Perodua is contemplating the probabilities of introducing a hybrid-electric mannequin, and it is going to be a price-conscious endeavor because it goals to stay on the forefront of affordability.
“Our goal, if we’re to introduce a [hybrid model] sooner or later, is to carry the most affordable hybrid mannequin that will likely be on sale in Malaysia with out compromising on security,” Perodua president and CEO Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Ahmad stated in a briefing final week.
The corporate continues to be finishing up research to search out one of the best ways of introducing an entry-level hybrid mannequin if it’ll achieve this, its president and CEO added.
Electrification is already formally current inside Perodua, although this has been via a leasing plan with the Ativa Hybrid that’s by invitation, for research and analysis functions, slightly than for outright sale and personal possession of hybrid autos.
The Ativa Hybrid is the obvious candidate, given that it’s the solely electrified mannequin within the Daihatsu line-up courtesy of the Daihatsu Rocky e-Good Hybrid.
Nevertheless, the corporate’s president and CEO additionally revealed that its first hybrid will likely be a variant of a full mannequin change, which implies that it is going to be a part of an all-new, next-generation mannequin introduction. This, then, guidelines out the hybrid model of the Ativa, as its debut was in March 2021 and thus a full-model change will likely be a lot additional down the road.
That additionally guidelines out the Alza, which acquired its FMC final july and the just-launched, second-gen Axia is firmly ICE-powered. Subsequently, the subsequent in line for a full-model change ought to be the Bezza sedan, which had its debut in 2016 and was facelifted in 2020. Or might or not it’s the third-generation Myvi, which was facelifted in 2021?
An auto investor observe issued by RHB Funding Financial institution close to the start of this yr acknowledged that Perodua is about to unveil its first hybrid mannequin in 2024, which reiterates what the Rawang-based nationwide carmaker has stated as early as 2019. This might imply a four- or five-year interval when seen within the lifecycles of the Myvi and the Bezza.