Spied – Perodua Axia is a rebadged Daihatsu Ayla for Malaysia

Nithyanandh

Nithyanandh K,

As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

Perodua, the second largest automaker in Malaysia, is working on a new small car which could be called the Axia. The Perodua Axia, which will slot below the Myvi hatchback in the automaker’s portfolio, is a badge engineered Daihatsu Ayla.

Perodua Axia spied in Malaysia
The Perodua Axia is a rebadged version of the Daihatsu Ayla.

Perdodua has registered three brand names with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia: Axia, Atrivia and Eliana. The new hatchback could adopt any one of these names but Axia is consistent with the company’s tradition of two syllable four letter names.

The small car in question has been spied by Funtasticko.net and the resemblance to the Daihatsu Ayla is unmistakeable. Save for the new front fascia in the Perodua version, there are no visual differences between the two hatchbacks. The interior is also expected to be closely related.

Daihatsu Ayla front
The image of the Indonesia-spec Daihatsu Ayla is added for your reference.

The Perodua Axia would be powered by the Ayla’s all-aluminium three-cylinder petrol motor which puts out 66 PS and 87 Nm of torque. Transmission options would be a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic unit.

The new Perodua hatchback is expected to be built at the company’s new facility that is coming up near its existing one in Rawang, Malaysia. Given the readiness of the car, the launch is expected this year.

[Spy Image from Funtasticko.net]

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