It’s still just mid-January and already the two most important launches for the year involve SUVs. The launch of the Aruz brings Perodua back into this segment after the long-retired Kembara and stealthy Nautica. We already know the price from our previous report but in case you need a refresh, here you go:
* As you can see, there is a slight increase compared to the tentative price, but not too much.
Since booking was opened barely two weeks ago Perodua has already received 2,200 bookings or loosely translated to 169 per day.
“SUVs are enjoying a big rise globally. Buyers like their versatility, comfort, high driving position, good visibility and increased space while still maintaining a compact footprint. Above all, their appearance projects an active, adventurous and aspirational lifestyle that many desire,” said Perodua president and CEO Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
“With the Perodua Aruz, many more Malaysians can now enjoy the benefits of an SUV, plus advanced features typically found only in pricier vehicles. This makes it among the best-value SUVs on sale today, with space, safety and efficiency elevated,” he added.
Aruz Advance (26 pictures)
Dato’ Zainal was of course emphasising the modern safety features that’s standard on the Aruz Advance variant which includes six airbags in total, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Isofiz points, Vehicle Stability Control, and ASA 2.0 (Advanced Safety Assist). The latter is an upgraded feature of the system currently found in the Myvi 1.5L Advance. So now it comes with pedestrian detection (up to 50kph) and with the advantage of an increased operational speed of Pre-Collision Warning to 100kph. Pre-Collision Braking is also raised to 80kph. The safety suite continues to incorporate Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control.
Underneath the hood is the 2NR-VE engine (as found in the current 1.5L Myvi) that makes 75kW and 133Nm mated to a 4-speed automatic. Both the X and Advance variants comes with Eco-Idle System or stop-go, helping it with its claimed 15.6km/L efficiency.
Both variants also come with 17 tyres, six airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist, Isofix, solar and security window film, and reverse camera.
For the exterior the X and Advance gets a front grille with chrome and glossy finish, LED headlights, LED tail and brake lamps, and spoiler. The Advance however, also gets silver painted diffuser underneath the two-tone bumpers, auto-on headlights, and roof rail.
Not quite a surprise that the Advance gets leather-wrapped seats, together with the shifter (the X is fabric and Urethane respectively). Push-start button and useful built-in toll reader are standard too, as are the two USB ports. For additional power/charging requirements, there’s also two 12v slots. All cars get 6 speakers, although the Advance gets the multimedia system headunit with navigation plus SmartLink for Android phones together with HDMI connection.
The Aruz seven-seater SUV was launched by MITI minister Datuk Darell Leiking together with Perodua chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaluddin and ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Dr. Makio Miyagawa.
With 95 per cent of its components sourced locally, the Perodua Aruz is the national carmaker’s fourth Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV), touting a class-leading fuel economy of 15.6km per litre. It is offered with a five-year/150,000km warranty.