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  • 2019 Perodua Aruz SUV launched in Malaysia – seven seats; ASA 2.0; two variants; RM72,900 and RM77,900

    The Perodua Aruz makes its official launch debut today, and marks the national carmaker’s return to the SUV segment after the Nautica and Kembara. Customers will get two variants of the seven-seater to choose from, with the 1.5X being priced at RM72,900, while the range-topping 1.5 Advance (AV) goes for RM77,900 – prices are on-the-road without insurance.

    Only one engine option is available for both Aruz variants – a 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.

    Equipped with Dual VVT-i and Eco Idle (auto start-stop), Perodua claims the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) engine has a fuel economy of 15.6 km/l. If the engine seems familiar, it is the same one that you’ll also find in the latest Myvi and Toyota Rush.

    A four-speed automatic gearbox is standard regardless of which variant you pick, with drive going to the rear wheels. This setup is similar to what you’ll get with the Rush and the Indonesian-spec Daihatsu Terios, which the Aruz shares a lot in common with.

    Where it differs from its cousins is in terms of styling, noticeably at the front grille where the Aruz has an extra slat, with the third bar acting as the signature “wing” to the Perodua badge. The chrome bar also links the LED daytime running lights within the standard LED headlamps, which are more pronounced with “double lines” compared to those on the Rush.

    The Aruz’s lower apron is unique too, as it is more reserved in appearance compared to the Rush, which carries quite a number of add-ons for a more rugged look – the 1.5 X gets a black “front diffuser,” while it is body coloured on the 1.5 AV. Moving towards the rear, the Perodua model is similar to the Rush, with wrap-around LED combination taillights that are joined by a two-tier trim pieces in gloss black and chrome.

    Inside, the Aruz is significantly different from Rush as it gets its own dashboard design. Silver trim pieces help to frame the centre stack, and are also used to highlight the shape of the air vents. You’ll also spot Perodua’s own seven-inch infotainment head unit and controls for the single-zone manual air-conditioning system (with second-row blower) – standard fitment on both variants.

    As for the rest of the kit list, both variants come as standard with 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.

    The 1.5 AV naturally gets more goodies, including automatic on-off functionality for the headlamps, front fog lamps, roof rails, leather upholstery (fabric on the 1.5 X), leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob (urethane on the 1.5 X), piano black dashboard and door trim with chrome highlights, SmartLink functionality for the head unit and an integrated driving video recorder (DVR).

    Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite is also exclusive to the 1.5 AV, which includes Pre-collision Warning, Pre-collision Braking, Front Departure Alert, Pedal Misoperation Control.

    While these systems are similar to what you’ll get with the Myvi, the Aruz’s active safety suite 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) – ASA 2.0 is similar in spec to the Rush’s Pre-Collision System. The Aruz has been certified with a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

    Perodua Aruz 1.5 X

    Other details? The Aruz can be ordered in one of five colours – Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver, Ivory White (solid) and Amazon Green – the last one being a new colour for Perodua. A five-year/150,000 km warranty accompanies each purchase.

    Also on offer is a range of Gear Up accessories for – the Utility package includes door visors, a luggage tray and coil mats for RM450, which is RM50 cheaper than if the items are purchase separately.

    For more information and detailed specifications about the Perodua Aruz, check out CarBase.my. 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.

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    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV

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  • Perodua Aruz SUV – GearUp accessories detailed

    Plenty of details have been revealed with the launch of the new Perodua Aruz, and one of them is the GearUp range of accessories for the seven-seater SUV. While the list is a little shorter than on other Perodua models – there’s no bodykit, for example – a number of aesthetic and functional parts still remain.

    For the outside, Perodua is offering a set of door visors priced at RM160, while chrome scuff plates for the front and rear door sills retail at RM150. Similarly, the RM160 rear bumper protector guards against scratches caused by loading items into the boot, where you’ll also be able to fit a RM140 luggage tray.

    Inside, there are coil floor mats priced at RM200, as well as a RM785 infant child seat and a RM975 toddler seat, both of which are ISOFIX-compliant. Those who would like reduced noise while driving may also purchase insulation for the bonnet and doors, and these are priced at RM80 and RM455 respectively.

