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  • Vehicle price approvals still delayed, no resolution yet

    In recent months, car companies have introduced a number of new vehicles but not all of them are accompanied by official prices, with most carrying tentative figures instead. Early last month, the Malaysian Automotive Association stated the reason for this is due to the delay in price approval from the authorities.

    At a briefing session held with the media today, the association touched upon the issue again when asked about it during a Q&A session. “[We] applied first to MITI (ministry of international trade and industry) to ask for the approval on the ILP (Industrial Linkage Programme) and that has taken a long time, in the sense that sometimes the meetings are not held,” said Datuk Aishah Ahmad, president of MAA.

    “There is a delay, and it can reach up to five to six to seven months. There are some [MAA] members who are still waiting from May [2018] until today – they haven’t gotten the prices,” she continued. The ILP encompasses incentives and duty exemptions that have to be taken into consideration when OEMs price their vehicles.

    Aishah also revealed that the ministry of finance, which previously provided the approvals, does not want to make decisions now. “Everything is channelled to the Automotive Business Development Committee (ABDC),” she stated, adding that committee includes the Royal Malaysian Customs, MITI, finance ministry, Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

    “Even after the committee has decided, it goes back but the papers are not coming out. We have voiced this out, where it is very difficult because we cannot get prices and therefore, we cannot launch our models,” Aishah explained.

    “It makes it worse because the fact that the National Audit Department is auditing all those who have obtained this ILP has gone to check that whatever we have indicated in our proposals are correct. They have done the audits, and they are supposed to come back with the feedback by the end of this month.”

    “So, government officials are now holding back. They don’t want to make a decision on their own, it has to be a committee decision. It’s not helping the industry,” she continued.

    The MAA president also revealed that many MAA members are affected by this issue, and that it has highlighted the matter to the MoF and will seek a meeting with MITI as well. She said, “you know that a lot of models that have not [been] launched. You know [those models] we showed during the motor show where we’re supposed to launch it, but until today we don’t have prices.

  • Kawasaki Malaysia holds free bike safety checks

    As part of its annual Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2019, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia conducted free safety checks for motorcycles in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. A 16-point safety check on any brand of motorcycle was conducted by Kawasaki technicians at a service point located at the south-bound Sungai Besi toll.

    Along with the safety checks, riders also had the chance to participate in a helmet exchange campaign where old helmets were replaced by new units. Other riders also availed themselves of high-visibility riding jackets handed out free of charge.

    Speaking on behalf of Ahmad Faez Yahya, executive director of Kawasaki Malaysia, managing director Datuk Jeffery Lim said this year’s Kawasaki safety campaign is the fourth such campaign being held to coincide with the upcoming holiday season. “For 2019, the Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign is focused on reducing the accident and fatality rate on Malaysian roads,” said Lim.

    With the theme, “roads are not for racing, obey the law,” Lim said this was to raise awareness amongst motorcycle riders about all aspects of road safety and proper techniques whilst riding. The event was officiated by Datuk Rosli Isa, director-general of the Road Safety Department.

    During his speech, Rosli said use of child safety seats and rear passenger seat belts will be made compulsory from 2020, along with seat belts for bus passengers. Citing police statistics, Rosli said there is a road accident every minute on Malaysian roads, with a fatal accident every 70 minutes and 1.2 million vehicles registered every year and 3 million not having valid road tax.

  • Volkswagen, Ford launch alliance for pick-ups, vans

    Following news of a partnership between Volkswagen and Ford for the co-development of commercial vehicles, both companies have now announced the first formal agreements within a broad alliance that goes towards the development of commercial vans and medium-sized pick-up trucks for global markets.

    Ford CEO Jim Hackett said “over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society. It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility.”

    Both Ford and Volkswagen have well-established nameplates in this segment, where the American marque has the Transit family of vans and the popular Ranger pick-up range, while the German manufacturer has the Transporter, Caddy and Amarok line of vans and pick-up trucks.

    The two auto giants stress that the alliance is a partnership that ‘does not involve cross-ownership between the two companies’, and will be governed by a joint committee led by Hackett and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. The committee will also comprise senior executives from both companies.

