In a rather surprising bit of news, Perodua has decided to update their range of Axia models with features and a few new variants for 2019, and while they haven't officially been launched, bookings are now open. The 1.0-litre powertrain - available with either four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions - remains the same. Five years on and the Axia remains a very popular model, but with these updates it certainly raises the bar for an entry level car.
The AV variant is one that some may recognize from the Myvi and Aruz, and as the name suggests, it is an Axia that comes packaged with Perodua's Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 (ASA 2.0). The suite of driver assist systems includes pedestrian detection at speeds of up to 50 km/h, pre-collision warning at up to 100 km/h, pre-collision braking at up to 80 km/h, as well as front departure alert and pedal misoperation control.
On top of that, the GXtra variant and up get VSC, or vehicle stability control, a feature that many Malaysians are quickly expecting in any new car on the market. With the exception of the base E variant, all Axias come with ABS and EBD. The STYLE variant is on the price list, but Perodua is tight lipped as to what the actual model carries in terms of equipment. All that's known is that it's a little less efficient on fuel at 20.8 km/litre, compared to 21.6 km/litre in the automatic variants and 22.5 km/litre in the manual variants.
Par for the course with Perodua, the 2019 Axia is offered with a five-year, 150,000 kilometre warranty - whichever comes first. The price list for the various Axia variants is as follows:
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