2018 Perodua Myvi looks to be a winner

2018 Perodua Myvi

Perodua has finally launched the long awaited third generation Myvi hatchback. It now comes with a plethora of features for a lot less money. Find out more after the jump.
The third generation Perodua Myvi is now here and comes with a very competitive price tag. From launch, there are four trim lines with each having its own unique features.

But first, let’s take a stroll into the history side of the Myvi. The B-segment hatchback was first launched in 2005 and was intended to be a particularly niche model. Of course, most people of the time bought both small and large sedans. But Perodua had a huge breakthrough as the Myvi sold like hotcakes.

The Myvi then held the title of the best selling car in Malaysia. That is until 2015 when the smaller Viva replacement, the Axia stole the show. Needless to say, the Myvi is still well and able to keep the ball rolling for the company. Then in 2011, the second generation Myvi came down the road and as expected, it also sold like hotcakes. According to the brand, the Myvi achieved its one million unit milestone in June this year.

Of course, there was a challenge. The second generation car had a new contender in the market, the Proton Iriz. Ever since then, it was rather worrying for the brand when Proton offered their contender with six airbags and keyless entry, for example. Now however, the latest Myvi is in town and dare I say, it is on the same level as the Honda Jazz in terms of space (except rear headroom) and its value for money features.

Starting with the design. The all-new Myvi is designed in-house by Perodua with no external input from other companies. But as you look at the car, there are some similarities with its rivals. Some of you might have the view that it looks like a  redesigned Toyota Auris or a Thai-spec Toyota Yaris, but in reality, it is completely different. However, some of the styling cues may seem reminiscent of other cars in the market. I’ll let you decide for yourself.

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Here are specs at a glance.

1.3 Standard G (MYR44,300 – MYR46,300)

  • Powertrain:
    • 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i engine (1NR-VE)
    • 1,329 cc, four-cylinder petrol
    • 94 hp at 6,000 rpm, 121 Nm at 4,000 rpm
  • Drivetrain:
    • Five-speed manual or four-speed E-AT
    • 36-litre fuel tank
    • 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide, 1,515 mm tall, 2,500 mm wheelbase
    • 160 mm ground clearance
    • Electric power steering (EPS)
    • 4.8-metre turning radius
    • Five-year/150,000 km warranty
  • Exterior:
    • LED headlamps with auto off and follow-me-home functions
    • Manual headlight levelling
    • LED tail lamps with light guides
    • Electrically-adjustable side mirrors with turn signals
    • Aeroblade-type windscreen wipers
    • Reverse sensors
    • 14-inch alloy wheels
    • 175/65R14 Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 tyres
    • Full-size spare tyre
  • Interior:
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Acoustic windscreen
    • Power windows, auto down for driver only
    • Double-din head unit with radio and USB input
    • Digital air-con controls (with two memory settings)
    • Polyurethane steering wheel w
    • ith tilt-adjustment
    • Height-adjustable driver’s seatFlexible 8+1 seating configurations
    • Rear seats with integrated headrests
    • 60:40 folding rear seats
    • 277 litre boot (expandable to 832 litres with rear seats down)
    • Side pocket on front seat (for mobile phones)
    • Shopping hook and anti-snatch handbag hook
  • Safety:
    • Four airbags (dual front, front sides)
    • ABS, EBD
    • Electronic stability control (VSC)
    • Traction control (TRC)
    • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
    • Target five-star ASEAN NCAP crash test rating
    • Seat belt reminder for all seats (active front, passive rear)
    • Two Isofix anchors for rear seats
  • Aesthetics:
    • Silver front grille
    • No front foglamps – black covers
    • Body-coloured door handles
    • Shark-fin antenna
    • Black interior door handles
    • Black interior trim
    • Silver trim on air-con vents

1.3 Premium X (MYR48,300)

  • Adds on:
    • Eco-idle automatic start-stop system
    • Hill-start Assist
  • Exterior:
    • Front foglights
    • Front parking sensors
    • Power-retractable side mirrors
  • Interior:
    • Double-din head unit with radio, USB and Bluetooth
    • USB charger
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio, phone controls
    • Rear seats with adjustable headrests
  • Aesthetics:
    • Chrome front grille
    • Chrome trim around front foglamps
    • Chrome door handles
    • Chrome interior door handles
    • Silver trim around window controls, steering wheel buttons, gear lever base
    • Chrome trim in instrument panel
    • Chrome trim on air-con vents
  • Colour options:
    • Ivory White (solid)
    • Glittering Silver (metallic)
    • Mystical Purple (metallic)
    • Lava Red (metallic)
    • Peppermint Green (metallic) – new, exclusive to 1.3 models
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1.5 High (MYR51,800)

  • Adds on:
    Mechanicals

    • 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine (2NR-VE)
    • 1,496 cc, four-cylinder petrol
    • 102 hp at 6,000 rpm, 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm
    • Four-speed E-AT
    • Combined fuel economy of 20.1 km per litre
  • Exterior:
    • 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels
    • 185/55R15 Goodyear Assurance TripleMax tyres
  • Interior:
    • Built-in toll reader (integrated SmartTAG)
  • Safety:
    • Six airbags (dual front, front sides, curtains)
  • Aesthetics:
    • Front bodykit and side skirts (dual-tone)
      Two-tone rear bumper
      Rear spoiler

1.5 Advance (MYR55,300)

  • Adds on:
    Interior:

    • Leather upholstery
    • Touchscreen head unit with navigation and SmartLink
    • Reverse Camera
    • Security window tint film
  • Advanced Safety Assist (ASA)
    • Pre-collision Warning
    • Pre-collision Braking (low-speed autonomous emergency braking)
    • Front Departure Alert
    • Pedal Misoperation Control
  • Colour options:
    • Ivory White (solid)
    • Glittering Silver (metallic)
    • Mystical Purple (metallic)
    • Lava Red (metallic)
    • Granite Grey (metallic) – new, exclusive to 1.5 models

All prices stated are on the road excluding insurance. Also, all models come with a 5-year/100,000km official Perodua warranty (whichever comes first).

Perodua has announced that over 5,000 bookings have already been made prior to the launch, and this was even before customers have seen the car up close and personal. I don’t know about you, but if I was Proton or Honda (B-segment’s fiercest competitors), I’d be mighty worried. Because, I think Perodua has a winner in its hands. And by a mile, too.

Source: Perodua

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