Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Perodua Myvi facelift launched – more standard equipment, four-star ASEAN NCAP,

The 2015 Perodua Myvi facelift has just been launched in Malaysia. The best-selling car in the nation – for nine years in a row – is now in its second-generation, having first been launched way back in 2005. First things first, the entire range has now been rebranded with four variants on offer.
Things kick off with the 1.3 Standard G, followed by the 1.3 Premium X – both of which replace the Myvi 1.3 XT and 1.3 SE, respectively. Further up, the 1.5 SE remains while the 1.5 Advance takes over the 1.5 Extreme variant. The most glaring difference between both the 1.3 and 1.5 are the front grille design as well as an eight-spoke wheel motif on the 1.3 – the 1.5 gets spiral-themed wheels. All are 14-inch alloy wheels.
Several new additions, standard across the range, include a two-motion remote control with a red and black button. Clicking the black button once unlocks the driver’s door while two clicks opens all four, the red button locks all doors with a single click while holding it down for three seconds triggers the alarm.
Key interior changes on the inside now include a multi-info display with service info. The passenger airbag now has a cutout compared to the pre-facelift’s dash in which the airbag assembly was flush against the dash. Control knobs for the air-conditioning system now feature chrome highlights while the hazard light button has been moved from the left to the right.
The colloquially-popular tapau hooks now come in pairs behind each front seat. A tissue holder embedded into the rear of the front passenger seat and the rather brilliant anti-theft hook from the Axia make an appearance here. Additionally, a retractable cup holder can be found under the driver’s right air-con vent with a multi-purpose compartment located directly beneath it.
Another feather in Perodua’s cap comes courtesy of a four-star ASEAN NCAP rating, which improves on the pre-facelift’s three-star rating. “We have enhanced the vehicle structure to better withstand frontal impacts in line with global standards,” said Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh, president and CEO of Perodua.
Tech specs remain the same with the 89 hp and 117 Nm K3-VE 1.3 litre and 102 hp and 136 Nm 3SZ-VE 1.5 litre four-cylinder engines continuing on. Transmission options comprise of a five-speed manual and a new four-speed 4 E-AT automatic. Fuel consumption on the 1.3 litre models are quoted as 18.1 km/l with the manual, 16.7 km/l with the auto. On the 1.5 litre models, the figures for the manual and automatic are 16.4 km/l and 15.4 km/l, respectively. The 1.3 Standard G and 1.5 SE can be ordered with either choices while the 1.3 Premium X and 1.5 Advance receive only the automatic option.
Aesthetically, the 1.3 Standard G looks the part with body-coloured window frames and door handles. Further indication of its entry-level roots are evident with the absence of front fog lights and an uninterrupted rear end, devoid of a spoiler.
Standard equipment include reflector headlights (projectors were standard on the pre-facelift models), fabric seats and a double DIN radio/CD player, which loses USB and Bluetooth connectivity previously available on the pre-facelift 1.3 XT. Don’t be fooled by the front corner parking sensors – they’re merely cosmetic on this variant.
Further interior changes include an all-black dashboard while the door cards and upholstery are finished in beige. Prices begin at RM41,500 on-the-road (OTR) with insurance for the manual-equipped variant while the automatic starts at RM44,500. Metallic paint commands an additional RM400 premium on every single Myvi variant.
Step up the range and the 1.3 Premium X comes with (working) front corner parking sensors – which can be disabled. A rear spoiler, chrome door handles, front fog lamps and blackened window frames mark it out as a more premium variant from the outside.
Inside, the 1.3 Premium X carries forward everything there is from the Standard G but adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a more premium audio system with MP3/WMA, USB and Bluetooth capabilities. Safety count goes up as well with ABS, EBD and brake assist included on this variant and above. Prices begin at RM47,500 OTR with insurance.
On the 1.5 SE variant and above, projector headlights with LED guide lights and clear taillights, a contoured rear spoiler plus a different grille and wheel design help differentiate the 1.5 and 1.3 range. Inside, the 1.5 SE adds on semi-bucket seats trimmed in fabric and the same head unit from the 1.3 Premium X – effectively losing the touchscreen system found on its predecessor.
Also different from the previous 1.5 SE is the adoption of “brushed aluminium” accents over the piano black treatment on the centre console. Prices for this variant begin at RM50,500 for the manual and the auto at RM53,500, both OTR with insurance.
No discernible exterior features can be found on the range-topping 1.5 Advance. Instead the brunt of the change happens inside with its semi-bucket seats trimmed in leather with red highlights instead of fabric. The steering wheel is also trimmed in leather with contrasting red stitching while a leather gearknob and white-faced dials further mark it out.
A touchscreen multimedia infotainment system with navigation and reverse camera replaces the head unit found on the 1.5 SE and 1.3 Premium X. Prices for the 1.5 Advance variant begins at RM58,500 OTR with insurance. Also, factory-fitted solar/security window film come as standard on all 1.5 variants.
Two new colours make their debut on the facelifted Myvi – Electric Blue for the 1.5 SE and 1.5 Advance variants and Cosmic Gold for the 1.3 Standard G and 1.3 Premium X. In addition, the current palette of Mystical Purple, Glittering Silver, Ivory White and Ozzy Orange remain.
Perodua Myvi 1.3 Standard G

