KUALA LUMPUR: After five consecutive years as the country's best selling car, the Perodua Myvi five-door hatchback has been replaced by a new model that promises better safety, fuel efficiency and a string of new enhancements.
Launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here Thursday night, the new Myvi is available in six variants and priced between RM43,900 and RM57,400 - some RM500 to RM700 more than the previous model.
While still recognisably a Myvi, the new car has a more rounded front end and is 5mm lower to improve its aerodynamics.
Buyers can choose from three grades of Standard, Premium and Elegance, and transmission type of four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual.
The new Myvi is available in six variants.
While maintaining almost the same size as the outgoing model, the latest Myvi now includes electric power steering, projector headlamps and a two-tone dashboard.
In keeping with current automotive trends, the new Myvi includes upgraded safety features.
Where previously only the more expensive variants featured two front airbags, this item is now included across the range.
Also standard are Isofix mounting points for child seats and a three-point seatbelt for the rear centre passenger.
Premium and Elegance grades, however, get additional safety equipment such as anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist.
Audio system for the Standard grade Myvi is the radio/CD type with MP3/WMA but the Premium grade features additional USB and Bluetooth support. The Elegance gets a multimedia system that comes with satellite navigation.
The 1.3-litre engine is derived from the older Myvi model but has been retuned to get an extra 4bhp for a total of 90bhp promising improved performance.
Perodua managing director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said the new car's improved aerodynamics resulted in better fuel economy, something consumers are looking for in view of rising fuel prices.
"Compared with the old automatic Myvi which can go 13.5km on a litre of petrol, the new automatic model can go 14.6km on the same amount of fuel," he said.
The original Myvi was launched in May 2005 and some 484,000 units were sold until April. During its six-year run, the model garnered 11 awards.
The new Myvi is sold in ebony black, medallion grey, glittering silver, pearl white, ivory white and a new colour, mystical purple.