15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia

Hans · Jul 14, 2020 08:30 PM

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 01

We are into the second half of 2020 and if it not for Covid-19 and MCO, a lot more new models would’ve been launched in Malaysia by now. With five more months to go before the year ends, some models that were originally planned for 2020 might have to be pushed to next year.

So what are the remaining models that are due to be launched soon and which are the ones that will be delayed? Here are our predictions.

Perodua Myvi facelift (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 01

Outgoing pre-facelift Perodua Myvi

Malaysia’s best-selling car is due for a mid-life update later this year, but don’t expect any major changes.

We can expect the new Perodua Myvi to feature an updated ASA 2.0 autonomous emergency braking feature, thus bringing it in-line with the lower-range Axia and Bezza. Apart from some minor changes to the grille and bumper, the Myvi will look pretty much like the current model.

The new 2020 Perodua Myvi could be launched as early as this month.

Update: Perodua has announced the new Myvi. It turns out that the model is more of a specs update rather than a facelift - upgraded ASA 2.0 (now available for 1.3-litre variants too) and a new Electric Blue colour.

Proton X50 (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 02

It’s probably the most anticipated new model of 2020. Priced below RM 100,000, the Proton X50 will disrupt sales of not just other SUV models like the Honda HR-V, but also traditional B-segment sedans like the Toyota Vios and Honda City.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 03

Powertrain is yet to be confirmed but it will most likely be a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 04

We expect the model to be launched in the last quarter of 2020.

Mitsubishi Xpander (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 05

The Mitsubishi Xpander will be launched in Malaysia soon, as spyshots of the model have surfaced. 

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 06

It is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that does 105 PS and 141 Nm, sent to the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission.

When it arrives in Malaysia, it will be challeging the Honda BR-V and Perodua Aruz. 

Perodua D55L (2020 launch – low possibility, 2021 more likely)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 07

Perodua’s yet-to-be named SUV will be based on the Japanese market Daihatsu Rocky/Toyota Raize. It measures about the same size as a B-segment Perodua Myvi (longer but narrower), but it will still be smaller than a Proton X50, with a correspondingly lower specifications too.

It is left to be seen if the new Perodua SUV will still be introduced within this year. Perodua have previously mentioned that it has the capacity to only launch either one full model change and one minor change (facelift) model, or two minor change models in one year.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 08

This year, it has already launched the Perodua Bezza facelift and is expected to launch a new Myvi soon. However, the Perodua Bezza facelift was launched very early this year, in January, so does that count?

We think the conservative Perodua would rather avoid getting into a shouting match with the Proton X50 to vie for consumer’s attention, and would probably launch the D55L (or whatever it will be called by then) in early 2021.

Nissan Almera (2020 launch – moderate possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 09

The current Nissan Almera is the oldest, least competitive model in Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s (ETCM) line-up. It’s quite obvious that ETCM needs the new generation Almera more than Honda Malaysia needs the all-new City.

However, Covid-19 might delay ETCM’s original plan to locally-assemble the Almera within this year, to sometime in early-2021.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 10

The only question left is will it use the current 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine or the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Nissan Kicks (2020 launch – low possibility, late-2021/early 2022 more likely)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 11

The Nissan Kicks is in the plans for Malaysia but the project has encountered some delays, through no fault of ETCM.

See, the Nissan Kicks made its Thailand debut earlier this year but deliveries have yet to begin due to issues parts sourcing. The recent mess with Nissan’s frequent management shakeups isn’t helping matters. Without the necessary parts, Thailand cannot prepare the necessary CKD packs for Malaysia to assemble the vehicle here.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 12

We believe the Kicks will only be introduced one year after the Almera is launched in Malaysia. It’s quite taxing for an assembly plant to squeeze in two full model change projects so close to each other.