    Lastly, there’s a Bluetooth tyre pressure monitoring system that can be monitored using a smartphone app, retailing at RM430. Perodua is also offering a Utility Package which bundles the door visors, coil mats and luggage tray, priced at RM450.

    The Perodua Aruz is priced at RM72,900 for the 1.5X and RM77,900 for the 1.5AV, both on-the-road without insurance. Browse full specifications and equipment on CarBase.my.

    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

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  • Perodua Aruz against budget seven-seater SUV rivals in Malaysia – where does it stand in size, power, kit?

    The Perodua Aruz SUV has just been launched in Malaysia, marking the national carmaker’s big leap back into the SUV market. With seven seats and prices starting from RM72,900, it’s an attractive prospect for many families, but how does it compare to its rivals – the Honda BR-V and Toyota Rush? Luckily for you, we’ve got a side-by-side comparison table with key stats of all three cars.

    As you’d expect, the Aruz’s numbers are carbon copies of those of the Rush – not surprising, given that they are pretty much the same vehicle. Both measure 4,435 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,705 mm tall, and ride on the same 2,685 mm wheelbase.

    What’s more, they both utilise body-on-frame construction and are powered by the same powertrain – a 1.5 litre 2NR-VE four-cylinder petrol engine with Dual VVT-i, making 104 hp and 136 Nm of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission transmits drive to the rear wheels on both models.

    It’s a different story for the BR-V. The Honda is resolutely a more conventional proposition, being based on a passenger car (in this case, the A-segment Brio) with a monocoque body and front-wheel drive. Even so, it’s actually bigger than the others – measuring 4,453 mm long and 1,735 mm wide, the BR-V is 18 mm longer and 40 mm wider, although it’s 39 mm lower (1,666 mm) and has a 23 mm shorter wheelbase (2,662 mm).

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    The BR-V’s similarly-sized i-VTEC mill also makes a bit more power – 119 hp and 145 Nm to be precise – and it’s paired to a CVT. However, it loses out on the safety front, as it only has two airbags against the six of the other two (it does have stability control). The Honda also doesn’t get the Perodua and Toyota’s optional driver assists, which include Pre-Collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misapplication Control.

    As for pricing, the Aruz is the cheapest of the lot, and it gets LED headlights, keyless entry, a digital air-con display with memory, a rear air-con blower and an integrated Touch ‘n Go reader (i.e. SmartTAG) as standard. Even the top-spec 1.5 AV model retails at just RM77,900, and for that you get auto lights, fog lights, leather seats, a dash cam and all the aforementioned safety systems.

    The BR-V is next on the list, with prices starting from RM80,989 for the 1.5E; the RM87,701 1.5V adds front fog lights, keyless entry, auto air-con, leather seats and a reverse camera. While prices for the Rush have yet to be finalised, it is by far and away the most expensive of the trio, at an estimated RM93,000 for the 1.5G and RM98,000 for the 1.5S.

    Equipment on the Rush largely mirrors the Aruz, but there are a few additions to justify the circa-RM20k price premium. All models get auto air-con, and the 1.5S also gains blind spot monitoring and a Panoramic View Monitor. Browse full specifications and equipment of the new Perodua Aruz on CarBase.my.

    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

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  • 2019 Perodua Aruz SUV – complete spec-by-spec list

    The cat is finally out of the bag. Perodua has launched its first ever SUV, the Aruz, with prices starting from RM72,900 for the entry-level X variant to RM77,900 for the top-spec AV. Both models are rated five stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash safety test, and each purchase comes with a five-year or 150,000 km warranty package.

    The X and AV models are mechanically identical, with motive power coming from a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated 2NR-VE Dual VVT-i engine. The obvious difference here is their respective equipment list, and to make the buying decision easier for you, we’ve prepared a complete spec-by-spec list to detail the differences. So, without further ado.