    The companies estimate improvements in their annual pre-tax operating results from 2023 as a result of the commercial van and pick-up truck cooperation, and a memorandum of understanding has also been signed between the two companies to work on collaboration for autonomous vehicles, mobility services and EVs.

    Both parties are open to further vehicle programmes in the future, and more details are being worked on, according to both companies. Collectively, light commercial vehicle volumes from both companies totalled approximately 1.2 million units in 2018, and demand for medium sized pick-ups and commercial vans is expected to grow further in the next five years.

    This alliance between Ford and Volkswagen will enable both companies to share development costs and leverage upon their respective manufacturing capacities while maintaining distinct brand identities, both companies said. The alliance will see Ford develop and manufacture medium-sized pick-up trucks for both companies to go on sale in 2022 at its soonest, as well as commercial vans for European market, while Volkswagen plans to develop and build a city van for both companies.

  • 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 debuts in Detroit – 5.2 litre supercharged V8; 700 hp, 0-98 km/h under 3.5s

    Over the past few years, the iconic Mustang Shelby GT500 has been spied, teased, and rumoured to make a comeback since the last model was introduced 10 years ago. Well, it’s back for real this time, and it’s dubbed the most powerful street-legal Ford in history. Actually, the Shelby GT500 is by far the most advanced Mustang ever made for the street, track or drag strip.

    Let’s kick things off with the engine. Under the bonnet rests a 5.2 litre supercharged V8 engine that’s built entirely by hand. A 2.65 litre air-to-liquid cooled roots-type supercharger (housed in the V) is tasked to ram more air into the engine, and the unit is inverted so as to deliver a lower centre of gravity. Its exact output remains undisclosed for now, but what’s certain is the engine makes over 700 hp.

    Much like the Shelby GT350, the aluminium alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminium cylinder heads, as well as larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages for increased performance. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it’s needed.

    For transmission, Ford Performance decided to go with the Ford GT‘s Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which it claims is able to shift smoothly in less than 100 milliseconds. A carbon-fibre driveshaft is employed to channel all that power to the rear wheels, and the transmission features a number of drive modes, such as Normal, Slippery, Sport, Drag and Track. It also has line-lock and rpm-selectable launch control through Track Apps.

    Harnessing the power and torque for what is by far the most powerful Mustang ever made calls for a combination of cutting-edge active chassis technology, track-bred Michelin tyres and huge Brembo brakes. To start, the folks at Ford Performance have upgraded the car’s suspension geometry and fitted it with a new electronic power steering.

    All four corners now benefit from lighter-weight coil springs, as well as next-generation active MagneRide suspension. Ford claims this setup provides the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang, and we’re inclined to believe that.

    Even the wheels are state-of-the-art stuff – the truly hardcore can opt for the Carbon-Fibre Track Package which comes with 20-inch unpainted CF wheels (the rear wheels are half an inch wider at 11.5-inch), adjustable exposed CF GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce more weight.

    Those who can make do with a little less aggression can opt for the Handling Package, which comes with adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. Two types of tyres can be fitted, the first being a custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubbers, and the other is a stickier, custom-made Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with unique compounds and tread.

    Now, the exterior shell of the Mustang Shelby GT500 has been extensively and purposefully redesigned. Ford design manager, Melvin Betancourt said “with a double front grille opening and 50% more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimetre of the Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance.”

    The car’s design was inspired by a modern fighter jet, and the actual aero components were developed in a rolling wind tunnel. This results in a much larger front fascia opening, more than doubling that of the Shelby GT350’s. Six heat exchangers help facilitate cooling, and a massive 31 x 28-inch louvered bonnet vent with removable aluminium rain tray improves air extraction and downforce.

    Inside, the cabin gets race-inspired materials and unique trimmings, of which includes unpainted carbon-fibre instrument panel appliqué, and new door panel inserts finished in Dark Slate Miko suede with contrast stitching. Recaro racing seats with heavy side bolsters and pass-throughs for safety harnesses are optional, so if you’re not a track junkie, perhaps the power-adjustable seats with Miko suede inserts would be a more suitable choice.

