Here’s the newest version of the country’s best selling cars – the 2018 Perodua Myvi. It goes without saying that it is the most anticipated new car here in the local market, eagerly awaited by just about everybody. There have been numerous websites featuring renderings of just about every conceivable variations, from the mildly amusing to the downright absurd, from a staid unassuming Clark Kent look to a no-holds barred pedal-to-the-metal all guns blazing personality. Suffice to say that in the end it all pans out delightfully.
The visual styling revolves around an original, newly-penned design introduced by Perodua. Based on a massively modified platform belonging to the previous Myvi, the new version has a much more generous dimensions all around – longer wheelbase, an MPV like profile, plus an entirely more refined appearance altogether. You could call it the Myvi’s coming of age model. The front end while keeping certain aspects of the familial lineage intact carries a more mature persona. This test car also features a complete Gear-up exterior add-ons which adds a touch of sportiness to the new Myvi.
According to Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh, president and CEO of Perodua, “The all-new Myvi is the first Perodua model to have an upper body designed completely in-house, without foreign input. Not only is this a testament to our technology partner Daihatsu’s confidence in our abilities, it also allows the car to be tailored to suit the needs and wants that are unique to Malaysians.”
On the inside, the new Myvi pretty much adheres to the current convention in interior design, keeping things nice and simple. The dashboard fascia looks neat and uncluttered, while the multimedia system touchscreen looks the part, dominating the center console and also oozing that premium-esque feel. The roomy cabin, considerably roomier than the model it replaces radiates that cocooning ambience which is quite remarkable for a small car.
The features on this test car – the 1.5 High AT model, includes LED headlamps with auto off and follow-me-home functions, LED tail lamps, keyless entry with push start, digital air-con controls with two memory settings, 60:40 split folding rear seats and reverse sensors, Built-in toll reader (integrated SmartTAG), Six airbags (dual front, front sides, curtains), ABS, EBD and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as standard. There’s also a seat belt reminder for all five seats, plus 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and 185/55R15 Goodyear Assurance TripleMax tyres.
The 1.5 liter dual VVT-I engine has a max output of 102 hp at 6000rpm and 136 Nm at 4200rpm and gets delivered to the front wheels via a four speed automatic gearbox. On the safety side the new Perodua Myvi satisfies EEV standards in compliance with Euro 4 regulations. It also has a new ‘Eco Idle’ system, aerodynamic design and overall technological improvements provide a cleaner and more economical drive. On the safety side for your peace of mind, the new Myvi is built to meet international safety standards .
The drive itself was indeed enjoyable not the least the admiring stares and looks we received along the way. Everything works just as it should and it was yet another reminder of why the Myvi has been the country’s best selling cars for years.
The new Perodua Myvi 1.5 High AT is priced at RM51, 800 and comes with a 5-year / 150,000 km warranty. Visit your nearest Perodua showroom and test it out today, or you can click www.perodua.com.my for more info.
Perodua Myvi 1.5 High AT
1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine (2NR-VE)
102 hp at 6,000 rpm
136 Nm at 4,200 rpm
Combined fuel economy:
20.1 km per litre