Trial production started for 2023 D74A Perodua Axia - No more 5MT, D-CVT only, same 1.0L NA as before
Eric · Jan 10, 2023 01:28 PM
It appears that Perodua will be reducing the number of manual-equipped models in the near future, as sources familiar with the matter have hinted that the next-generation Perodua Axia would be automatic-only.
At the moment, the outgoing Perodua Axia gets the choice of a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual, the latter is only offered on the base 1.0 E variant.
Upon the introduction of the D74A Axia, the line-up will most likely be a CVT-only affair, mirroring Perodua’s recently-launched models, including the D51A Myvi, D27A Alza, and D55L Ativa.
While the D74A will be getting a new transmission, the source also mentioned that the new A-segment hatchback will retain its naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine. Codenamed 1KR-VE, this 3-pot engine that does 68 PS and 91 Nm.
The D74A Perodua Axia’s Indonesian cousins, the Toyota Agya and Daihatsu Ayla, have been tipped to receive not one, but two new engines. The first is the Ativa’s forced-fed 1.0-litre 3-pot unit, while the other is a naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre unit.
The turbocharged engine makes sense for Indonesia because it will be a step up from the 1.2-litre unit, but over in Malaysia, our Axia uses a much smaller 1.0-litre engine, so the gap in cost may be too big for the Ativa's turbocharged engine to bridge.
That said, for Malaysians, these engines are unlikely to be offered here as Perodua needs to keep the cost of the D74A Axia down and by maintaining the same engine as before, Perodua can pass these savings to its customers.