    Elsewhere, there’s a 12-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster for the driver, a high-performance, custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system, as well as an eight-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen head unit with SiriusXM and FordPass Connect.

    Want one? You’re not alone. Available colours include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. If you’re a fan of painted stripes, those are available as well. Sales in the US will begin in September this year. So, what do you think of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500? Comment, below.

  • MAA wants EEV incentives to continue in NAP 2019

    Plenty of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming National Automotive Policy (NAP) review, what with the change of government and the subsequent mooting of the New National Car Project (NNCP). Among the biggest unknowns is the status of the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) programme, which currently provides incentives for fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles.

    At the Malaysian Automotive Association’s (MAA) annual press conference today, president Datuk Aishah Ahmad expressed hopes that the programme will continue in its current form, saying that it has benefited car companies as a whole by ensuring that car prices remained competitive.

    “I think the most important with the new government is to continue with the 2014 NAP that is the EEV incentives to continue and to support all industry players that have EEV vehicles.” she said. “This is [so that] customers are willing to purchase, are able to afford the cars that we sell.”

    According to Aishah, 18,754 hybrid vehicles were sold last year, compared to 13,650 units in 2017. By comparison, just two EVs found homes in 2018, down from the 11 the year before – although the upcoming launch of the new Nissan Leaf in the middle of the year should bring a positive change on that front.

  • December 2018 Malaysian vehicle sales dipped 0.2%

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released sales and production figures for the month of December 2018, with the former registering a slight decline from what was reported in November.

    A total of 48,188 vehicles were delivered in December, which is 0.2% or 94 units less than November’s figure of 48,282 vehicles. However, the sales figure for December 2018 is down 12% or 6,531 units when compared to the corresponding month (54,719 units) in 2017.

    According to the association, the lower sales figure was mainly due to much of the demand being concluded during the three-month zero-rated goods and services tax (GST) period. Additionally, it adds the backlog of pricing approval from the government has resulted in the delay of new model launches (with official pricing).

    Meanwhile, the total industry volume (TIV) for 2018 topped at 598,714 vehicles, exceeding last year’s figure of 576,652 units by 4% (rounded up from 3.83%) or 22,089 units.

    For the month of January 2019, the association expects this downward trend to continue, with the same reasons as mentioned above, with the addition of consumers remaining cautious in their purchasing decisions.

  • 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 debuts in Detroit – 341 hp

    While the whole world was fixated on the all-new Toyota Supra, Subaru wheeled out its own special creation for the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This is the WRX STI S209, a limited production S-line performance model that Americans will finally be able to buy.

    Subaru of America is making a big deal of the S209 because it is considered the first “STI-built” Subaru to be sold in the United States, with final assembly taking place in Kiryu, Japan, where it receives engine modifications and bodywork alterations that in total require it to be homologated for the target market.

    Only 200 units will be offered, and like previous S-line cars that were exclusive to Japan, each one comes with a good number of modifications to improve power, handling, aerodynamics and driver engagement. Subaru says the S209 draws inspiration and tech from the WRX STI Nürburgring Challenge racer, which recently won the SP3T class at last year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

    Under the bonnet, the EJ25 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine gets a through reworking, with a HKS turbocharger boosted to 18 psi (16.2 psi on a stock WRX STI), forged pistons and connecting rods, a high-flow air intake system, new high-flow fuel pump, larger fuel injectors, intercooler water spray system, high-performance exhaust system, and a specially-tuned engine control module.

    The end result is 341 hp (up to 8% more than stock), with all of it being routed through a close-ration six-speed manual transmission and full-time Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Supporting items include front/rear limited-slip differentials, a Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD), Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control.

    Drivers will get to adjust the powertrain’s response with a recalibrated SI Drive system with three modes – Intelligent (I), Sport (S) and Sport Sharp (S#). Interestingly, STI engineers recommend Sport over Sport Sharp for circuit driving, as the less aggressive throttle map allows for greater driver control.

