Properly, right here’s an attention-grabbing little bit of rumour. If that in a analysis be aware by an funding financial institution is to be believed, Perodua is alleged to be working in direction of introducing a brand new sedan this 12 months. In accordance 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 could possibly be. We do know that the nationwide carmaker is because of launch a brand new full mannequin change (FMC) automobile this 12 months, and every part to this point factors to the all-new Axia, with the D74A mentioned to be set for a mid-February Malaysian launch.
This timeline has been strengthened with phrase from the gross sales community that sellers are speeding to clear current Axia shares, and that no new models can be coming from the manufacturing facility this month.
Given P2’s typical introduction technique of launching one FMC and one facelift per 12 months, the probably situation for 2023 ought to be the debut of the Axia and the arrival of a facelift, probably that for the Aruz, which is the oldest mannequin within the automaker’s vary.
A brand new Bezza, if it follows the pattern adopted for the present mannequin, which is a sedan primarily based on the Axia, ought to take a while to come back about. When you observe the traditional cycle, that ought to be someday subsequent 12 months, which is a 12 months behind the Axia.
Until, in fact, the brand new Perodua sedan growth is already extra superior than we thought, working alongside the strains of a Perodua model of the fourth-gen Toyota Vios. Earlier this month, Daihatsu filed patent photographs of an unnamed sedan, which bears a putting resemblance to the Vios, with Indonesia’s Directorate Basic of Mental Property (DGIP). It was rumoured Perodua had a hand in creating the Vios, so this concept may maintain some water.
If an all-new Bezza does seem this 12 months, it can probably be made beneath the idea of a value improve. Going into 2023, the automaker mentioned it might preserve costs of its fashions, however a totally contemporary mannequin would enable it the flexibility to redefine pricing.
Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless a protracted wait listing for the Bezza, with excessive demand from patrons to be used as taxis and Seize autos, so bringing a couple of new – and probably dearer – automobile gained’t precisely be a straightforward, straight up affair. As of January 11, the ready interval for a Bezza 1.0 G computerized – for orders made as much as December 2022 – may stretch so long as 7.5 months, the shortest being for the 1.0 G handbook, at 6.5 months.