New turbo-powered Perodua SUV D55L packed with safety features

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PERODUA recently announced that the much anticipated D55L SUV was open for bookings.

The SUV, which is based on the Daihatsu Rocky model, is likely to be called Perodua Ativa, according to reports.

It will be available in three variants – X, H and AV and be priced between RM62,500 and RM73,400 on the road without insurance.

Reports in said the D55L is priced higher than the popular Myvi which tops at RM52,697 and overlaps that of the Aruz which is between RM68,526 and RM73,226.

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The Aruz is much larger, but less sophisticated compared to the D55L.

Over the past few years, Perodua has been pushing the safety envelope, breaking new ground with the Myvi’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) in 2017.

The latest ASA is standard across the D55L range (previous models had it only in the top variants), which means that Pre-collision Warning (PCW), Pre-collision Braking (PCB or AEB), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Mis-operation Control (PMC) are for all variants.

The top AV spec’s ASA adds on Lane Keep Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control. All these Level 2 autonomous driving kits are unprecedented at this price point, and we’re expecting no less than five ASEAN NCAP stars.

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“True to our aim to continually bring more and more advanced technology to the masses, the Perodua D55L AV is Malaysia’s most affordable Level 2 Autonomous vehicle, bringing state-of-the-art safety and convenience to a wider audience. SUVs remain very much in demand, and the D55L is our trendiest offering in this regard. Its compactness, contemporary style and modern features make it the perfect companion for day-to-day urban lifestyles,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

The D55L is also Perodua’s first vehicle with a turbocharged engine, and the first P2 model to adopt a CVT in place of the default four-speed torque converter automatic. Perodua says that the Turbo-CVT combo yields class-leading rated fuel efficiency of 18.9 km/l.

That’s all that Perodua is officially sharing for now, the key features of the D55L SUV.

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As for the rest of the kit list, the SUV – being the first model under the Perodua Smart Build blueprint and a “breakthrough model” for Perodua in the areas of style, safety, technology, equipment and value – should build on the Myvi’s equipment – things like keyless entry/push start and six airbags are expected.

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As for colours, the X and H variants can be had in Glittering Silver, Granite Grey and Cobalt Blue, with the mid-spec H also available in Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red. AV buyers have the choice of Glittering Silver, Granite Grey, Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red, plus two-tone (black roof and A pillars) options for the two pearl colours (red and white).

The two pearl hues and Cobalt Blue are new-to-P2 colours. Expect a small premium for the pearl colours, and another one for the black roof. A five-year/150,000 km warranty is part of the package.