    Perodua Aruz 1.5 X – RM72,900
    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5 litre 2NR-VE Dual VVT-i engine
    • 1,496 cc naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol
    • 105 PS at 6,000 rpm, 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm
    • Four-speed torque converter automatic transmission
    • Eco Idle automatic engine start/stop
    • 15.6 km per litre fuel consumption
    • Body-on-frame construction

    Exterior

    • LED headlights with follow-me-home function
    • 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels
    • Silver rear number plate garnish
    • Keyless entry
    • Power-folding door mirrors with electric adjustment

    Interior

    • Seven seats with second-row slide, recline and tumble functions
    • Fabric upholstery
    • Urethane multifunction steering wheel, tilt adjustment only
    • Single-zone manual air-conditioning with digital display, memory function
    • Second-row air-conditioning blower
    • Push-button start
    • 7.0-inch touchscreen head unit
    • Integrated toll reader (SmartTAG)
    • First- and second-row USB ports, third-row 12-volt socket
    • Full-sized spare tyre

    Safety

    • Six airbags (dual front, side, curtain)
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist
    • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
    • Hill start assist
    • Hill descent control
    • Emergency stop signal
    • Seat belt reminders for all seven seats
    • ISOFIX child seat anchors on outer second-row seats

    Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV – RM77,900
    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • Automatic headlights
    • Front fog lights
    • Roof rails
    • Front and rear skid plates
    • Chrome rear number plate garnish

    Interior

    • Leather upholstery
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with Bluetooth call button
    • Leather-wrapped gear knob
    • Piano black dashboard and door trim with chrome highlights
    • SmartLink smartphone screen mirroring via HDMI port
    • Integrated Driving Video Recorder (DVR) dash cam

    Safety

    • Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0
    • Pre-collision Warning with pedestrian detection
    • Pre-collision Braking with pedestrian detection
    • Front Departure Alert
    • Pedal Misoperation Control




    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

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  • 2019 Perodua Aruz – ASA 2.0 features detailed, now with higher operating speeds and pedestrian detection

    The new Perodua Aruz isn’t short on safety kit, with both variants in the line-up featuring 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.

    The SUV also features the automaker’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) safety suite, now in version 2.0 form, and exclusive to the high-spec 1.5 Advance (AV) version.

    The system follows on that seen on the Myvi, and although it has a 2.0 suffix there is no change to the components grouped in it, with Pre-collision Warning (PCW), Pre-collision Braking (PCB), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC), all working with the assistance of a forward-facing stereo camera, continuing on. But while the cast may be the same, improvements in performance are to be found – its specifications mirrors that of the Toyota Rush‘s Pre-Collision System.

    Pre-collision Warning, as its name suggests, warns when a collision is about to happen and alerts the driver through a buzzer warning before an impending crash. On the Myvi, the system works between four km/h and 30 km/h, but on the Aruz the operational speed has been increased, now working from four km/h to 100 km/h.

    That’s for vehicles – new to the PCW on the Aruz is pedestrian recognition. As such, the system now also activates in the case of a potential collision with pedestrians, at speeds of between four km/h to 50 km/h.

    Should the driver not respond to the PCW’s audio visual warning by braking or steering away, Pre-collision Braking takes over by automatically braking the car. Also known as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), the system provides two-stage braking intervention, first applying weak primary braking amd then hard secondary stage braking as distances close.

    For vehicles, the PCB operates from four km/h to 80 km/h for vehicles and from four km/h to 50 km/h for pedestrians. The automaker says that at speeds of up to 30 km/h (an improvement of 10 km/h over the Myvi), the system will help the Aruz avoid a crash completely. At medium speeds (30 to 80 km/h for vehicles, 30 to 50 km/h for pedestrians), the system cannot prevent crashes from occuring completely but trims enough speed to help in mitigating accidents.

    As for FDA and PMC, these continue with their scope unchanged. Front Departure Alert informs you when the car in front has departed in a traffic jam or queue by buzzing an alert. It’s activated once you get within 10 metres of the car in front. Once in line, the buzzer will sound if the gap exceeds three metres and the driver fails to react.

