4 new MPVs/7 seaters launching in Malaysia in 2022, from all new Perodua Alza to Proton X90
Eric · Dec 18, 2021 02:00 PM
The 7-seater / MPV segment in Malaysia hasn’t seen much action over the past couple of years. The Proton Exora and Perodua Alza are the longest-serving models here (and still are), while models like Nissan Grand Livina and Proton Ertiga have came and gone without a respective replacement model.
Then in 2017, the Honda BR-V was launched, followed by the Perodua Aruz in 2018, which reignited the segment for a bit.
But that was it – for the past three years since the Aruz made its Malaysian debut, the 7-seater / MPV segment has been relatively stagnant, without a single new model making waves.
With that said, things are set to change in 2022, as Malaysian car buyers can anticipate not one, not two, but four new 7-seater / MPVs reaching various dealerships.
Proton X90 – Want to fit seven, but the X70 isn’t enough?
Even before 2022 is here, Proton is busy with development work of its new models. The first is the updated Proton Saga, followed by the purported Proton X90, a new MPV based on the Geely Haoyue.
Said model made its debut in China back in March 2020 and was first spotted on Malaysian soil in May 2021. The Haoyue is available either as a five- or seven-seater version, though we can expect the latter to be the only option for Malaysia.
2022 Honda BR-V – With Sensing, it's nothing like the BR-V you thought you knew
Onwards to the non-national makes with the all-new second generation 2022 Honda BR-V, one that made its global debut back in September. Looking at our crystal ball, the all-new BR-V could reach Malaysian soil by Q4 2022.
There’s no better way to say this – the all-new Honda BR-V has matured significantly. The outgoing generation, though decent-looking in its own right, is no match compared to the new generation model. Gone are the curves of the outgoing model, replaced with straight-cut lines for a stronger, more solid look.
But it’s more than just new looks. Honda has also given the all-new BR-V a new heart, in the form of a new 1.5-litre DOHC petrol engine that does 121 PS and 145 Nm, as well as significantly bumping up its safety suite.
Whereas the outgoing BR-V was fitted with just dual airbags and stability control, the all-new replacement model adds side and curtain airbags to the mix, bringing the total airbag count to six. But that’s not all, there’s also the addition of the Honda Sensing ADAS suite, which definitely puts the BR-V on the top of its game….until the arrival of the all-new Toyota Avanza, that is.
2022 Toyota Avanza – Can TSS and D-CVT pull you away from the BR-V?
Two months after Honda unveiled the all-new 2022 Honda BR-V, Toyota unveiled the equally-new 2022 Toyota Avanza, as well as its siblings, the Toyota Veloz and Daihatsu Xenia.Perhaps the biggest departure for the all-new Avanza is its driveline – Toyota has ditched the Avanza’s long-standing rear-wheel drive layout in favour of a front-wheel drive one.
And that’s not all – Toyota has also blessed the Avanza with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) ADAS suite. Granted, TSS is only available on the range-topping variant, but the key point is that Toyota is not taking safety lightly with the all-new Avanza.
Elsewhere, there also a new electric parking brake (EPB), 9-inch floating-style infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and a slick 7-inch full-digital instrument cluster.