Perodua To Launch A New Alza Based On This Daihatsu XENIA

Looking very much like the latest third generation Toyota Avanza, this is next generation Daihatsu compact 3-row seat MPV and it called  Xenia. It looks nothing like the renderings that was shared online in August 2020 ago.

Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Daihatsu”) has announced that its Indonesian subsidiary, P.T. Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM), has completely redesigned the XENIA, a seven-seater compact MPV, for the first time in 10 years.

The redesigned XENIA was launched on November 11 as the first DNGA-based B-segment compact car.

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The new XENIA is based on the DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture), Daihatsu’s next-generation approach to car-making. It is the second DNGA-based product being launched in Indonesia.

As before, the new model will be supplied to Toyota Motor Corporation on an OEM basis as part of the Toyota Group’s emerging-market compact car business.

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The XENIA was the first model jointly developed with Toyota and launched in 2004. It achieved a spacious interior with three rows of seats. It comfortably accommodates seven adults, despite having a compact B-segment body size, and was also priced to be affordable.

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As a result, the XENIA has been forging a new category in the Indonesian market. It is now positioned as one of Daihatsu’s core models. The total cumulative number of units sold since the XENIA was launched has exceeded approximately 680,000.

This is the highest volume among the various products Daihatsu has been selling in Indonesia.

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In the recent complete redesign, the platform was newly developed. A front-engine, front-wheel-drive (FF) layout was adopted for the first time for the XENIA. This achieved a high-efficiency package and further improved the spacious and easy-to-use cabin space. The new XENIA has also adopted D-CVT, achieving comfortable driving performance while improving fuel efficiency.

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Additionally, both the interior and exterior designs have been given a sportier look. The model is also priced to be affordable even as the ease of use was improved. Responding to the increasing demand for safety and security, the new XENIA has adopted the Smart Assist active safety system (known locally as Advanced Safety Assist), following the Rocky, a new compact SUV launched in April of this year.

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The 1.3 X variants enhance the above by adding 15-inch alloy wheels, two more speakers, rear parking sensors, while CVT-equipped versions also get VSC, brake assist and hill start assist.

Upgrading to 1.3 R variants gives you automatic retractable side mirrors, fog lights, an exhaust muffler, two additional tweeters, a nine-inch touchscreen, a 4.2-inch multi-info display, keyless engine start, a key card, steering wheel audio controls, immobilizer and safety alarm.

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Moving on to the 1.5 R variants, they build on the 1.3 R offerings by getting a red accent line on the grille, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome door handles, manually adjustable driver seat height, keyless access and 360 degrees camera.

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Specific for the top of the range (1.5 R CVT ASA) is a suite of safety and driving assistance systems that are part of the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite. The systems here include the pre-collision system (warning and automatic braking), pedal malfunction control, main lane departure warning, lane departure warning and lane departure prevention.

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The variants specified with the previously mentioned ADS package will also get the front bumper lip, side skirts, a diffuser-like element in the rear, a black film for the windows, a rear reflector decoration, a tailgate decoration, ambient lights, carbon-like finishes, special floor mats and an air purifier.

So, the question that Malaysian Perodua Alza owners are asking is will Perodua launch the XENIA here as the replacement to this aging yet popular compact 3-row seat MPV?

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