Why Perodua isn’t replacing the Alza yet

Eric · Apr 07, 2020 01:09 PM

The Perodua Alza is a 7-seater MPV that was introduced here back in 2009, which makes it one of the oldest new cars you can purchase today.

Despite being 11 years old, Perodua won’t be pulling the plug on the Alza just yet, as the company recently reiterated that it won’t be discontinued any time soon.

2019 Perodua Alza front view

Old as it may be, the Alza still does its job well

Developing a brand-new Alza isn’t Perodua’s top priority at the moment, as the MPV market is slowing down and Perodua's main focus is SUVs. The Alza has also been Perodua’s slowest-selling model, even when it was launched many years ago.

In fact, with the discontinuation of the Proton Ertiga, the Alza has no direction competition.

2019 Perodua Alza rear view

The Alza has received a number of updates over its 11-year lifespan

As such, Perodua does not see an immediate need to replace the Alza with an all-new model yet.

2020 Daihatsu Rocky front view

The Perodua D55L is coming soon

Furthermore, Perodua is also allocating resources into developing work of the D55L – its upcoming B-segment SUV that packs a number of Perodua-first features, including a brand-new turbocharged engine.

2020 Toyota Avanza

The Avanza recently received an update that gave it a mini-Vellfire look

That said, things could change in the near future as Perodua was seen performing road tests on several MPVs, including a Suzuki Ertiga, Mitsubishi Xpander, and what looks like a new model disguised using a Toyota Avanza body.

The Alza and Avanza could be streamlined into one single model

The presence of the Toyota Avanza does in fact raises a few eyebrows, as it ties back with what we gathered – Perodua is working on an Alza replacement, which could see the Toyota Avanza and Alza streamlined into a single model.

The upcoming Perodua Alza replacement model is said to be underpinned by the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), the same as the D55L. 

The Daihatsu DN Multisix could be a future Alza

In fact, during the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (2017 GIIAS), Daihatsu showcased the DN Multisix concept, which could preview the upcoming Alza/Avanza replacement.

But why is the DN Multisix important?

Futuristic suicide doors won't be offered on the production version of the car

Firstly, according to Daihatsu, the DN Multisix is a front-wheel drive MPV, hinting that the upcoming model will be front-wheel drive-only (the current Avanza is rear-wheel drive).

Judging from Daihatsu’s past experience, several concept cars that were shown in Jakarta have made it into production, with the Alya, Sigra, Rocky, and Terios (sold here as the Toyota Rush/Perodua Aruz) are the most recent examples.