The New 2023 Perodua Axia is here! Launched by Perodua Malaysia on he 14th of February
2023,it is finally time for the public to meet the successor to the previous generation Perodua
Axia after is initial launch back in september in 2014.The Axia uses daihatsu’s DGNA
platform with the model receiving a bigger wheelbase,newer safety features and a stylish up
to date interior.The starting price of the new axia is RM38,600 for the E variant and it goes
from there with the highest spec AV model priced at RM44,000.All axia models are
assembled in rawang at perodua’s official assembly centre.
Kicking it off with the engine specifications,the 1.0 litre naturally aspirated engine,carried over from the first generation axia produces 67hp and 91Nm, however this time around the 1KR-VE three-cylinder is now coupled to a CVT compared to the previous model’s 4AT.On top of that, there’s a new body with a bigger footprint. The new Axia is significantly larger in person, and you won’t need to compare it to the old model to see the difference. The D74A is 115 mm longer and 45 mm broader than its predecessor, measuring 3,760 mm long and 1,665 mm wide; more than half of the extra length is accounted for by the wheelbase, which is 70 mm larger at 2,525 mm. The expansion is also seen in the rear pillars of both Axias.It rolls on 14-inch alloys with surprisingly sporty 175/65 Toyo Proxes CR1 tyres – this tyre/rim combo is standard across the board, and there’s no upsize for even the AV.While the CVT significantly affects the driving dynamics of the Axia, its actual purpose is to improve fuel efficiency. The NEDC FC has increased by 8%, from 21.6 km/l to 23.3 km/l.
Perodua’s claims are based on the Malaysian Driving Cycle (MDC), which is said to be based on local road conditions and driving patterns. It’s 25.3 km/l (G and X) or 27.4 km/l when equipped with the Eco Idle auto start-stop system (SE and AV).The manufactured rating for the range is 365KM.
Inside, the G gets fabric seats, a radio with USB/Bluetooth, air con knobs, auto door lock, electric wing mirror controls, and an analogue speedo with orange lighting and a 4.2-inch trip computer..Moving up to the X nets you a good amount of extra kit for not a lot more cash. You gain automatic LED headlamps (with manual levelling), follow me home lights, tilt adjustable steering, front corner sensors and keyless entry with push start. The latter is of the electrostatic sensor type, as per the Ativa, and better than the Myvi’s black button. LED headlamps is new to the Axia, as is tilt adjustable steering. Some of these features, once you experience, there’s no turning back, so the X is a good place to start if your budget permits.From the outside, you can tell the X apart from the G by the LED headlamps, which have LED positioning lamps underlining the beams. Matte black stickers on the B-pillars, too.Next up is the SE, where style is elevated and more good stuff from costlier P2 models are present. How about LED daytime running lights, which aren’t even available on the Ativa AV and Alza AV (DRLs are bundled with GearUp bodykits). The SE also adds on a chrome strip on the grille (neatly connects the positioning lamps), a front lip and side skirts. We also spot a subtle tailgate spoiler. The wing mirrors have LED repeaters.Inside, the SE gets “semi-bucket seats” with chunkier bolsters, separate rear headrests (that offer more neck support over the integrated ‘pillow’ items on the G/X), a digital AC control panel (with two memory positions, as per Ativa/Alza) and a PWR (Power) button on the steering. There’s also a rev counter for the analogue meter panel. Solar/security window film, too.The AV hits the ball out of the A-segment park, offering Axia buyers most of the goodies that Ativa/Alza AV owners are enjoying. This top shelf parts bin includes the 7.0-inch digital instrument panel (which has a few preset designs), and a 9.0-inch touchscreen head unit (from the Ativa, no Apple CarPlay/Android Auto) with steering controls, SmartLink and reverse camera. The upgraded seats get part-leather treatment here, and the steering is leather-wrapped.The range-topper is the only Axia to get auto high beam for the LED headlamps.
There are six airbags (front, side, curtain; previous Axia maxed out at two), lane departure warning/prevention, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert. These are on top of ASA 3.0, which includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and front departure warning, which alerts you when the front car has moved. All this, on an Axia.Safety wise, it’s ABS/EBD/BA, VSC, Isofix child seat mounts, reverse sensors and two airbags. The new Axia received four stars in the latest ASEAN NCAP protocol.The axia’s bootspace is about 265L,which is 5L bigger than the previous generation.
Overall the new Axia’s will be the leading malaysian A segment hatch as it definitely caters to a younger audience or fresh grads who are in the market to purchase their first car.If there is 1 critique that i have,it would be that perodua should have offered more stylish and sporty rims for the higher SE and AV models,however i hope they would feature these upgrades in the facelift models.