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The cat’s out of Perodua’s bag

Since the name and specs leaked out, Perodua has opened the floodgates for maximum “Aruz”

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Dinesh Appavu

3 Jan 2019

Aruz as in flow… get it? But yes, since everyone pretty much ruined the surprise, Perodua has removed the embargo on its Aruz SUV and confirmed the prices too. It’ll start at RM72,200 for the X and rise to RM77,200 for the Advance trim with a five-year/150,000 km warranty tacked on.

As mentioned in the earlier piece, the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) from the Myvi Advance will be included in the Aruz Advance with a new update; pedestrian detection up to 50kph. Furthermore, the pre-collision warning now functions up to 100kph while the pre-collision braking will kick in up to 80kph. Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control remain unchanged.

Completing the active safety are the usual array of stability control, hill-start assist, six airbags and Isofix anchorage points that are standard on both trims and contribute to a five-star Asean NCAP rating.

As expected, the Aruz will be powered by the same Dual VVT-i 1.5-litre found in the Toyota Rush and built in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan. Perodua says the transmission will be an electronically-controlled automatic transmission that will be from the Rush as well. Eco Idle will give the Aruz a rated fuel efficiency of 15.6 km/l for EEV incentives.

LED headlights with an auto function on the Advance model are part of the redesigned front end while the rest of the kit comprises 17-inch two-tone alloys. Push start/stop is standard, as is keyless entry. The Advance does get fog lights and roof rails. Ground clearance will be 220mm.

Inside, it’s largely the familiar Rush interior with three rows of seats split into a 2:3:2 layout. The second row can be folded in a 60:40 ratio while the third is evenly cut down the middle in a 50:50 break. Both rows can slide, fold and tumble for a flexible seating configuration. USB charging ports are available for every row.

Perodua has also updated the seats with its anti-snatch hook to deter handbag thieves and fold-away utility hooks on the backs of the front seats.

Infotainment is courtesy of a touch-screen radio with reverse camera display. Air-conditioning is digital with vents for the rear passengers. Leather seats are standard for the seats and steering though the Advance gets extras such as HDMI, Smart Link, Bluetooth connectivity and navigation. A dashcam is standard too.

Five colours will be available; Ivory White, Glittering Silver, Electric Blue, Granite Grey and a new Amazon Green that’s the most striking of the lot. Perodua expects to sell 2,500 units monthly or 31,200 units for the year.