The much awaited Perodua first Energy Efficient Sedan will be open for booking at all over 181 showrooms across the country from tomorrow onwards, ahead of its official launch on July 21.
Perodua president and CEO Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid Salleh said the sedan is culmination of decades of technology collaboration and technology transfer with its partner Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd.
“It is with their guidance that we are now able to stand on our own with this ground breaking new model and it is the sedan that fits every Malaysian needs,” he said.
“This Perodua sedan, named Bezza, is our second transformation model after the Axia, and our first global-ready car with the 1.3L Advance variant packed with advanced safety features,” Aminar said.
The Perodua Bezza is produced at the same EEV-certified plant in which the Axia is produced, the Perodua Global Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, which is a highly modern facility with over 75% automation rate.
Its name comes from the Malay word beza which means different, signifying the distinct difference between the new sedan from its brethren.
The double Z in the name closely resembles the number 22, which subtly alludes to the fact that Perodua has been in the market for 22 years.
The car’s tagline, Beyond Compact, is meant to communicate that the Bezza goes beyond expectations of what a Malaysian sedan offers with its “advanced technology, amazing usability and affordability, built upon Perodua’s trademark of quality, reliability, value and care”, according to Perodua in a statement.
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.
The design of the sedan follows Perodua’s signature design style, based on customer feedback and preference with respondents being from both urban and rural areas nationwide.
“The result is that potential buyers were looking for a sedan which has global features but at the consumers’ price,” Aminar said.
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.
“We believe that convergence between mobile technology and the car is inevitable.
“With that in mind we want our customers to use this technology as safe as possible when travelling,” Aminar said.
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.
Meanwhile, Perodua is inviting the public to come for Perodua Raya Open House at all showrooms and service centre nationwide tomorrow from 9am to 5pm.