The new Perodua Alza (wiki the word Alza and it means 'rise' in Spanish) was launched on Tuesday but some of us was given the first preview before the launch last weekend (Maybank customers as written in my SMS). The 1.5L MPV goes on sale starting from yesterday and had reported that they had already received 3,500 bookings in ten days. This is definitely a good figure for a local made car. This is Perodua's first MPV and everyone are looking forward to it's launch.
The prices ranges between RM56K to RM64K for the Standard model and between RM67K to RM70K for the Advanced version. So what is the difference you may ask? On the Advance or Premium version, there's audio control switches on the steering wheel, a 4-speaker and CD/MP3/WMA audio system with Bluetooth capability. This is a few features for the advance model.
The Standard model comes in manual (SX) and also auto (EZ). While the Advance model too comes in manual (SXi) and also auto (EZi). The MPV is a 7-seater car and you can find some resemblance of it with Toyota Passo Sette (and Daihatsu Boon Luminas) but Alza is slightly longer (50mm). The car also share some same feature of Myvi and less than 30% in term of components used. The MPV is powered by a 1.5L twin-cam pot power and is able to fork out 103bhp at 6,000rpm and 136Nm at 4,400rpm of torque. Standard five-speed manual and also four-speed for auto transmission with another four variants type to go on sale soon. The dimension of the car is 2,520(L) x 1,415(W) x 1,310(H) which is quite spacious but I didn't really go over and look at the actually unit myself though.
I heard that they (Perodua) is coming out with an Advanced Version in the first quarter next year which come with full body kit, leather seats, windscreen-mounted 5-inch GPS unit and a 150-degree wide angle reverse camera with special tint film. So you can start making your booking now and most probably you will be able to get your car after CNY. I think I have more faith in Perodua's MPV compared to Proton's Exora after seeing both now. Now to test drive the car. hehehe!