It’s official. Perodua’s sport utility vehicle SUV is called the Aruz and the seven-seater vehicle is now open for booking at all Perodua showrooms nationwide. Details of the SUV were earlier leaked online, confirming the official name and two different variants.
After the much-hyped Proton X70, the second national carmaker is the next to jump on the SUV bandwagon, a segment that’s enjoying growth globally. Global SUV sales hit 26.68 million in 2017, and is projected to hit 51 million by 2023.
The Perodua Aruz is based on the Toyota Rush and Daihatsu Terios, powered by a 2NR-VE 1.5-litre Dual VVT-I four-pot engine that also powers the MyVi. The powerplant pushes 103bhp and 136Nm torque, and is a certified Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV). Perodua claims its SUV delivers best-in-class fuel consumption of 15.6km/l.
Two variants of the Aruz are offered: the X and AV, with both sharing the same 4E-AT automatic transmission.
As standard, both variants come with LED headlamps with follow-me-home function, 17-inch alloy rims, rear air-con vents, adjustable steering wheel with audio control, smart entry with push start/stop button, USB charging port in all rows, a reverse camera, six airbags and most importantly, a built-in Touch ‘n Go card reader (but of course you can opt for Touch ‘n Go’s RFID).
Both variants feature semi-bucket seats but the more premium AV variants gets leather wrapped ones as opposed to the X variant’s fabric.
Costing MYR5,000 more, the AV gets extra goodies like roof rails, leather-wrapped steering with “receive call” control, HDMI port and integrated dashcam video recorder. It also comes with additional safety features including Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0, which is an upgraded version from the MyVi, as well as Pre-Collision Warning and Pre-Collision Braking.
Like the Proton X70 and new MyVi, the Perodua Aruz also boasts a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.
The car has not been revealed in entirety yet, with Perodua still offering sneak peeks of its latest effort. Aside from a couple of unique design cues, its close cousin the Toyota Rush will give you an overall clear picture of what the Aruz looks like.
Perodua will offer a brand new colour – Amazon Green (metallic), to complement Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver and Ivory White colourways.
The Perodua Aruz is open for booking nationwide and it is priced at MYR72,200 for the 1.5 X, while the 1.5 AV retails at MYR77,200. Prices are for Peninsular Malaysia and OTR without insurance. Expect to pay MYR2,000 more in East Malaysia. The price of the Aruz is a good MYR20,000 cheaper than the entry-level spec Toyota Rush 1.5G which retails for MYR93,000.
Perodua offers a warranty of five years or 150,000km mileage.
So, what do you think of the Perodua’s SUV?
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