Spied: Is this the 2022 Perodua Ativa Hybrid, to be introduced in Malaysia sooner than expected?

Sanjay · Jul 27, 2022 11:01 PM

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Photo credits: Shavinish Nash on Facebook

Seven days after the 2022 Perodua Alza (D27A) was launched in Malaysia, photos of what may very well be the 2022 Perodua Ativa Hybrid has surfaced on social media.

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You don't need to have a keen eye to see what's different between this and the Ativa sold currently – this one looks entirely the same as the model its based on, the Daihatsu Rocky e:Smart Hybrid, from the bumpers and down to its 5-lug wheels that look similar to the ones fitted to the Alza.

Also read: Review: Even if you aren't looking for an MPV, the 2022 Perodua Alza (D27A) might just take your money anyway

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Multiple Facebook users have seen full trailers ferrying these cars to places that even we don't know about, so it's anyone's guess what's the deal is with these all-white rides. There's no shortage of rumours though: some say they're for lease only, some say they're very limited, but there has been no official word on these models save for a couple of hints.

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Photo credit: Zhaff Hudson

Meanwhile, Perodua has gone on record with their commitment to electrification. Dato' Zainal Abidin Ahmad, Perodua President and CEO, has said: “Before electric, we are also going to do hybrids to make sure that customers are comfortable, and understand that somehow or rather, if you use electric vehicles, you may have to change your driving (pattern) and lifestyle,” he said.

A timeline is not specified yet, though these pictures mean something is certainly brewing in the background.

Also read: Perodua CEO drops hint of Perodua Ativa Hybrid, affordable battery EVs under study with TNB

Perodua Ativa Hybrid specs

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Its base car, the Daihatsu Rocky e:Smart Hybrid, uses a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder (WA-VEX) engine but as a series hybrid, the engine doesn’t drive the car, and is used only to charge the 4.3 Ah battery located behind.

Claimed fuel efficiency is low 3.6-litre/100 km (WLTC test cycle).

Other niceties that the Rocky e:Smart Hybrid gets is an improved ADAS, an electric parking brake (EPB), and minor exterior differences. Its platform is the same, riding on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA).

 

Sanjay

Senior Writer

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.

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