For those who visited the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (2018 KLIMS) would have seen Perodua’s mild
hybrid technology showcase, sitting quietly at Perodua’s booth.
Considering that the current-generation Toyota Avanza has been around for almost a decade and a replacement model is due, we believe that the Avanza that OtoDriver mentioned refers to the next-generation model – one that is developed with a mild hybrid powertrain in mind.
Like the upcoming Perodua D55L, the Perodua-developed Avanza/Alza replacement model will likely be built upon the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), albeit modified for MPV duties.
Apart from the aforementioned mild hybrid powertrain, the next-generation Toyota Avanza is also said to receive a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine.
Now, the final piece to this massive puzzle is how the model will look like.
At the 2017 Gaikindo International Auto Show (2017 GIIAS), Daihatsu showcased the DN Multisix Concept, which could very well be an early look at the next-gen Alza/Avanza.
One fact that cements that notion is that Daihatsu has confirmed that the DN Multisix Concept is a front-wheel drive MPV. The current Avanza is a rear-wheel drive model.
Furthermore, judging from Daihatsu’s track record, several concept cars that were shown in Jakarta have made it into production, including the Daihatsu Alya (Perodua Axia to us), Daihatsu Sigra, Daihatsu Rocky (Perodua D55L, coming soon), and the Daihatsu Terios (Perodua Aruz to us).