    Beyond the power bump, the S209 also gets a set of 19-inch forged BBS alloy wheels that are wrapped with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600A tyres, which are capable of generating a maximum lateral grip of over 1 g. Stopping power comes courtesy of Brembo brakes, with cross-drilled steel rotors and six-piston monoblock front calipers and two-piston monoblock rear calipers.

    The suspension also gets its fair share of revisions, starting with stiffer coil springs, Bilstein dampers, a 20 mm rear stabiliser bar and pillow-type bushings for the front/rear lateral links. Elsewhere, the front crossmember and rear subframes have been reinforced; a flexible tower bar helps laterally stiffen the body of the car; and draw stiffeners optimise chassis flex.

    Due to the new wheels, which measure 9 inches in width each, the S209 gets a wide-body kit to make it 43 mm wider than a regular WRX STI. Aerodynamic and non-mechanical add-ons derived from the above-mentioned race car are also present, including under spoilers, canards, a rear wing, additional vents and a carbon-fibre roof.

    Inside, there’s a D-shaped steering wheel wrapped in Ultrasuede with silver stitching and an STI badge in place of the traditional Subaru star cluster. A dedicated serial number badge on the centre console points out the model’s exclusivity along with other S209 badges, including on the Recaro seats.

    Pricing will be announced later in 2019, and Subaru of America offers two exterior colours to choose from. The first is World Rally Blue Pearl, which is paired to grey wheels, while the other option is Crystal White Pearl with gold wheels.

  • AD: Attractive deals on Jaguar Land Rover models this Chinese New Year – Approved vehicles from RM190k

    With the Chinese New Year festivities soon to be upon us, Jaguar Land Rover SISMA Auto is offering attractive deals so you can welcome a new addition to your family during this prosperous time of year.

    The Jaguar Land Rover Approved range is part of this enticing promotion, with the Jaguar XE 2.0L Prestige and Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0L being offered from just RM190,000*.

    Whichever pre-owned Jaguar Land Rover model you’ve set your heart on, rest assured that each Approved vehicle is subjected to the most rigorous 165-point inspection to ensure every aspect of the vehicle meets the necessary standards.

    Only models with a complete mileage and service history will be Approved, and any work done will include the use of genuine Jaguar Land Rover parts.

    Even better, each Approved vehicle comes with a minimum comprehensive two-year warranty**, and certain models will even have the full five-year warranty**, along with 24 months of Jaguar Land Rover Roadside Assistance.

    Alternatively, there will also be deals on new Jaguar Land Rover cars, with the Range Rover Velar being offered from RM529,8000 with immediate stock availability. The ownership experience is similarly hassle-free, as all new Jaguar and Land Rover models come with five years of warranty, five years of servicing and three years of roadside assistance***.

    Ready to take that bold step forward? SISMA Auto will be hosting Chinese New Year events at its showrooms this weekend (January 19-20), and you can register your interest with SISMA Auto KL or SISMA Auto Utara.

    Not only will you be greeted by exclusive offers on vehicles at these showrooms, you can enrich your ownership experience by personalising your vehicle of choice while enjoying a 20% discount offered on selected Jaguar Land Rover genuine accessories.

    If you’re a big Jaguar Land Rover fan, this is one promotion you don’t want to miss out on. For more information, you can contact SISMA Auto KL or SISMA Auto Utara.

    *Promotion is valid based on availability and applicable for selected models and units only. While stocks last.
    **Minimum two years or 100,000 km, and up to five years or 150,000 km, whichever occurs first. Terms and conditions apply.
    ***Based on whichever comes first. Warranty – 5 years or 150,000 km. Servicing – 5 years or 65,000 km, and 3 years or 60,000 km for the Land Rover Defender. Terms and conditions apply.

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  • Honda HR-V facelift launched in Malaysia – four variants, including Hybrid, from RM109k to RM125k

    Honda Malaysia has officially launched the Honda HR-V facelift, and the refreshed SUV – which was first previewed here in July last year – goes on sale here in four variant forms.

