo power as well as a 1.2 litre hybrid option.

    DNGA for the next Alza/Avanza fits nicely into the Perodua picture as well – the Rawang-based carmaker has invested heavily into DNGA production for the Ativa, which will surely not be a one-off, but a start of a new era. Ditto the turbo engine. Hybrid? Perodua did tease hybrid tech at KLIMS 2018, so electrification remains a possibility. Perhaps a basic NA version as well to keep the entry price low for budget family motoring? We’ll see.

    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at Tokyo 2017


    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at GIIAS 2017

     
     
  • Perodua in 2021 – new D55L SUV, Myvi FL, D27A Alza?

    From one national car brand, we now move on to another. This time, we’re focusing on Perodua and the new products that could potentially be introduced by the company in 2021. Unlike Proton, Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua hasn’t been explicit of their plans for the future, although there have been plenty of hints here and there.

    Back in January, the company launched the facelifted Bezza and later presented its full year review, where it discussed the strategic direction for upcoming products. At the time, Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad told members of the media that “our next model will use DNGA platform” when asked about the D55L project, so let’s start with that and move on to more.

    Perodua D55L SUV

    Undoubtedly set to become one of the biggest launches of 2021, D55L is the codename of Perodua’s upcoming compact SUV that will be positioned above the Myvi in the local line-up, alongside the seven-seat Aruz.

    The yet-unnamed model will be based on the Daihatsu Rocky, which rides on the DNGA platform mentioned by Zainal Abidin. DNGA stands for Daihatsu New Global Architecture, and aside from the Rocky, it is also used for the rebadged Toyota Raize.

    We’ve seen spyshots of the D55L before, where the overall profile doesn’t differ much from the Rocky. However, expect the D55L to have a noticeably different exterior design compared to its Daihatsu sibling, and this should extend to its interior. A similar approach was done with the Aruz, which differs by a certain degree from the current Terios and Toyota Rush.

    In terms of running gear, the Rocky is offered with a sole powertrain in Japan, made up of a 1KR-VET 1.0 litre (996 cc) turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that makes 98 PS (97 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm. The mill is paired exclusively with a CVT and can be had with front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

    Daihatsu Rocky (left), Perodua D55L prototype (right)

    The D55L will be pretty significant for Perodua, as it will have the brand’s first all-new platform (DNGA) in years. Not only that, should the powertrain match the Rocky’s, it’ll also be the first time one of the company’s models comes with a turbocharged engine and CVT – AWD is unlikely. Remember back in December 2019 when a Thor was spotted in Malaysia with an oil cooler? That was a strong sign that Perodua is testing the powertrain package for its own application.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the D55L will be priced next to its larger but far more basic Aruz, which currently starts at RM68,526. The Rocky’s close sibling, the Raize, has proven to be a hit among car buyers, outselling the Corolla to become the best-selling car in Japan. Whether it will unseat the Myvi here, we’ll have to see.

    Originally hinted for a 2020 launch, this has since been pushed back to 2021, with the rumour mill suggesting a March debut. It should be noted that the D55L does not compete directly against the X50, as it’s a really, really small B-segment model – it’s actually closer to being an A-segment and is known as such in Japan – given its purported dimensions, while the X50 is a properly-sized B-segment SUV.

    Perodua Myvi facelift

    Wait, didn’t the Myvi get an update this year? Yes, but the July revision merely saw the company’s best-selling model receive the latest Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0. The safety suite first appeared on the Aruz in 2019, adding more features and increasing the capabilities of some systems, and has since found its way to the facelifted 2019 Axia and 2020 Bezza.

    This is purely speculation, but seeing how the Myvi is now three years old in 2020, it is the oldest car in the Perodua range if you count facelifts – even the Alza got a facelift in 2018. As such, a proper facelift with new styling is probably due, although as per typical Perodua procedure, no one but the people within the company knows about it.

    If it does happen, don’t expect huge changes beyond the usual minor visual nip and tuck, as the Myvi is already extremely well equipped for its price. However, could we finally see a new GT variant that was previewed during the 2018 KL International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018)? The latest word from Perodua is the idea of a Myvi GT is still being evaluated for feasibility.

    The Myvi has already made its way to Brunei, where it is available in a S-Edition variant featuring a body kit sourced independently by dealers there, which resembles the KLIMS 2018 show car. Perhaps a Myvi SE might be on the cards as well? In any case, what would be on your wishlist for a 2021 Myvi?

