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Perodua Bezza – New Sedan to Launch with 1.0L and 1.3L Variants

Kon July 14, 2016 11:10

The much anticipated all-new sedan by Perodua will be called the Bezza, and will be offered with a selection of five variants with engines displacing 1.0 and 1.3 litres, each mated with manual and automatic transmissions respectively.

Pictures of pre-launch brochures and of the vehicles themselves seeped into social media yesterday, and we are now convinced of their authenticity having read exclusive pre-launch drive reports published this morning on the portals Careta.my and paultan.org.

In summary, the Bezza will be available in three trim levels. Following Perodua’s regular practice, the 1.0-litre Standard G and 1.3-litre Premium X models are each offered with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission, whilst the range-topping 1.3 Advance is an automatic-only offering.

The 1.0-litre model’s 3-cylinder engine is based on the one used in Axia, but it is here enhanced with intelligent variable valve timing, identified by the familiar VVT-i nomenclature used by Toyota.

Outputs are slightly improved over the Axia’s – 66PS to 68PS, 90Nm to 91Nm. Tipping the scales at 865kg with manual transmission, the Bezza 1.0 has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.4 litres/100km (test cycle unknown). The 15kg-heavier automatic version asks for 4.7 litres/100km.

The 1.3-litre model, meanwhile, utilizes an all-new dual VVT-i powerplant from Toyota’s NR-series 4-cylinder engine family. A 1.5-litre version of this engine will be introduced in an updated version of the Toyota Vios later this year.

Image source: Malaysia Design Studies FB page.

Compared to 91PS and 117Nm pushed out by the existing 1.3-litre K3-VE engine used in the Myvi, the Bezza’s powertrain generates a marginally improved 95PS and 121Nm.

Claimed fuel consumption is rated at 4.6 and 4.8 litres/100km for manual and automatic transmission respectively. The range-topping Advanced automatic-only model, which exclusively features auto start/stop, enjoys an improved 4.5 litres/100km.

Notable equipment in the Bezza includes smart keyless entry for all 1.3-litre variants. The Advance model additionally gets a multimedia head unit and reverse camera. Complementing an already-impressive 508-litre boot capacity, all variants enjoy the facility of 60:40 split-folding rear seats.

For safety, all variants of the Bezza get ABS and EBD as standard. For the first time in a Perodua, the Bezza will be offered with electronic stability control (VSC), albeit exclusive to the Advance model only.

The all-new Perodua Bezza will launch next Thursday, so stay tuned for more information.

About Kon

Prefering his cars to come with four disc brakes, independent rear suspension, and manual transmission, Kon prioritizes mechanical sophistication over outward appeal. Admires cars built to exceed the sum of their parts and appreciates vehicles engineered with integrity.


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