The Perodua SUV will go on sale in 2019 after it is unveiled to the public at November’s Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS).
The Malaysian company, which mainly uses parts and vehicles from Daihatsu, will introduce the new crossover that is said to use the Daihatsu Terios and Indonesian Toyota Rush as its basis.
Currently, the SUV has the code name D38L, and the platform is taken from the Toyota Avanza/Daihatsu Xenia – an MPV that is built by Daihatsu.
The companies used the seven-seater layout and adapted it to suit an SUV style, creating the Rush and Terios.
Perodua will create its own styling for the new vehicle – some sources are saying it will mimic its little brother the Perodua Myvi – but it will remain a seven-seat SUV.
Inside, the same electronic architecture from Daihatsu means the new crossover will receive a 2-DIN touchscreen audio unit with Bluetooth and USB charging port. We’re also expecting to see a climate control system as standard, plenty of airbags and a push-button ignition system with smart key entry.
The seven-seat layout will be the same as the Rush and Terios with two up front, three across the middle and two passengers in the third row. They will need to be smaller passengers, too, as it’s not a full-size SUV.
The middle row will be able to fold and tumbles and will have a 60:40 split like other Toyotas and the third row can fold flat with a 50:50 split.
Under the bonnet of Perodua’s new machine will be the same Dual VVT-i 1.5-liter 2NR-VE engine as the Avanza.
The engine is naturally aspirated and produces 103hp @ 6000 rpm (76kW) and 136 Nm of torque @ 4200 rpm.
This engine is normally paired with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. We were hoping for something a little more sophisticated than that, but it appears that most Daihatsus and Toyotas run with this configuration, so don’t expect anything new when the Perodua is revealed.
The Rush and Terios are both driven by their rear wheels, meaning the Perodua SUV will likely follow the same format.
There may be some suspension revisions to suit Malaysian roads, and there should be three trim levels. Hill start assist, stability control, and cruise control should also be standard.
As yet pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s expected to hover around the RM80K mark.
Later this year, Perodua dealers will begin training on the new SUV, but all will be revealed at the November motor show in Kuala Lumpur.
As you can see from the image above, Perodua has also added a teaser image to its website, building interest in the seven-seat SUV.
One thing you’ll notice is the little petrol-subsidy message, noting that because the Perodua SUV uses a small, 1.5-liter engine, it could be eligible for the 2019 Mayalasian budget’s subsidy for small engines.
Of course, that’s yet to be confirmed by the Malaysian government, but we’ll keep you updated with any developments.
Perodua SUV pricing
We’re expecting that the new model, codenamed D38L, will come in around the RM80k-85k mark, but all will be confirmed in the coming month.