2015 Mazda 2 1.5 launched – hatch and sedan, RM88k

2015 Mazda 2 1.5 launched – hatch and sedan
We’ve seen the car at regional motor shows, we’ve seen the brochure and price list, we’ve seen the spyshots, we’ve even driven it; now, it’s finally here. We are of course talking about the new 2015 Mazda 2, which makes its Malaysian debut in both hatchback and sedan forms, fully imported from Thailand. The unveiling took place at Mazda’s new body and paint repair centre in Glenmarie.
Firstly, we’ll kick things off with the prices. Or rather, price – both the hatch and sedan will retail at RM87,956 on-the-road with insurance, inclusive of a three-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/60,000 km free service package.
Measuring 4,060 mm long, the hatch is the longest car in its class, beating the next longest, the Kia Rio, by 15 mm. The 2,570 mm wheelbase is also among the longest, putting it on par with the Rio. On the other hand, its width (1,695 mm) and height (1,470 mm) are par for the course for the segment.
The sedan is 260 mm longer at 4,320 mm – oddly, this makes it among the shortest B-segment sedans on the market, beaten only by the Mitsubishi Attrage (4,245 mm) and the Proton Saga (4,278 mm). The four-door is also slightly taller than its five-door sibling, at 1,495 mm. Boot size is 220 litres for the hatch, 410 litres for the sedan.
The shapely exterior features Mazda’s Kodo design language, with sharp hawk-eye reflector headlights (we don’t get the fancy projector units with LED daytime running lights, unfortunately), a large five-point grille (body-coloured accents on the hatch, grey on the sedan), a long bonnet and a pert, almost Alfa Romeo-like rear end for the hatch. The sedan gets a slightly longer Mazda 3-esque notchback – not a bad look at all.
Inside, you’ll find a minimalist interior with a cockpit-like sweep around the driver, circular air vents (plus a “hidden” central air vent) and an instrument cluster that features both analogue and digital gauges, borrowed from the Mazda 3. The look is made classier with black-and-red fabric-and-leather upholstery (leather also features on the dashboard), while the steering wheel gains telescopic adjustment in addition to tilt.
2015 Mazda 2 35
Nestled under the bonnet is a 1.5 litre high-compression, direct-injected SkyActiv-G petrol four delivering 114 hp at 6,000 rpm and 148 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Putting the power to the front wheels is a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. New to the Mazda range is a Sport mode for the gearbox for quicker response. The Mazda 2 is classified as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).
Kit count is impressively high, including two-tone 16-inch wheels, fog lights, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic air-conditioning, paddle shifters, an MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen and an iDrive-esque Commander Control knob, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system and even a head-up display. Navigation is a RM1,200 option.
2015 Mazda 2 Launch 2
Safety-wise, airbag count is limited to two, but ABS with EBD and brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Isofix child seat anchors are all fitted as standard. Disc brakes on this Thai-built car are fitted all around as well, uncommon for the segment – cars built in Japan come with rear drums.
Lastly, the 2015 Mazda 2 is offered in four colour choices – Soul Red Metallic, Metropolitan Grey, Snowflake White Pearl and Aluminium Metallic. The locally-designed bodykit shown in some of these pictures isn’t available right now, but there are plans to offer it in the near future. You can view the full specifications and equipment for both the hatch and sedan models on


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