Well, here’s an interesting hearsay. If an investment bank research note is to be believed, Perodua is said to be working on introducing a new sedan this year. According to a report by RHB Investment Bank, the model is a replacement for the new generation of the current D63D Bezza, which was launched in 2016 and facelifted in 2020.
It sounds interesting, but let’s see how real the proposal can be. We know that the national automaker is due to launch a new Full Model Change (FMC) vehicle this year, and so far everything is pointing towards the all-new Axia, with the D74A said to go on sale in Malaysia in mid-February.
That schedule was bolstered by news from the sales network that dealers are rushing to liquidate existing Axia inventory and that no new units will arrive from the factory this month.
Given P2’s usual launch strategy of launching an FMC and a facelift per year, a likely scenario for 2023 could be the debut of the Axia and the arrival of a facelift, possibly for the Aruz, the oldest model in the automaker’s lineup .
A new Bezza, if it follows the trend adopted for the current model, which is an Axia-based sedan, could take some time. If you follow the normal cycle, it should be sometime next year, which is a year behind the Axia.
Unless, of course, the development of the new Perodua sedan is more advanced than we thought, and it works according to the Perodua version of the fourth-generation Toyota Vios. Earlier this month, Daihatsu filed patent images with Indonesia’s Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) of an unnamed sedan that bears a striking resemblance to the Vios. It has been rumored that Perodua had something to do with the development of the Vios, so this theory may hold some water.
If an all-new Bezza appears this year, it will probably be based on a price increase. In 2023, the automaker said it will maintain the prices of its models, but an all-new model will allow it to redefine prices.
However, the Bezza still has a long waiting list and high customer demand for use as a taxi and Grab vehicle, so producing a new – and potentially more expensive – car will not be a straightforward affair. As of January 11, the waiting time for the Bezza 1.0 G automatic can last up to 7.5 months for orders placed until December 2022, the shortest for the 1.0 Gs manual, 6.5 months.