According to reports by other media outlets, the name represents an “act of continuous dynamic motion that signifies progress”. The arrival of Perodua’s first ever 7-seater SUV should give the likes of Honda’s BR-V (up to RM 10k extra) and Toyota’s new Rush (up to RM 20k extra) a run for their money.
The Aruz will be available in two variants – 1.5 X at RM 72,900 and the 1.5 AV at RM 77,900 – attached with a 5-year/150,000 km warranty (whichever comes first).
“The Perodua Aruz is expected to complement our existing product line-up and based on our value proposition, we expect sales to average 2,500 units monthly or 31,200 units by end of 2019,” said Perodua President and CEO, Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
At the heart of the Aruz is a 1.5-litre 2NR-VE engine, the same unit you’d find in the new Perodua Myvi and the Aruz’s stepbrother, the Toyota Rush, but makes slightly less power with 105 hp and 136 Nm of torque. The Dual VVT-i unit is paired to a four-speed automatic transmission.
With 95 per cent of its components locally-sourced, the Perodua Aruz is the national carmaker’s fourth Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV), with a class-leading fuel economy of 15.6 km/L.
In the more expensive 1.5 AV, the Aruz is added with the automatic headlamp feature, front fog lamps, roof rails and skid plates at the front and back.
Inside, you get a 7.0-inch touchscreen head unit, a multi-function steering wheel with only tilt adjustment, single zone air condition with memory function, like the one you find in the Myvi, integrated Smart Tag, USB ports in the front and second row and second-row air-con blowers.
For an extra RM 5k, the 1.5 AV gets treated to leather upholstery instead of fabric, applied similarly to the steering wheel and gear knob, along with smartphone mirroring functions via a HDMI port and a dash cam.
Safety wise, all variants of the Aruz comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Descent Control and ISOFIX while the 1.5 AV gets the extra Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 system which includes Pre-Collision Warning (between 4 km/h to 100 km/h) and Pre-Collision Braking (4 km/h to 80 km/h) with pedestrian detection (4 km/h to 50 km/h), front departure alert and pedal misoperation control. It’s an upgraded version from the ASA 1.0 system you get in the new Toyota Rush, as shown in our video.
The Perodua Aruz has also been awarded a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS).
From 9th of January onwards, customers who purchase the Perodua Total Protect Plus motor insurance will not only enjoy free Perodua Auto Assist benefits but also free unlimited unnamed drivers, flood allowance of up to RM1,000 and Personal Accident coverage of up to RM10,000.
Perodua Aruz 1.5 X
Perodua Aruz 1.5 X
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