    Perodua D27A/all-new Alza

    Once again, this is pure speculation, although there is some sense to it. The current Alza has been around since 2009. Back then, the world was dealing with H1N1/swine flu pandemic – and we thought that was bad, although most people have already forgotten about it.

    Since then, the seven-seat Perodua MPV has gone through two facelifts – the first in 2014 and the second in 2018 – so it is effectively 11 years old in 2020 and will turn 12 in 2021. In all that time, the car hasn’t changed by a whole lot, still packing two airbags, no electronic stability control (or VSA for that matter), an aging DVVT engine (not Dual VVT-i), so an update is desperately needed.

    Again, Perodua has made no mention of a replacement, although in October 2019, it was caught testing a Mitsubishi Xpander, a Suzuki Ertiga and a suspect-looking Toyota Avanza with a Genting Highlands climb. Could this be an “all-new Alza” currently being developed under the rumoured D27A codename?

    Previous reports coming from Japan suggest that Daihatsu is preparing a new MPV, and Indonesian media are linking that to a new generation Daihatsu Xenia, which is the Toyota Avanza with a D badge. The model will reportedly use the DNGA platform and is said to be offered with a 1.0 litre turbo power as well as a 1.2 litre hybrid option.

    Hybrid power in a Perodua? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds, as the national carmaker did preview such a technology at the 2018 KLIMS. Perodua also revealed during its year end review in January that it was keeping an eye on including electrification, so there could be some truth to it.

    Perodua has said that it is capable of introducing one full model change (all-new model) and one minor model change (facelift) per year. There was no all-new model in 2020, which was supposedly meant to be the D55L but has since been delayed, so we can assume that the D27A Alza would have been originally planned to be a 2021 launch. We’ll have to see if Perodua plans to stick to this plan, or if the current pandemic has forced it to reshuffle its timelines.

     
     
  • 2021 Perodua Alza D27A – next-gen Avanza twin to come with DNGA platform, 1.0L turbo, 1.2L hybrid?

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    Reports have been coming out from Japan that Daihatsu is preparing a new MPV, and Indonesian media are linking that to a new generation Daihatsu Xenia, which is the Toyota Avanza with a D badge. All under the same umbrella, of course, including Malaysian market leader Perodua.

    According to Japanese reports, picked up by Autonetmagz, the upcoming Daihatsu MPV will have three rows of seats and six seats, which reminds us of the Daihatsu DN Multisix concept that made two motor show appearances in 2017 – first at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, and then the Tokyo Motor Show two months later.

    At TMS 2017, the Multisix sat alongside the DN Trec concept, which has morphed into today’s production Daihatsu Rocky/Toyota Raize, which is set to arrive soon as the Perodua D55L SUV. The MPV’s turn next?

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    There’s more. Apparently, the rumoured new model – which will be underpinned by the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform – will have 1.0 litre turbo power as well as a 1.2 litre hybrid option. Toyota Astra Motor has said that it will introduce an electrified model this year in Indonesia – will it be a hybrid-powered Avanza/Xenia? While connecting the dots, the report from our neighbouring market mentions a December 2020 debut for this new model. Nothing has been confirmed, of course.

    While we’re at it, let’s recap to late last year, when we linked the next-gen 2021 Perodua Alza D27A to the upcoming next-gen Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza. In October 2019, Perodua was caught testing the a Mitsubishi Xpander, a Suzuki Ertiga and a suspect-looking Toyota Avanza with a Genting Highlands climb.

    We said then that an all-new Alza could very well share a platform with the next Avanza, as Daihatsu in Indonesia and Perodua in Malaysia are all part of the greater Toyota family. Indeed, Perodua produces certain T-badged models, and the NR engine it makes in Negeri Sembilan is supplied to Toyota as well.

    Perodua was caught testing a funny-looking Avanza with budget MPV rivals last year

    It’s pretty much the same arrangement in Indonesia, where Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) takes the development lead in joint Daihatsu-Toyota models (Ayla-Agya, Sigra-Calya and Terios-Rush) and manufactures the budget Toyotas as well.

    A new Alza going the shared underpinnings with ADM route also follows the trend where Perodua no longer bases its core models on JDM cars (like the Alza and previous-gen Myvis), but shares basics with its Indonesian counterpart while developing an in-house top hat upper body design plus interior. The current Myvi is the best example of P2’s R&D capabilities – the hatchback is unique to Malaysia and isn’t a restyled Daihatsu. We could be looking at more integration, and the next Alza could well be a mainstream Low MPV contender instead of a JDM oddity.

