Published on May 9th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin


Mildly Refreshed 2021 Perodua Aruz Now Available In Red

This most recent revision to the Aruz also adds new side steps and automatic door-locking. 

Perodua has recently announced that it has mildly updated the Aruz for 2021. Bringing with it some slight enhancements to the standard kit on offer, as well as a new paint colour. 

Kicking things off on the outside first, new to the 2021 Aruz are integrated side steps which help with ingress and egress into and out of this high riding SUV. Perodua has also added a new Passion red exterior colour for the AV variant, which joins the existing palette of Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver and Ivory White.

Moving on within, Perodua has updated the Aruz with an automatic door-locking feature that activates above 20 km/h. Aside from those aforementioned updates however, Malaysia’s best-selling seven-seat SUV remains pretty much the same as when it first debut back in 2019. 

Still available in both X and AV trim levels, prices of these mildly updated Aruz SUVs remains the same as before. Meaning that the X variant still retails for RM68,526, while the AV is priced at RM 73,226. 

Both variants of the Aruz feature a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder that drives the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. Power and torque output is rated at 105 PS and 136 Nm respectively, with a claimed fuel efficiency figure of an impressive 15.6 km/l courtesy of the standard Eco-Idle auto start-stop feature. 

In terms of standard kit available with the Aruz, both trim levels come standard with LED headlamps, 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, keyless go, a touch-screen infotainment system with reverse camera display as well as 6 airbags. What makes the AV variant different from the lower-tier X though are the exclusive addition of automatic headlamps, front fog lamps, leather seats, an integrated driving video recorder and Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite of active driver aids. 

PRESS RELEASE: Malaysia’s best-selling seven-seater SUV, the Perodua Aruz, has been updated for 2021, and is now on sale at unchanged prices of RM68,526 for the X variant and RM73,226 for the AV variant, on-the-road before insurance in Peninsular Malaysia.

Both variants now get side steps to ease ingress and egress, plus automatic door-locking above 20 km/h (doors will automatically unlock in the event of a collision). A new Passion Red body colour (exclusive to the AV variant) joins the existing palette of Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Glittering Silver and Ivory White.

“Perodua expresses our gratitude to all our valued customers, whose feedback helped us tweak the Aruz to better satisfy the real needs and wants of the majority of Malaysians,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.

“With well over 60,000 sold since its 2019 birth, the Perodua Aruz was already the nation’s best-selling SUV in 2019 and 2020, but, true to the principles of Kaizen, we believe there are always ways we can make our products incrementally better.

“This incremental adaptation of the Aruz is in line with the Perodua Smart Build blueprint; another example of our symbiotic collaboration with our suppliers to customise our products to better suit Malaysian needs and wants, and through this, developing further the capabilities of our suppliers towards true self-reliance,” he added.

An Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV), the Perodua Aruz offers space, safety, versatility, durability, practicality and low ownership costs in a compact, seven-seater package.

Its aluminium-block 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine collaborates with an electronically-controlled automatic transmission and Eco Idle to yield a rated fuel efficiency of up to 15.6 km/l, while its 60:40-split second and 50:50-split third rows can be slid, folded and tumbled for a multitude of seating and loading configurations.

With six airbags and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as standard, plus the AV variant’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite of driver-assistance systems, the Perodua Aruz has a maximum five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

LED headlamps, 17-inch two-tone alloys, keyless entry and start, and a touch-screen infotainment system with reverse camera display are standard, while the AV exclusively gets auto headlamps, front fog lamps, leather seats, HDMI, Smart Link, navigation and an integrated driving video recorder.

“Of all our models, the Perodua Aruz benefitted the most from the government’s sales tax exemption – its prices dropped by 6%, or over RM4,000. So if you’ve been eyeing an Aruz, book now – the exemption is slated to end in under 60 days,” said Dato’ Zainal.

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