Next-gen Perodua Axia concept in 2021? It's very possible
Sanjay · Nov 23, 2020 07:00 PM
Six years old - that's the age of the Perodua Axia. It doesn't feel like it, but the little A-segment hatchback has been trawling Malaysian streets since 2014. Which is why we think we could see its evolution sometime next year.
Retrace the Axia's steps and you'll find that it has its roots in 2011's Daihatsu A-Concept, which premiered at the 2011 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS). The production version of the concept - Daihatsu Ayla - premiered at the 2012's IIMS and the car went on sale in Indonesia in September 2013.
The Axia took a bit longer to come. Our first glimpse at it was during the 2013 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) when the interior was previewed via the GMA Space Concept.
Whichever way it's cut, it's almost time for a new model. Why?
For starters - platform concerns. The Daihatsu Ayla/Toyota Agya and subsequent Perodua Axia were underpinned by Daihatsu's Global A-Segment Platfom. In 2019, the Japanese carmaker announced that future small cars in Japan and emerging markets will be based on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA).
With tightening regulations, Daihatsu should already be planning to introduce DNGA-platformed cars in our region. And it's already happening (a Rocky/Raize was spotted in Indonesia recently). It's only a matter of time we see the 'next Axia' concept take form - most likely in next year's IIMS.
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.