    Now, it appears likely that the next-gen Alza-Avanza will utilise the DNGA platform as well as some downsized turbo engine, with a hybrid possibility. Not out of the world at all, because the upcoming D55L SUV is set to pave the way for the platform and 1.0T engine in Malaysia. Over ten years have passed since the Alza first surfaced, so a big leap in tech is due – what say you?

    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at Tokyo 2017


    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at GIIAS 2017

     
     
  • 2021 Perodua Alza D27A – new next-gen MPV rendered

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    Perodua is a company that moves silently, but swiftly as well. Usually, we only know of the market leader’s impending new model launch shortly before the car is ready to roll out, with very little in the form of spyshots or leaks from Sg Choh. Even when there are mystery mules doing road testing, great care goes into masking the actual vehicle.

    Contrast this with the approach taken by local rival Proton. Remember all the X70 drama before the car was launched? Also, the “Proton X50” has been hyped for some time now, and we’re nowhere near to the Geely Binyue-based SUV being launched. On the other hand, if the upcoming Perodua D55L compact SUV wasn’t shared with Daihatsu and Toyota, my guess is that we wouldn’t know about P2’s plans for such a model till the last minute.

    We reckon that Perodua’s version of the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize will debut sometime next year, and there are also rumours of the Bezza getting a facelift in 2020. That fits in with P2’s statement that it is capable of introducing one full model change (all-new model) and one minor model change (facelift) per year, which happened this year as well with the Aruz and Axia facelift.

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    What’s coming in 2021 then? Well, the Perodua Alza is seriously long in the tooth – in a couple of days, it will have been 10 years since the MPV was launched in Malaysia. Yup, a full decade. Should Perodua want to continue to have a presence in the budget MPV segment, a replacement is needed, and our regular collaborator Theophilus Chin has cooked one up here.

    Our vision of the 2021 Perodua Alza D27A is based on the Daihatsu DN Multisix concept car that made two motor show appearances in 2017 – first at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, and then the Tokyo Motor Show two months later. At TMS 2017, the Multisix sat alongside the DN Trec showcar, which has morphed into today’s production Daihatsu Rocky. The MPV’s turn next?

    The Multisix concept was 4,310 mm long, 1,720 mm wide and 1,695 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,620 mm and a high 250 mm ground clearance. That’s larger in every way compared to the Alza’s 4,220 length, 1,695 mm width and 1,620 mm height. While the Alza started life as a Japanese Domestic Market product (Toyota Passo Sette, Daihatsu Boon Luminas), the next one is sure to be customised for Daihatsu’s overseas markets, which is us and Indonesia. Would it be a sister of the next-gen Toyota Avanza?

    The Daihatsu DN Multisix concept MPV surfaced in 2017

    There’s not much to work on here, so Theo layered on some trends and cues from existing products. The Multisix front has been “productionised” with more realistic lighting, and given a grille from the Aruz. There’s a strong “X” theme to the face, which is what we can expect from future Peroduas, according to P2 chief designer Muhamad Zamuren.

    The sides of the concept car has been given production parts such as conventional wing mirrors, realistic two-tone alloys and regular door handles, but the character line and surfacing are intact. This Alza’s rear end is a bit more blocky than the concept car’s, and Theo has included influences from the Rocky. Our man has done something unique here by stamping the Alza name into the rear hatch. What do you think?

    In the real world, Perodua was recently caught testing the a Mitsubishi Xpander, a Suzuki Ertiga and a funny looking Toyota Avanza with a Genting Highlands climb.

    Perodua was recently caught testing a funny-looking Avanza with budget MPV rivals

    An all-new Alza could very well share a platform with the next Avanza, as Daihatsu in Indonesia and Perodua in Malaysia are all part of the greater Toyota family. Indeed, Perodua produces certain T-badged models, and the NR engine it makes in Negeri Sembilan is supplied to Toyota as well.

    It’s pretty much the same in Indonesia, where Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) takes the development lead in joint Daihatsu-Toyota models (Ayla-Agya, Sigra-Calya and Terios-Rush) and manufactures the budget Toyotas as well.

    A new Alza going the shared underpinnings with ADM route also follows the trend where Perodua no longer bases its core models on JDM cars, but shares underpinnings with its Indonesian counterpart while developing an in-house top hat upper body design plus interior. The current Myvi is the best example of P2’s R&D capabilities – the hatchback is unique to Malaysia and isn’t a restyled Daihatsu. We could be looking at more integration, and the next Alza could be a mainstream Low MPV contender instead of a JDM oddity. We’ll see.

    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at Tokyo 2017


    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at GIIAS 2017

     
     
 
 
 

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