All-New Perodua Axia Open For Booking
After a slew of leaks, Perodua has officially confirmed that all of its authorised showrooms will be accepting bookings for the all-new Perodua Axia. The last time this little hatch was refreshed was back in 2019.
The new model is a project under the Perodua Smart Build (PSB) programme so it is part of a global production and component chain. A comparable model would be the Daihatsu Ayla or Toyota Agya. There will be 4 variants available i.e. Axia G, Axia X, Axia SE and Axia AV, all of which will be equipped with Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, and anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution as standard.
The top 2 variants (SE and AV) will enjoy a ‘power’ mode, LED daylight running lights, solar and security film, and semi-bucket seats with detachable headrests. Further, the range-topping Axia AV will exclusively include a 7″ TFT multi-info display, 9″ multimedia touchscreen and semi-leather seats in two-tone finish, as well as 6 airbags. It is unsure if the multimedia system will include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity but there is a high chance it should.
The all-new Axia will run with a 1.0L engine with D-CVT (dual mode continuously variable transmission). For comparison’s sake, the 2019 Axia’s engine produces 69 PS and 91 Nm. Perodua claims that the new model will be more efficient than its predecessor, with the ability to travel 27.4 km on 1 litre of fuel, based on the new Malaysian driving cycle test. Furthermore, based on the New European Driving Cycle standard, the all-new Axia can achieve 23.2 km/l (vs 21.6 km/l for the current Axia). The new model will also come with Perodua Smart Drive Assist, a first for an entry level car. This is basically a suite of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) which includes such features like collision prevention, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, etc. If Perodua keeps to its current trend, the full suite would only be available in the top of the range model i.e. AV. But we would only know later on.
The all-new Axia will have 5 colour choices i.e. Granite Grey, Lava Red, Glittering Silver, Ivory White and Coral Blue (a new colour). Perodua is expecting the Axia to retail between RM38,600 and RM49,500 (in Peninsular Malaysia, without insurance), and is working hard to keep to this pricing.
According to Perodua President & CEO, Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad, the company wants to offer a model with a wide range particularly for entry level car buyers. As such, he said Perodua will also continue to offer a manual variant of the Axia.