Honda City (2020 launch – low possibility, mid-2021 more likely)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 13

Although the all-new Honda City has been launched in Thailand, there’s no sign that the current, outgoing model is being phased out in Malaysia. As it is, the outgoing Honda City is still competitive enough against the Toyota Vios.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 14

MCO has also upset most of Honda Malaysia’s plans and this year alone, Honda has already launched 3 new models – the new Honda BR-V and Honda Civic facelift, as well as the all-new Honda Accord

Starting production of three new models in less than a year not a common practice as phasing in one new model alone is already quite challenging for any manufacturing plant.

We think the Pegoh plant will be quite busy  fulfilling backlogged orders post-MCO and the all-new Honda City will most likely be introduced sometime in the middle of 2021.

Kia Seltos (2020 launch – moderate possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 15

The Kia Seltos is supposed to be launched by now, but complications in getting price approvals have delayed the model’s launch.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 16

However we believe that the issue should be solved before the end of the year.

Toyota Harrier (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 17

The Toyota Harrier is imported from Japan, which also means that launching the all-new Harrier in Malaysia is fairly easy, with no complicated parts localization/local assembly work to deal with.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 18

The model has gone on sale in Japan in June and it’s reasonable to expect it to be launched in Malaysia by December.

Volkswagen Passat R-Line (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 19

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) have already confirmed that a dressed up Passat R-Line will join the line-up later this year.

Note that this is an R-Line model, not an R so powertrain will remain the same as a regular Volkswagen Passat’s – 2.0 TSI making 190 PS and 320 Nm paired to a 7-speed (now a wet-type) dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Volkswagen Arteon (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 20

The Volkswagen Arteon had a rather long gestation period in Malaysia. It was first previewed back in end-2018 and after more than a year and a half of waiting, the model has yet to arrive at local VW dealerships and the MCO is not helping matters.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 21

However, we can say with a high degree of certainty that the model will be launched before the year ends. VPCM has confirmed that our local Arteon will be powered by the same 190 PS/320 Nm 2.0 TSI engine as the Passat Elegance.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 22

This is a long overdue launch. The A-Class and CLA-Class have already been renewed, along with a new A-Class Sedan range.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 23

The only MFA II-platform model left to replace is the Mercedes-Benz GLA (and its sister-car the GLB).

Mercedes-Benz GLB Class (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 24

A 5+2 seater derivative of the GLA Class, the GLB is to the GLA what the B-Class is to the A-Class.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 25

It’s a boxier looking, more practical version of the GLA, and will most likely be launched concurrently with the GLA.

Volvo S90 facelift (2020 launch – low possibility, 2021 more likely)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 26

The new Volvo S90 made its global debut earlier this year, shortly before the world descended into Covid-19 chaos.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 27

Volvo Car Malaysia had initially planned to launch new the S90 this year, but MCO had delayed its plans by quite a fair bit. Since the S90 is locally-assembled, a longer lead time is required before the S90 can be launched in Malaysia.

Porsche Taycan (2020 launch – high possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 28

You can think of the Porsche Taycan as Porsche's full-electric model as a Tesla Model S. Just as quick, but it’s better put together and it’s made by people who know how to build cars.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 29

Sime Darby Auto Performance have earlier confirmed that the Porsche Taycan will be launched in Malaysia in 2020. Things have gone a bit quiet since but it’s mostly due to MCO. The Taycan is on track to be launched within 2020.

BMW 1 Series (2020 launch – moderate possibility)

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 30

The BMW 1 Series is an obvious gap in BMW Group Malaysia’s line-up. The last of the rear-wheel drive 1 Series is now more and the all-new front-wheel drive 1 Series has yet to make its local debut.

15 more new 2020 models still left to be launched in Malaysia 31

Word has it that for the first time ever, the BMW M135i might be introduced locally, going up against the Mercedes-AMG A35.

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-a-2x2-stream', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' });

Comments

Get a deal on your trade in within 24 hours!

2021 Toyota Yaris 1.5J

Upgrade

Add your car

Not trading-in?   Sell your car

Latest Cars