Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
In September 2018, Perodua introduced the second facelift for the Alza, the first one being launched in 2014, and brought more features for the entire range.
Perodua tried to keep its promise to provide the most affordable seven-seat minivan on the Malaysian market. Its Alza MPV was chased by the other local competitor, Proton Exora. When the Alza’s second facelift arrived, it was available in three trim levels, and the Standard version sported the 2014 model-year bumpers but still kept a few other amenities from the 2019 model.
On the exterior, the 2018 Alza featured a new aerodynamic package and new headlights, but only for the SE and Advance trim levels. The Standard model kept the older ones which were similarly shaped but with a different interior lamp design. The new bumper received a slightly more aggressive styling on the side scoop area, while the grille sported two chromed horizontal slats. All versions received standard fog lights. In the back, the taillights got clear lenses instead of the red ones from the 2014 model (only for SE and Advance).
Perodua introduced more interior changes, especially for the Advance trim level, which received leather seats with a nice carbon-fiber look detail for a center strip. On the center stack, the carmaker installed a new infotainment unit for the entire range. The Advance version featured an additional screen mounted on the ceiling for the rear passengers/children for the full-options version. All versions received USB and Bluetooth connectivity, but only the Advance was available with Android Auto and touch-screen.
Under the hood, the 2018 Alza featured the same powertrain option as before. The Standard and the SE versions were fitted as standard with a five-speed manual and an option for a four-speed automatic, while the Advance version featured a standard four-speed automatic.
In 2014, Perodua introduced a facelifted Alza compact MPV, coming with a new design, more safety features and enhanced technology.
The exterior adopts new bumpers, with a wide gaping lower grille, new headlights and taillights as well as new colors and rims. The interior gains ISOFIX points for the second seats row while the row can now be split in half. An extra compartment in the center armrest for the automatic model has been added while the top end version comes with a new multimedia system that includes a ceiling-mounted display for the rear passengers. New sat-nav and reverse camera are part of the list too.
The need for more small-sized MPVs on the Malaysian market determined the local carmakers to come with new ideas, and Perodua came with the Alza.
Perodua didn’t have enough experience to develop a car from scratch and asked Toyota for help. The two brands worked on all Malaysian carmaker products, starting with Perodua’s first vehicle in 1994, the Kancil, which was a rebadged Daihatsu Mira (L500).
The car was not designed or engineered by Perodua; it was developed by Daihatsu. At the front, the raked front fascia started from the bumper and continued as a slightly arched ascending line toward the car’s roof. From its sides, the car resembled the Nissan Note and other small-segment minivans, but the rear windows were typical for Toyota/Daihatsu products. In the back, the carmaker installed the vertical taillights high on the D-pillars to protect them from bumps and parking-lot hits.
Inside, the Alza featured room for up to seven passengers with a 50/50 split-folding middle row and a folding third row. Access to the rear row was more difficult since the second row didn’t tumble; it just folds and not even completely flat. At the front, the driver enjoyed a high seating position. Perodua kept the same dashboard as its Daihatsu Boon sibling, with a center-mounted instrument cluster.
Perodua installed the same 1.5-liter gasoline engine as its Japanese siblings and paired it with a five-speed manual gearbox. A four-speed automatic was on the options list.