At the media preview of the Perodua Alza last year, a prototype of an ‘advanced? version was also displayed with extra accessories. At that time, it was said to be still under development and would go on sale in early 2010. Well, that special version is now in the showrooms and goes by the name of? you guessed it Alza Advanced.

The first five of 2,130 customers who had booked the Alza Advanced received their MPV this morning from Perodua MD Aminar Rashid Salleh at a simple ceremony held at the company?s flagship 3S centre in Subang, Selangor.

While having the same mechanical specifications as the other Alza versions (both manual and automatic transmissions are available), the Advanced version comes with extra features that add convenience, comfort and sportiness. Perodua expects to sell up to 800 units of the Alza Advanced monthly, which would be about 20% of total Alza sales.

Adding a deeper front airdam and skirting below the sills certainly makes the Alza look a little bit sportier and from the rear, the spoiler and extended bumper also identify it. Three body colours are available ? Purple, Black and non-metallic White (which will save you RM500 on the price).

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The extra features inside are leather upholstery, a GPS route navigation system and a reverse camera. Like the bodykit, all these items have been developed locally and supplied by local companies, with installation procedures set by Perodua to ensure that high quality is maintained.

The navigation system is a multimedia Lockatoo unit and has a special slot on the dashboard ahead of the steering wheel. The slot, which has hidden wiring, is in a mount which is attached to the top of the dashboard curvature, making for a very neat layout. It offers the usual features that you find in modern navigation systems and has a touch-screen for easy operation. We understand that Lockatoo, which runs on Windows CE,? will be updating the maps for Peninsular and East Malaysia frequently.

The reverse camera is tucked in the slot for the numberplate lights (shown in picture right below) and has a 150-degree coverage. While the compact size of the Alza may make it easy for most people to reverse and park it, the other benefit of having a real-time view of the area behind the car is for safety. There may be small children playing behind or a dustbin which is not visible and the camera image will alert the driver right away.

The Alza Advanced also comes with a high-grade tinted film on all glass panels. Fully compliant with regulations, this film is effective in cutting down heat transmission and does not prevent signals for the GPS or toll tags from passing through. It has a 5-year warranty which should give peace of mind to owners.

Prices for the Alza Advanced range from RM66,490 to RM69,990. The new version will be in Perodua showrooms this weekend when there will be a special event called the ‘Amazing Alza Day?. While stocks last, there will be mystery gift for everyone who test-drives an Alza.

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For information on other activities during the event, visit or call 1800-88-6600.

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