The long awaited Perodua Bezza has finally been launched today, and we can now show the entire vehicle to you in all its glory.
Since it opened for booking last week, it has received overwhelming response, with 4,028 orders placed as at noon today.
The Advance was the most popular variant, which took up 50% of bookings, while 35% was for the 1.3L Premium X and the remaining 15% for 1.0L automatic and manual variants.
So far, Perodua has 7,000 units in stock and will begin deliveries tomorrow, and hopes for 9,000 by the end of the month.
The A segment compact, which took RM300 million to develop, is not only Perodua’s first sedan, it is also the first localy-made energy efficient sedan and also the first Perodua vehicle to have an upper body fully designed by Malaysians, and comprises of 95% local content.
Development began in 2014, in collaboration with Daihatsu of Japan.
The Perodua Bezza is produced at the same EEV-certified plant in which the Axia is produced, Perodua Global Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, which is a highly modern facility with over 75% automation rate.
It comes in 5 variants – 1.0L Manual Transmission and Automatic Transmission, 1.3L “Premium X” Manual and Automatic Transmission, and 1.3L “Advanced Version” Automatic Transmission.
The top spec 1.3L Advance variant comes equipped with a Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
All variants come equipped with ABS, EBD and also intermittent operated windshield wiper which changes speed in-line with the vehicle’s acceleration, or speed sensing wiper.
With 508 litres of boot space, it holds one of the biggest boot spaces in the market for its class, and is also versatile enough with the foldable rear seats 60:40 configuration allowing flexibility to address a variety of situations without compromising interior space.
Under the hood, Perodua’s first sedan is equipped with either the new 1.0 litre 1KR-VE engine with VVT-i or a 1.3 litre 1NR-VE engine with Dual VVT-i.
The manual transmission has five speeds while the electronic automatic transmission (E-AT) has four speeds.
Fitted with the 1.0-litre engine, the sedan can go up to 22.8km per litre with manual transmission and up to 21.3km per litre with automatic transmission with eco driving.
Meanwhile, the eco driving 1.3-litre manual transmission variant can potentially travel 21.7km per litre, while the automatic transmission can travel 22km per litre with ‘Eco Idle’ System which is available only in the Advance variant only.
On a full tank, the Bezza can potentially travel up to 792km depending on driving technique.
The ‘Eco Idle’ system will automatically stop the engine when the car is idle and restarts upon release of the brake, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The company also claims improvements on the Bezza’s exterior design results in the best drag coefficient in Perodua history.
Another first for Perodua is the push start/stop button and smart entry with smart key which available in the 1.3L variants only.
On the multimedia paraphernalia, the Perodua Bezza 1.3L Advance variant is equipped with a multimedia-mobile link device on which a user can access social media and entertainment features of their Android gadget when the vehicle is static.
Users can also interface navigation applications such as Waze and Google Maps through this “Smart Link” feature.
On top of these features, back passengers can also charge their devices at a USB port located at the rear centre console.
The car comes in 6 different colours, which include Sugar Brown and Ocean Blue for 1.3L variants, which are new metallic colours for Perodua, as well as existing colours of Lava Red, Ebony Black, Glittering Silver & Solid Ivory White.
We’ve tested the car out for ourselves, and we were truly surprised at the experience.
Read about it here.
Standard G 1.0L MT – RM37,300
Standard G 1.0L AT – RM39,300
Premium X 1.3L MT – RM42,800
Premium X 1.3L AT – RM44,800
Advance 1.3L AT – RM50,800