As Perodua’s first sedan, the new Perodua Bezza provides levels of boot space and luggage security hitherto unheard of for the national carmaker. In fact, resident rendering wizard Theophilus Chin thinks it is perfect to be used as a taxi, so much so that he has actually put his Photoshop brushes to work on creating his vision of what a Bezza cab would look like!
We think the Bezza looks the part resplendent in red and white, with unpainted black plastic bumpers recalling the old Proton Saga Iswara taxis of yore – although it has to be said that real Malaysian taxis have been wearing body-coloured bumpers for some time now.
Adding to the utilitarian flavour are the steel wheels borrowed from the Axia 1.0 E and side rubbing strips that are reminiscent of those on the current Proton Saga – the ones sold in the GearUp accessories lineup are mounted higher up the doors.
Widely regarded as the fiercest competition to the Saga, the Bezza could stand a real chance of snatching the bowl away from the Proton in the latter’s key taxi market. The only problem would be the engine size – the Bezza biggest mill is a 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i unit.
Although we generally feel that the 94 hp/121 Nm engine’s performance is more than adequate for such a light car, engine displacement is a big factor for taxi drivers, which is why taxi-spec Sagas have had to be equipped with bigger 1.6 litre engines. Perhaps the upcoming 1.5 litre NR engine slated for the next-gen Myvi could be what Perodua needs to make the Bezza worthy of the “teksi bermeter” light bar.
What do you think of Theophilus Chin’s take on a Perodua Bezza taxi? How do you think a fare-earning Perodua sedan would, er, fare? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.
GALLERY: Perodua Bezza sedan