You can book Perodua’s unnamed turbocharged compact SUV now

Perodua’s much-anticipated B-segment SUV is finally in the open. The yet-to-be-named “D55L” SUV, (widely rumoured to be the “Perodua Ativa”) is now open for booking with prices estimated to be between MYR62,500 and MYR73,400 (OTR w/o insurance with SST exemption) as revealed by Paultan.

Based on the Daihatsu Rocky (aka Toyota Raize), which is built upon the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), the compact SUV will boast ASA 3.0 or the latest version of Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist system as well as, for the first time, a turbocharged powerplant.

Size-wise, the D55L sits in between the Myvi and the seven-seater Aruz, although it’s technically merely 10mm longer and 100m taller than the popular B-segment hatch.

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While lumped into the same category, the D55L is quite a different beast compared to the Proton X50. The Proton X50 is a bigger, more powerful and certainly a pricier car compared to Perodua’s new challenger. The D55L, however, will feature some firsts for Perodua.

Firstly, the 1-litre three-cylinder petrol mill will be turbocharged, a first for Perodua. Believed to be a variant of the 1KR-VE used in the Axia and Bezza, the powerplant outputs 98PS and 140Nm of torque, mated to a CVT, another first for Perodua. These aren’t confirmed numbers for the D55L, just so you know. What’s confirm though is the 18.9km/l fuel consumption figures.

Perhaps the key new feature that’s bound to impress will be ASA 3.0, just as ASA did on the third-generation Myvi. The advanced safety assist system is expected to be standard across the D55L range, which consists of Pre-collision Warning (PCW), Pre-collision Braking (PCB/AEB), Front Departure Alert (FDA), Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC), and the new Lane Departure Warning and Prevention.

Lane Keep Control (LKP), Blind Sport Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) are part of the new SUV’s Level 2 autonomous driving arsenal, unprecedented at its price point. These will only be available on the top-rung AV variant.

The D55L is widely believed to boast a 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating, just like the Daihatsu Rocky in Japan (JNCAP).

Perodua will offer three variants – X, H and the flagship AV with estimated pricing ranging from MYR62,500 to MYR73,400. Colour options include Glittering Silver, Granite Grey and Cobalt Blue for the X variant, while Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red will be exclusive to the H and AV variants. Additionally, the AV variant will feature a black roof.

The second national carmaker offers a five-year/ 150,000kms warranty.

Photos: Daihatsu Japan

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