Where did 2023 go? Perodua kicked off last 12 months with the launch of the D74A Axia. It felt recent, but was way back in February (they made us work hard on Valentine’s Day). The all-new DNGA Axia starts at a better price point, leaving a spot for the Axia E – essentially a kosong previous-gen Axia – to fill. The ‘Axia Rahmah’ popped eyes with a RM22,000 sticker price in June.
One latest model, one facelift. That’s what Perodua does in a 12 months, and the repurposed old Axia accomplished the transient for the market leader in 2023. How about this 12 months? Here, we take a have a look at what is likely to be under Rawang’s sleeves for 2024.
Perodua’s current range of six models (excluding the Axia E), it’s the Aruz that’s most in need of an update. The high-riding seven-seater was launched back in January 2019, which implies that it has been five years with out a facelift. The Aruz was given a light update in mid-2021, however it was more of an equipment/color job than a facelift.
While the Aruz isn’t Perodua’s top priority as they’ve the hot-selling Alza seven-seater within the family, the previous’s above-average ground clearance stands in contrast with the deliberately lowered Alza, and that is likely to be a draw for certain buyers. If P2 intends to stick with the Aruz, a facelift might be within the works. In Indonesia, the Daihatsu Terios was facelifted in June 2023.
The Bezza also appears like it has been around for a really very long time. Indeed, the homegrown sedan first surfaced back in mid-2016, which implies that the Bezza will soon rejoice its eighth birthday. Today’s facelifted version can be 4 years old next week. While P2 has confirmed that it’s working on the next-generation Bezza, which can be an ASEAN automotive, it’s still a couple of years away. In any case, the Bezza isn’t just removed from broke, it most likely ended 2023 as Malaysia’s best-selling automotive.
How in regards to the Myvi? The present third-generation hatchback is now entering its seventh 12 months. Each the first- (2005-2011) and second-generation (2011-2017) Myvis were replaced in six years so can we expect a brand new one soon? We might be taking a look at one other update before a DNGA-based next-generation, however it most likely won’t be in 2024 – today’s facelift is just barely over two years old. Moving forward, would the ‘King’ be a great canvas for P2’s first EV?
With all of the facelift candidates out of the best way, here’s the massive one – what can be Perodua’s latest model for 2024? The much-anticipated D66B B-segment SUV could well be it. Consider a correct B-segment SUV that sits above the Ativa in size and price, giving like-for-like competition to the Honda HR-V and Proton X50. In Indonesia and Thailand, this HR-V rival is named the Toyota Yaris Cross.
The Yaris Cross made its ASEAN debut in Indonesia in June 2023 with 1.5L NA and 1.5L hybrid powertrain options, while in Thailand, the B-SUV debut in October as a pure hybrid. Speaking of hybrids, Perodua plan has all the time been electrification before electric cars, which implies that we’ll get hybrids first before EVs, and 2024 has been mentioned before as the beginning point. We’ve dived into this topic before – full story here.
Unlike its national counterpart, Perodua’s approach in terms of latest products is to maintain its cards near chest, only revealing its hand when it’s time to play. As such, the perfect that we will do is don a tuxedo, strap on the Omega, order a shaken drink and bet on an all-new B-SUV and possibly an Aruz facelift in 2024.
GALLERY: Toyota Yaris Cross at GIIAS 2023
GALLERY: Daihatsu Terios facelift at GIIAS 2023
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