Effectively, right here’s an attention-grabbing little bit of rumour. If that in a analysis observe by an funding financial institution is to be believed, Perodua is claimed to be working in direction of introducing a brand new sedan this yr. In line with the RHB Funding Financial institution report, the mannequin is known to be a next-gen alternative for the present D63D Bezza, which was launched in 2016 and facelifted in 2020.
Sounds intriguing, however let’s have a look at how actual the suggestion might be. We do know that the nationwide carmaker is because of launch a brand new full mannequin change (FMC) car this yr, and every part thus far factors to the all-new Axia, with the D74A mentioned to be set for a mid-February Malaysian launch.
This timeline has been bolstered with phrase from the gross sales community that sellers are speeding to clear present Axia shares, and that no new models could be coming from the manufacturing facility this month.
Given P2’s traditional introduction strategy of launching one FMC and one facelift per yr, the doubtless state of affairs for 2023 must be the debut of the Axia and the arrival of a facelift, doubtless that for the Aruz, which is the oldest mannequin within the automaker’s vary.
A brand new Bezza, if it follows the development adopted for the present mannequin, which is a sedan primarily based on the Axia, ought to take a while to come back about. Should you comply with the traditional cycle, that must be someday subsequent yr, which is a yr behind the Axia.
Until, in fact, the brand new Perodua sedan improvement is already extra superior than we thought, working alongside the traces of a Perodua model of the fourth-gen Toyota Vios. Earlier this month, Daihatsu filed patent images of an unnamed sedan, which bears a hanging resemblance to the Vios, with Indonesia’s Directorate Normal of Mental Property (DGIP). It was rumoured Perodua had a hand in growing the Vios, so this concept may maintain some water.
If an all-new Bezza does seem this yr, it’s going to doubtless be made underneath the premise of a value improve. Going into 2023, the automaker mentioned it might maintain prices of its models, however a totally recent mannequin would enable it the power to redefine pricing.
Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless an extended wait listing for the Bezza, with excessive demand from patrons to be used as taxis and Seize automobiles, so bringing a couple of new – and probably costlier – automobile received’t precisely be a straightforward, straight up affair. As of January 11, the ready interval for a Bezza 1.0 G automated – for orders made as much as December 2022 – might stretch so long as 7.5 months, the shortest being for the 1.0 G handbook, at 6.5 months.