Last Friday, Perodua announced that the highly-anticipated ‘D55L’ SUV has opened for bookings in Malaysia, but without any accompanying images.

The B-segment SUV, just slightly larger than a Myvi, will be offered in three variants – X, H and AV – with prices estimated to range between RM62,500 to RM73,400 on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of sales tax exemptions.

2019 Daihatsu Rocky

The company has since updated its website and have inserted images of key features. The headlamps and taillamps look to be taken directly off the Daihatsu Rocky it is based on.

Perodua also mentioned that these LED headlamps in the H and AV variants have the Adaptive Driving Beam feature that selectively illuminates lighting elements to avoid shining onto traffic on the opposite side, whilst keeping the high beam turned on.

The leaflet also confirms the H and AV variants will come with 17-inch wheels, which should carry Perodua’s own design. The rear bumper also has local styling, with the curves and reflector lamp more consistent with the larger Aruz.

Meanwhile, the fully digital multi-information driver display measuring seven inches also look to be an item from the Daihatsu Rocky. This is not available in the lowest X variant.

In the Rocky, the 1KR-VET 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine makes 98 hp and 140 Nm of torque and will be paired to a D-CVT. The D-CVT transmission, a first for Perodua, adds split gears to existing CVT belt drives and uses both belt and gear drives at high speeds for improved transmission efficiency.

As such, Perodua claims a high fuel efficiency of 18.9 km/L. There is no information if the D55L will be available with an all-wheel drive option.

The Daihatsu Rocky at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

The leaflet basically reiterates all the information that was highlighted in the press release. Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite now comes with Lane Departure Prevention and is standard on all variants, with the range-topping AV variant fitted with Lane Keep Control and Adaptive Cruise Control. This means D55L will also be the cheapest car on sale here in Malaysia to feature Level 2 Autonomous Driving!

A total of five colours are available (no black), with the AV variant having an option for a black roof on Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red, giving these two colours with a two-tone finish.

The Perodua compact SUV, which is rumoured to be named Ativa, is expected to be launched early next month.


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Perodua ‘D55L’/Ativa teaser

Daihatsu Rocky (Tokyo Motor Show 2019)


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