An all-new Perodua Myvi will be in the showrooms soon and going by the specs and features revealed today, it will be the most advanced Myvi ever offered. Since the first generation was launched in 2005, Perodua has been increasing its in-house capabilities to handle the design and engineering and with the latest Myvi, it states that 99.9% of the design was done by its own R&D team. Local content also keeps increasing with a large number of parts sourced from companies in Malaysia and even the engines and transmissions are manufactured at affiliated factories in Negeri Sembilan.

Bookings for the new Myvi are accepted at all showrooms from today and since potential customers will need to know something about the new model before they make a commitment with a downpayment, here’s an outline of the specs and features.

New 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engines are introduced. These are not just updated engines but from the new NR engine family which has Dual VVT-I (variable valve timing on inlet and exhaust ports). Improved performance with up to 20 kms per litre claimed for the 1.5-litre engine. Eco Idle feature available which switches off the engine in certain conditions when excessive idling would waste fuel. 5-speed manual and 4-speed electronic automatic transmissions available, carried over from the previous Myvi.

New 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engines and transmissiions are manufactured at affiliated factories in Negeri Sembilan

All variants now have LED headlamps with a ‘Follow Me Home’ function which keeps them on for a while to provide illumination ahead after you shut the doors and switch off the engine. The headlamps will also adjust automatically to the right level according to the load on board so that oncoming drivers are not dazzled. The doors can be locked an unlocked with a Smart Entry System and the engine started and switched off with just the press of a button.

This is all we are allowed to show you for now. All variants will have LED headlamps.

Size-wise, the new Myvi is longer, wider and lower and it sits on a platform which is not the same as the current Daihatsu Boon, on which the first generation Myvi was based. The new Myvi’s platform has been engineered to be better suited to local road conditions and also to provide better structural strength for better safety.

Talking of safety, Perodua expects the new Myvi to be able to score the maximum of 5 stars in ASEAN NCAP tests. ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) as well as Vehicle Stability Control are provided for all variants, not just the more expensive ones. However, only the 1.5-litre variants will have 6 airbags while the 1.3-litre variants will have 4 (front and sides).

The most impressive new feature is the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA), something which propels the Myvi way ahead in its class where safety is concerned. It’s a feature that is still only offered in more expensive models and by normal industry trends, it should not reach the entry-level segment so soon. However, Perodua must have worked very hard to bring the cost down so that it can be offered without a significant increase in prices.

ASA is a package of safety systems which can assist the driver to avoid accidents. The systems are Pre-Collision Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control.

Yes, you’ve probably heard about some of these terms with Mercedes-Benz models but now Myvi owners can also have the same advanced safety features. It should be noted, though, that such systems are intended to assist the driver and not enable faster driving or cornering. They should make a contribution to reducing accidents, especially since the Myvi is sold in very big numbers.

For those in the Klang Valley, there’s a chance to get the first ‘glimpse’ of the new Myvi at the 2017 Malaysia Autoshow which will be on from November 9 to 12 at the MAEPS in Serdang, outside Kuala Lumpur. But just so you won’t be disappointed, we have been told that Perodua will only show parts of the new car as the actual launch will take place a bit later on.

As mentioned earlier, books are accepted from today and if you already booked a unit of the previous model (which is already sold out) but find that the new one is so appealing that you prefer it, you can switch your booking. According to Dato’ Dr. Zahari Husin, MD of Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd, customers who have booked the previous generation and wish to change to the new one or even another Perodua model may do so. “However, as the new Myvi will not be offered with any discount, they would pay more since we offered discounts for the remaining stocks of the previous model,” he added.

On why Perodua is not launching the new model right away, Dato’ Dr. Zahari said that the company wants to build up sufficient stocks first although production already commenced a month ago. “From past experience, we know that there will be a surge in bookings in the initial months after a new model is launched and we want to make sure that we can deliver the new cars within the time-frame promised to customers which is not long. In fact, we expect to start deliveries from the second day after the official launch and will try to maintain the same time-frame consistently,” he said.

On a final note, the all-new Myvi has a new product logo which is rather futuristic – like something out of Star Trek! While the original Myvi made reference to it being Perodua’s sixth model (the ‘VI’ part being the Latin numerals for ‘6’), the latest Myvi has a new reference: Modern technology, Youthful design, Versatile space and Intelligent Safety.

“The all-new Myvi represents everything we stand for at Perodua. It is the culmination of years of hard work and manufacturing experience, listening to our customers and continuously improving our products based on their feedback,” said Perodua’s CEO & President, Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh.

To locate a showroom to get more information or make a booking and be among the first to own the new Myvi, visit www.perodua.com.my.

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