Meet Perodua Jaguh, the rebadged Toyota Etios sedan which will soon be launched in Malaysia.
To start with, Perdua, established in 1992, is Malaysia's second largest automaker after Proton. Toyota's subsidiary Daihatsu Motor owns a 35% stake in Perdua and that's the Japanese connection to this story.
Perodua, which mainly uses Daihatsu components for its products, specializes in mini cars and is not present in the same market segments as Proton. This wise strategy has enabled Perodua to maintain about 30% market share in Malaysia. Last year, the car maker had sold around 1,89,000 units which is the highest annual sales in its history.
The Perodua Jaguh, the rebadged Etios sedan, is the next model waiting to be launched. Here's a leaked brochure scan which comes courtesy of Theophiluschin.com.
Except the grill, logo and the alloy wheel design there is absolutely no change whatsoever to its body. An image of the car's rear is unavailable but we don't expect any significant difference there or to the car's interior which was redone recently with new front seats, an updated music system and new door trims.
As far as the powertrain goes, the 1.5 litre petrol engine that powers the Etios sedan in India is a likely candidate. The motor produces 90PS and 132 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
If the Perodua Jaguh is assembled in Malaysia, the CKD kits are most likely to be shipped from India as the car isn't manufactured in the RHD configuration except by TKM in the Bidadi plant. Toyota manufactures the Etios in Brazil, but with a LHD dashboard and flex fuel engines it is specifically made for regional consumption.
Toyota India is currently exporting the Etios to South Africa and Zimbabwe as a CBU and the Perodua Jaguh could be its first overseas CKD assignment.