New 2019 Perodua Axia adds ASA 2.0 and VSC, safest budget car on sale

Robert · Aug 22, 2019 11:03 AM

  • Open for bookings but new 2019 design yet to be revealed  
  • AV variant adds ASA 2.0 advanced driver assistance system and reverse camera
  • Electronic stability (VSC) and traction control now offered – upper variants only
  • Adds two new variants - GXtra and Style (rumoured to be a taller riding crossover)
  • Reduced manual transmission variants, E variant is sole MT variant 

Nearly five years after its market launch in 2014, the Perodua Axia has been given its second mid-life update (there was another update in 2017). Perodua has yet to reveal the actual car but prices have been announced and interested customers can place their bookings starting today.

This time around, Perodua has significantly upgraded the Axia’s safety features to include the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) feature first seen in the Myvi and Aruz. Other new features include electronic stability and traction control and reverse camera.

It is also interesting to note that the new Axia gets the latest ASA 2.0, which has an expanded scope of functionality compared to the one fitted in the more expensive Myvi (from RM 42,790).

Similar to the Aruz, the Axia’s gets the second generation ASA 2.0’s autonomous emergency braking feature (Perodua calls it Pre-Collision Braking), which works at speeds of up to 100 km/h versus the Myvi’s first generation ASA’s 30 km/h limit. It’s also capable of detecting both vehicles and pedestrians, while the Myvi can only detect vehicles. 

We expect Perodua to roll out a running change to upgrade the Myvi’s ASA soon to maintain a consistent product features hierarchy for all its models.

Back to the Axia, the upgrades will also mean that the new Axia will become the cheapest new car on sale in Malaysia to offer such features.

Perodua has also simplified its variant line-up, reducing manual transmission variants, but at the same time adding two new variants – GXTra and Style.

Style will most likely be a mini-crossover/mini-SUV interpretation of an Axia. It’s still a front-wheel drive Axia but with larger tyres and a slightly taller ride height. As mentioned earlier, the actual car will only be revealed later, most likely in early September.

The Style’s larger 15-inch wheels (standard car uses 14-inch) and slightly higher (claimed) fuel consumption – 20.8 km/litre versus standard automatic variants’ 21.6 km/litre – suggests that Axia Style is a taller, slightly heavier car.

Prices have also gone up slightly, starting from RM 24,090 for the cheapest E MT (up by RM 1,100).

As before, all variants are powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-litre naturally aspirated 1KR-VE VVT-i producing 68 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 91 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm, paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.