    Meanwhile, Pedal Misoperation Control provides an override of engine output in cases where the system detects an object (for example, a wall) in front of the vehicle, within a four metre distance. It will not allow the car to accelerate forward, and engine output control will continue for up to eight seconds. The system helps prevent the accidental stepping of the wrong pedal (gas instead of brakes) in parking situations, which can result in a mishap.

    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

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  • Perodua Aruz SUV – 2,200 bookings made since Jan 3

    Since the order books opened for the Perodua Aruz just after the new year, the company’s seven-seater SUV has since garnered 2,200 bookings from Jan 3, when its name was also confirmed. Modest it may seem, though the Aruz has only been available to book for just under two weeks thus far.

    Available in two variants, the 1.5 X and the 1.5 AV, the Aruz will be priced at RM72,900 and RM77,900 respectively and is based on the latest Toyota Rush and Daihatsu Terios. Priced approximately RM20k below its Toyota sibling, the Aruz also undercuts the Honda BR-V in the B-segment seven-seater stakes, with the latter priced between RM81k and RM88k.

    The sole powertrain option for the Perodua Aruz is the 2NR-VE Dual VVT-i 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 105 PS and 136 Nm of torque, with a four-speed automatic transmission sending drive to the rear wheels. Six airbags, VSC, hill start assist and Isofix child seat mounts are standard fitment across the board for the ASEAN NCAP five-star rated car.

    Standard kit on this seven-seater includes LED headlamps with follow-me-home function, 17-inch two-tone alloys, second-row air-con vents, keyless entry and push start, Myvi-style built-in Touch n Go reader and a touch-screen head unit with reverse camera, and more. For more info, read our full launch report, here.




    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV

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    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 X with GearUp accessories

    GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 X

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  • Proton X70 – 15,000 bookings, 2,000 units delivered

    Customer interest in the Proton X70 continues unabated, with the national automaker having received more than 15,000 bookings for the SUV since it was officially launched on December 12 last year. To date, over 2,000 units have been delivered to customers in the five weeks since the car was introduced, and the company says that it is working to accelerate the delivery rate in the coming months.

    “Proton is very thankful for the support Malaysians have shown for the X70 and we are repaying their faith by trying to deliver units as quickly as we can. This is the start the company was looking for and we hope to keep the momentum going for our other activities throughout the year,” said Proton deputy CEO Datuk Radzaif Mohamed.

    Presently, the X70 is being sold as a fully imported (CBU) model from China, and is available in four variants with prices starting from RM99,800. Local assembly (CKD) of the SUV is slated to begin around October 2019 once plant expansion initiatives at Proton’s Tanjung Malim site are completed.

    The national carmaker had announced last year that it will be investing RM1.2 billion to upgrade its Tanjung Malim facility, which will produce the X70 and next-generation Proton models.

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  • New national car project – to be fully powered by LPG?

    The third national car project could see the eventual vehicle emerge to be fully powered by liquid petroleum gas (LPG), if a local company has its way. The New Straits Times reports that Astana City Group is looking at heading down that route, bringing to the table technology that enables cars to use LPG.

    According to Astana City MD Nik Mohd Fareez Nik Ahmad Azman, the company has submitted a proposal on the project to the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI) via its Thai partner, Pap Econ. Among the benefits of LPG is its ability to reduce carbon emissions by 20% compared to petrol, he said. “Take Japan, for example. Their government has made it compulsory for taxis to use LPG. This is because it is much more cost-effective and causes less environmental pollution,” he said.

    The prototype for the third national car is expected to surface in the first quarter of this year, and Astana City Group’s long-term plans include the construction of LPG refuelling stations nationwide, which will create further economic opportunities for locals, he said.

    The company has sent applications to the government for the construction of said LPG stations and is now awaiting response, Nik Mohd Fareez said. “If the government agrees to our application, we plan to cooperate with Mara and Petronas in terms of acquiring manpower and launching the stations,” he added.

    Last week, the entrepreneur development ministry was said to have approved approximately RM20 million in funding for the new national car project (NNCP), which minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said were sourced from existing grants that have already been approved. Redzuan has since clarified that the RM20 million sum secured was not just for the new national car prototype, and that it is part of he allocation for the ministry’s research and development as a whole.