After teasing the public with snippets from a brochure, Perodua has finally revealed the Axia facelift. Perodua’s smallest car has just been given a midlife refresher to its looks as well as an updated engine shared with its sedan sibling, the Bezza.
Resting under the hood of the Axia is an updated 1KR-VE 1.0-litre three-cylinder DOHC with VVT-i that produces 67 hp and 91 Nm. Power outputs are up by 1 hp and 1 Nm. Transmission options are the same – either the five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Perodua claims that the Axia is capable of returning 22.5 km/L compared to the Toyota-sourced 1KR-DE engine’s 21.6 km/L. The Axia can proudly hold on to its title of the country’s first Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).
|Name||Perodua Axia 1.0 Standard E (MT)||Perodua Axia 1.0 Standard G (MT)||Perodua Axia 1.0 Standard G (AT)||Perodua Axia SE 1.0 (MT)||Perodua Axia SE 1.0 (AT)||Perodua Axia 1.0 Advance (AT)|
998cc; DOHC, 3-cylinder
|4-speed automatic||5-speed manual||
67 hp @ 6,000 rpm
91 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
The Axia is offered in four variants – Standard E, Standard G, SE and Advance and prices have gone up from RM100 to RM5,100. In spite of that, the Axia remains as the cheapest brand new car sold in Malaysia.
Exterior wise, Standard E and G variants now get a redesigned front look with a single bar front grille and projector headlamps taken from the pre-facelift Axia whereas a tailgate handle is added to the otherwise unchanged rear. Standard E Axia’s rides on 14-inch steel rims while G variants ride on eight-spoke alloys of the same size.
As for SE and Advance variants, the two receive a more polished front bumper with a dual bar front grille, new designed projector headlamps, front fog lamps, chrome door handles with keyless entry and a subtle side skirt. The rear section mirrors the pre-facelift model, save for a new backdoor handle with keyless entry. These two higher end models ride on 14-inch “Spiral design” alloy wheels.
Inside, the changes on the Axia is less obvious. All variants now get an Eco indicator and a redesigned instrument cluster. Like on the Bezza, the SE and Advance variants now feature keyless start button and parking sensors off button. Lastly, exclusive to the Advance variant is a touchscreen infotainment system with Smart Link (projects your smartphone onto the display screen).
On the safety front, unfortunately the Axia does not get active safety systems like the Bezza. While dual airbags are standard across the range, ABS is omitted on the base Standard E model. All Axias are awarded with a four-star ASEAN ANCAP safety rating.
Customers can have their Axia facelift in six exterior colours – Midnight Blue, Ebony Black, Glittering Silver and Ivory White, whereas Lava Red and Sunflower Yellow are reserved for SE and Advance models. There is also a range of genuine Perodua GearUP accessory packages to choose from.