    Three are petrol units, the range starting with the base Grade E, followed by a Grade V, and topping out with the RS. The fourth variant is the HR-V Hybrid, with Malaysia being the only country besides Japan to retail the model.

    As previously reported, the mid-cycle rework introduces a number of exterior revisions, and changes include a new grille, featuring a thicker bar on which the Honda logo sits, along with new reflector-type full-LED headlamps, a reprofiled bumper and LED fog lamps. The rear end gets a new horizontal chrome link strip on the tailgate linking the tail lights, which now feature tube-type LED guides.

    The RS adds on a sportier outlook with darkened contrast elements such as dark chrome door handles, black chrome license garnish and gloss black side sills and black fog lamp garnish. It’s also slightly longer and wider than the standard variants and rides on 18-inch two-tone five-spoke wheels and 225/50 series tyres (the E, V and Hybrid ride on 17-inch alloys, wrapped with 215/55 tyres).

    Boot space – for all the petrol variants – is 437 litres with the rear seats up, increasing to 1,032 with the seats folded. The hybrid gets a slightly smaller boot, volume on this one being 404 litres with the rear seats up and 991 litres with the rear bench folded down. Unlike the petrol version, the hybrid doesn’t come with a spare tyre but a temporary tyre repair kit.

    No change to engine and transmission on the petrol versions, with the familiar 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine – offering 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4,300 rpm – and CVT continuing to hold court. The only mechanical addition of note is a new Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system, which is specific to the RS variant.

    As for the HR-V hybrid, it’s equipped with the automaker’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD (intelligent dual-clutch drive) powertrain as seen on the Jazz Hybrid. This combines an Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre twin-cam i-VTEC engine and a 22 kW (30 PS)/160 Nm electric motor, with a Blue Energy lithium-ion traction battery supplying power, the combo paired with a seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    The output from the mill itself is up from that seen on the Jazz, the unit delivering 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 156 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Combined with the output from the electric motor, the system produces a total output of 152 PS and 190 Nm, slightly higher than the petrol-only HR-V.

    As standard, all variants come equipped with smart entry/push button ignition, automatic air-conditioning, auto headlights, daytime running lights, cruise control, paddle shifters, steering wheel audio controls and four speakers for the audio system, among others.

    The Grade E and Hybrid feature halogen headlights (with manual levelling) and bulbed front fog lamps, and inside, a split-leather three-spoke steering wheel and black half-leather upholstery, along with a 6.8-inch audio system display screen.

    The V and RS adds on LED headlights (with auto levelling), LED front fog lamps and a different LED configuration to the tail lamps (guides instead of direct LEDs on the E and Hybrid). They also get a full leather steering wheel and full leather upholstery, finished in black in the case of the V and ivory in the RS, which also has dark grey contrast trim. Both variants also come with a 7.0-inch audio display screen and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

    In terms of safety, the HR-V now comes as standard with six airbags (dual front, side and side curtain), which was previously available only on the top V trim level on the pre-facelift. Also on, an emergency stop signal (ESS), vehicle stability assist (VSA) and hill start assist (HSA) and a multi-angle rearview camera as standard across the model range. The V and RS get a Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera.

    As for colours, five shades are available for the HR-V 1.8L E and V – these are a new Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Ruse Black Metallic. The RS gets three colours – Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic.

    The hybrid HR-V will also be available in three colours, but there’s no red in the mix, the choices being Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic.

    The HR-V facelift variants are priced as follows:

    • HR-V 1.8L E – RM108,800
    • HR-V 1.8L V – RM118,800
    • HR-V 1.8L RS – RM124,800
    • HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD – RM120,800

    All prices are on-the-road without insurance, and opting for the White Orchid Pearl adds on RM300 to the final price. Honda Malaysia continues to offer an eight-year warranty – with unlimited mileage – for the Hybrid battery.

    Three accessories packages are also available for the HR-V facelift, and these are a Modulo Package (RM5,737), Urban Package (RM1,716) and Utility Package (RM902).

