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What You Need To Know About Perodua Alza 2022

Almost 13 years after its introduction, the Perodua Alza 2022 has finally received its second generation. 

The seven-seat minivan has been completely redesigned with a completely new platform, radically different design,  more advanced engine and transmission, and a host of new technologies. Here are ten things you need to know about it. And more information you can search on Wapcar automotive news.

It’s based on the Toyota Avanza/Veloz

Whereas the previous Alza was based on the Japanese-market Daihatsu Boon While the previous Alza was based on the Japanese market’s Daihatsu Boon Luminas and Toyota Passo Sette, the new model shares its platform with the latest Toyota Avanza/Veloz and Daihatsu Xenia. All three use the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), which is also the foundation of the Ativa SUV. 

This facilitates Avanza’s transition from a semi-solid model to a fully seamless model; it also means that the car is now front-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive, with a torsion beam replacing the outdated live axle. All this brings Toyota closer to the Alza, which looks more like a touring car. 

Like all existing Peroduas, the new Alza was built in Rawang at the Perodua Global Manufacturing (PGMSB) plant. Under the contract with UMW Toyota Motor, the company is also set to produce the Veloz, similar to how it produces the Rush along with the closely related Aruz. While the Alza occupies the bottom end of the MPV market,  Veloz replaces the Avanza as a more premium, feature-packed option.

It gets an electronic parking brake

Another first from Perodua is the inclusion of an electronic parking brake (EPB), operated by a lever located behind the gear lever. Along with that is the addition of an automatic brake hold feature that, as the name suggests, holds the brake when you come to a stop, allowing you to take your foot off the brake. 

This feature also allows ACC to come to a complete stop when following the vehicle in front. Perodua calls this the Stop, Hold/Track function, but it is also known as the stop and go or low-speed tracking. The EPB, which is another proprietary AV, requires rear disc brakes.

Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, standard AEB

The new Alza is the third Perodua to feature the latest Perodua Intelligent Driver Assistance System (PSDA), following the upgraded Ativa and  Myvi. All models come with an Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) base package that includes Pre-Collision Braking (PCB, also known as Automatic Emergency Braking or AEB), Pedal Misalignment Control (PMC) and Forward Departure Warning; as well as Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP, also known as Lane Keeping Assist) and Automatic High Beam (AHB). 

The AV is the only model with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Control (LKC, also known as Lane Centering Assist) to provide semi-autonomous driving capabilities. 2, as well as blind spot monitoring. There are six airbags meeting the standard that is equipped within the car.

It’s got Android Auto

Each variant of the Alza has a different kind of infotainment. The entry-level version X has a very basic radio that takes up the space where the touchscreen is, with USB and Bluetooth connectivity (but no steering wheel audio controls). Upgrade to H and you’ll get a nine-inch touchscreen, which runs on the same interface as the upgraded Ativa and Myvi 2022. The top-end AV also has a nine-inch touchscreen, but it appears to be a completely different unit with a row of touch buttons on the right side. It’s not listed in the specs sheet, but paultan.org reports that the system supports wired Android Auto, but oddly no Apple CarPlay. This makes Alza the first Malaysian car to have this feature right from the factory.

It gets the Myvi’s engine and D-CVT

All variants are powered by the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter Dual VVT-i 2NR-VE four-cylinder engine, sourced from  Myvi. It produces 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque, which is sent to the front wheels via Daihatsu’s Dual Mode CVT (D-CVT), which utilizes both belt drive and gearbox to maximize efficiency. 

Perodua claims fuel consumption of 22 km/liter with the Eco Idle engine start/stop system activated. This was recorded on the Malaysian New Driving Cycle (MDC), which the company says reflects local driving conditions. That’s obviously very optimistic, though – the car’s 18.9 kilometers per liter on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is inherently generous, according to paultan.org.

Windscreen RFID tag comes as standard

Another feature not mentioned in the datasheet is the inclusion of an RFID tag for fee payments as standard, allowing users to dispense with the Touch `n Go’s RM35 self-device. The sticker is located in the upper left corner of the windshield; It remains to be seen whether this position performs better than the left headlight – which TnG recommends – and reduces the cases of failed readings.  

Perodua has been very proactive in adding direct toll payment technologies to its cars – it supplied the third-generation Myvi with an integrated SmartTAG reader in 2017 – and here’s another example. Unfortunately, this  SmartTAG reader is still Myvi-specific, so it’s either RFID or bust.

It’s available with a 360-degree camera

The 360-degree camera system is also AV-only, using cameras mounted on the grille, tailgate and exterior mirrors. The feeds from these cameras are combined to provide a top-down view of the vehicle’s surroundings, making it easier to park Alza’s car. Instead, the H variant comes with a rearview camera, while the base X has rear view sensors.

It’s available with a 7-inch instrument display

Like the Ativa, the Aruz has a seven-inch TFT LCD  display, although it is only available on the H and AV models. It appears to have a similar design, with customizable layouts including a new disc-shaped tachometer. The display will offer the same features as Ativa, such as reminders for birthdays and even anniversaries. A separate fractional LCD speedometer is on the right side.

It comes with a front dash cam

Like the Ativa and Myvi, the Alza is provided with a driving video recorder (DVR),  commonly referred to as a dash cam. Again, this is only offered on the top-end AV variant. Like other models, this device will support resolutions up to 1440p.

Matrix LED headlights with Adaptive Driving Beam

Both the H and AV models feature matrix LED headlights, which use multiple diodes for the high beam. This activates the Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB), which uses the camera on the windshield to detect oncoming vehicles and turns off individual LEDs to block certain parts of the beam. This feature first appeared on Ativa, allowing high beams to be turned on at all times without blinding other drivers. 

Also from Ativa, sequential LED indicators create a nice scrolling effect when signaling left or right. Unfortunately, the Alza doesn’t have LED daytime running lights fitted to the upgraded Myvi (you can add them as part of the GearUp Prime body kit, which costs RM2,500), although you do get fog lights instead. 

Perodua Alza 2022 pricing

Like the Ativa, the Alza comes in three variants, X, H, and AV, with prices significantly higher than the outgoing model. This isn’t an apple-to-apple comparison, however – old car development has long since been abandoned to allow for low starting prices and new cars to not only be built on modern platforms but also comes with new engines and transmission combinations and a wide range of kits and technologies. Below are the official road prices in Peninsular Malaysia, including sales and service tax (SST) and without insurance:

1.5L X — RM62,500

1.5L H — RM68,000

1.5L AV — RM75,500

Even with the necessary extra costs, the new Alza represents excellent value for money – especially if the Myvi and Ativa are too small for you – all models feature the same powertrain and plenty of the same safety kit. It’s also larger than before, offering 137 liters of cargo space with all seats  (compared to just 83 liters on the old car) and 498 liters (versus 348 liters) while the third row is folded by passengers. Now you also get rear air conditioning. 

The X looks pretty basic but should meet most people’s needs, and it offers at least  Bluetooth connectivity.  AV with Level 2 semi-autonomous driving and Android Auto functionality are quite expensive, but still a great option for those looking for more – and best of all, it costs two thousand ringgit less than an equivalent (and possibly much less refined) Aruz.

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