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.