    Here’s the complete list of specifications and equipment for the HR-V variants:

    Honda HR-V 1.8L Grade E

    Gets as standard:
    1.8 litre engine with 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4,300 rpm
    Continuously variable transmission
    17-inch alloys wheels with 215/55 profile tyres
    437 litres of cargo space, 1,032 litres with rear seats folded down

    Non-painted black front/rear lower bumpers and side sill
    Body coloured side mirror cover
    Body coloured outer door handle
    Halogen headlights, auto, manual levelling
    LED tail lamps (direct)
    Daytime running lights
    Bulbed front fog lamps
    Shark fin antenna
    Dark chrome licence plate garnish

    Smart entry/push button start
    Steering wheel audio controls
    Paddle shift
    Advanced multi-information combination meter
    Auto air-conditioning
    Cruise control
    Three-spoke steering wheel, split leather
    Half-leather black upholstery
    6.8-inch display audio system, four speakers
    HDMI/USB and hands-free telephone connectivity

    Six airbags (dual front, side, side curtain)
    Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
    ABS, EBD, automatic brake hold and hill start assist
    Isofix mount points
    Multi-angle rearview camera

    Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic

    Honda HR-V 1.5L Hybrid

    Gets as standard:
    Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre twin-cam i-VTEC engine with 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 156 Nm at 4,600 rpm.
    22 kW (30 PS)/160 Nm electric motor, with Blue Energy lithium-ion traction battery
    Sport Hybrid i-DCD system has a combined output of 152 PS and 190 Nm
    Seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission.
    404 litres of cargo space, 991 litres with rear seats folded down

    On top of the Grade E, adds on:
    Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) steering control switch
    Temporary tyre repair kit, in place of spare tyre

    Colours: White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic

    Honda HR-V 1.8L Grade V

    On top of the Grade E, adds on:
    LED headlights, auto levelling
    LED front fog lamps
    LED tail lamps (dual-tube guide style)
    Chrome outer door handle

    Full leather black upholstery
    Three-spoke steering wheel, full leather
    Eight-way adjustable powered driver’s seat
    7.0-inch display audio system
    LaneWatch camera

    Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic

    Honda HR-V 1.8L RS

    On top of the Grade V, adds on:
    Sports-type front grille
    Mesh-style front foglamp garnish
    Sports Black front/rear lower bumpers and side sill, side mirror cover
    Dark chrome outer door handle
    Black chrome licence plate garnish
    18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, 225/50 tyres

    Full leather ivory upholstery, dark-grey contrast trim
    Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system
    Sports pedal

    Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic

    GALLERY: Honda HR-V 1.8L RS

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  • FIRST LOOK: 2019 Perodua Aruz SUV – from RM73k

    The new Perodua Aruz SUV has finally been launched. Just two variants are available on offer, that being the 1.5 X (RM72,900) and 1.5 AV (RM77,900). Both come with a five-years or 150,000 km warranty package and are rated five stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash safety test.

    Under the bonnet, the sleek seven-seat SUV packs the familiar 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit that develops 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine features Dual VVT-i and Eco Idle (auto start-stop), which help it achieve the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status and a combined fuel economy rating of 15.6 kilometres per litre. A four-speed automatic gearbox is standard, which routes power to the rear wheels.

    As for the rest of the kit list, both variants get as standard 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, integrated SmartTAG, six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, VSC, hill start assist, hill descent control and Isofix child seat anchors on outer second-row seats.

    Safety-wise, the Aruz features Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 that’s exclusive to the 1.5 AV, which includes Pre-collision Warning, Pre-collision Braking, Front Departure Alert, Pedal Misoperation Control. This adds pedestrian detection (up to 50 km/h) and increases the operational speeds of Pre-Collision Warning to 100 km/h and Pre-Collision Braking to 80 km/h (from 30 km/h in the Myvi).

    For more information and detailed specifications about the Perodua Aruz, check out Alternatively, you can also refer to our detailed spec-by-spec comparison of the two available variants. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on the Aruz in the comments below.

    For further reading on the Perodua Aruz:

    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV

    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV with GearUp accessories

    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 X with GearUp accessories

    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 X

    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV official photos

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