Yesterday, a leaked image was posted up on the Lowyat forum, of what is believed to be a new Perodua sedan.
Perodua has been teasing their upcoming car, codenamed D63D, for more than a year now. The company’s president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid revealed a year ago that the project has been green-lit and that Malaysians can expected to see it in 2016 or 2017.
Not much is known about the Perodua D63D (CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid didn’t divulge much else, and understandably so) other than the fact that is it a sedan and that it looks just a teeny tiny bit like the Myvi (front bumper). The headlights and front grille, however, are elements that we’ve never seen before in previous Perodua cars.
According to our sibling site, Autofreaks, the Perodua D63D is expected to be powered by Perodua’s 1.0 and 1.3-litre engines, with a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. Other features and specifications for the sedan will likely only be revealed when the car is officially launched, apparently in the next few weeks.
It certainly is big news for the Malaysian automobile manufacturer considering the fact that in the Daihatsu universe, there’s no such sedan (Perodua cars have historically used Daihatsu designs e.g. Kancil equals Daihatsu Mira, Rusa equals Daihatsu Zebra, Kembara equals Daihatsu Terios, and Myvi equals Daihatsu Sirion). You can bet that we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for more information!
UPDATE (20th July):
Perodua’s first sedan is called Bezza and bookings for the 1.3-litre car has opened. According to Perodua, the energy efficient vehicle (EEV) is fully designed by Malaysians, with a strong support from Daihatsu Motor Company of Japan.
Its name takes inspiration from the word “beza” (which means “different” in Bahasa Malaysia) and it is Perodua’s first global-ready car with the 1.3L Advance variant packed with advance safety features.
As seen in the flyer above, the sedan comes in 5 variants – 1.0L manual and automatic transmissions, 1.3L “Premium X” manual and automatic transmission and the 1.3L “Advanced Version” automatic. The Perodua Bezza is available in 6 colours – Sugar Brown and Ocean Blue (for 1.3L variants) as well as Lava Red, Ebony Black, Glittering Silver, and Solid Ivory White.
For more information, visit Perodua’s website.