The new Perodua Aruz SUV is now open for booking pending its official launch soon. Even though we had our hands on the details earlier, we had decided to wait for the official word to publish; the internet was already full of the leaked info anyway.
Unsurprisingly, the Aruz is a 7-seater SUV and will be available in two variants, the 1.5 X and 1.5 AV, with prices expected around RM72,200 and RM77,200 respectively (on the road before insurance in Pen. Malaysia). There are five colours available – Ivory White, Glittering Silver, Electric Blue, Granite Grey and a new Amazon Green.
Yes, it is powered by a 1.5L Dual VVT-i engine paired with a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (E-AT). With Eco Idle, it claims a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 15.6 km/l, allowing it to be government-certified as an Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV). This powertrain is built in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan. If it sounds familiar, it’s because this is also found in a certain Toyota cousin which is coincidentally a 7-seater SUV.
“The Perodua Aruz is our fourth transformation model, setting new standards for us in quality, space, fuel efficiency and safety – the latter bolstered by a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating. With these qualities and more, the Perodua Aruz is among the best-value SUVs in Malaysia,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad said, adding that the vehicle comes with a five-year / 150,000 km warranty
(whichever comes first).
Both variants feature LED headlamps with follow-me-home function (auto lights on the AV / Advance variant), 17″ two-tone alloys, Smart Entry with Push Start/Stop Button, touchscreen radio with reverse camera display, digital air-con with two memory settings, air vents for the rear passengers, a built-in toll card reader, USB charging ports for all rows, anti-snatch bag hook, foldaway utility hooks and semi-bucket front seats.
The Advance variant adds fog lamps, roof rails, leather seats, ‘receive call’ button on steering wheel, HDMI port and digital video recorder as well as Smart Link, Bluetooth and navigation in its infotainment unit.
“The Perodua Aruz is perfect for families and those with active, aspirational lifestyles. The elevated driving position affords great visibility all round, while the abundance of space and flexible seating layouts make the vehicle extremely versatile and adaptable to any activity you wish to undertake,” Dato’ Zainal said. The Aruz has a ground clearance of 220 mm, so it would handle all but the most extreme of floods.
“The Perodua Aruz is expected to complement our existing product line-up and based on our value proposition, we expect sales of this new model to average 2,500 units monthly or 31,200 units by end-2019,” Dato’ Zainal added.
Safety-wise, the Aruz gets 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating with the inclusion of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), ISOFIX and six airbags, which are all standard across the range.
Furthermore, the Advance variant is fitted with an upgraded version of the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) active safety suite. ASA 2.0 adds pedestrian detection (up to 50 km/h) to the safety suite and increases the operational speeds of Pre-Collision Warning to 100 km/h and Pre-Collision Braking to 80 km/h. The safety suite continues to incorporate Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control.
“For more information on the Perodua Aruz, we welcome the public to speak with our authorised sales advisors at any of our sales outlets nationwide,” Dato’ Zainal said.
The Aruz will be in showrooms soon.