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The all-new Perodua Myvi

18th November, 2017

The Perodua Myvi has had a solid run for the last 9 years, with the second generation stretching across two facelifts and multiple different variants, as well as the occasional special edition model. It’s a product that has won over many, many Malaysians with its great value for money proposition, and it shows with sales figures that place it at the top.

Now the time for a new Myvi has finally come and the third generation is more than just an incremental improvement over its predecessor.

This is a full model change which sees it becoming a fair bit larger and packing a whole host of new features as well as new engines.

Perodua has slowly been taking steps to develop their own products and differentiate these products from global offerings from Daihatsu and Toyota. Since 2005, when developed the first Myvi, Perodua has been gaining more and more expertise and this showed in the second generation. Of course, the biggest step for Perodua would be the Bezza, a sedan developed from the Axia and a truly Malaysian product.

When I say that this new Myvi is bigger, it is noticeable. It’s 205 mm longer and 70 mm wider, with a 60 mm increase in wheelbase.

These are significant increases but it is necessary as the Axia has already closed in on the Myvi in terms of exterior dimensions. So it’s time for the Myvi to move up a notch in space.

Being longer, it cannot be as bulbous as before and the roofline has been flattened. This puts it 30 mm lower than its predecessor, giving a sportier appearance.

Most important is the increase in boot space, which is now 277 litres in size.

This is a full 69 litres more than before, and the extra boot space will be appreciated as a lack of luggage space has been one reason to deter would-be Myvi owners. While it’s not quite as large as the 363 litres of space in a Honda Jazz, it is still a fair amount for a family car and can, of course, be expanded by folding down the rear backrests.

In terms of engines, there are again two different sizes: a 1.3-litre and a 1.5-litre. Both are from the NR series which is also used in the Toyota Vios. The engines are made at a joint-venture factory in Negeri Sembilan.

Both engines have Dual-VVT-i to constantly adjust the closing and opening of the valves for peak performance. The 1.3-litre produces 95 ps and 141 Nm while the bigger engine outputs 103 ps and 136 Nm. 5-speed manual and 4-speed electronic automatic transmissions are available.

All 1.5-litre models have an auto start/stop system to save fuel by switching off the engine if idling goes on too long.

In terms of equipment, the list is impressive and all variants have keyless entry, pushstart, LED headlamps and tail lamps – yes, even the cheapest 1.3-litre version. But more of note is the fact that all of these new Myvis have a minimum of 4 airbags; the 1.5-litre models receive additional curtain airbags.

Electronic stability control is also included as standard, which means that no one can accuse the Myvi of being unsafe to drive. If you opt for the top-of-the-range model, there is even the Advanced Safety Assist package that includes pre-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedal misoperation control, and front departure warning – all systems that you would find only on much more expensive cars.

There are 5 different variants of the new Myvi to choose from. The 1.3G with manual transmission is the cheapest of the lot and starts at RM46,300, while the 1.3G with automatic transmission is another RM2,000 more. You can also opt for a better equipped 1.3X for RM50,300.

For the 1.5-litre variants, there is a choice of the 1.5H AT for RM53,800, or 1.5AV AT for RM57,300. All prices are on-the-road, without insurance.

The specification differences are largely cosmetic between the variants, although the top-spec 1.5AV AT gets a much nicer entertainment system and a reverse camera as well, which mirrors that of the previous generation Myvi Advance.

The new Perodua Myvi has a lot to live up to and going by the specifications alone, it definitely can do that. In due time, I hope to have a unit to test and then I’ll let you know how it drives.

But if you can’t wait for that report, then head on down to the Perodua showroom and test one yourself. If you do book one, bear in mind that 5,000 people have already reserved one but your wait should not be long as Perodua has anticipated a large number of orders in the first few months.

   
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