Close-up of Toyota Raize under the name Perodua Ativa Hybrid and Turbo versions in Malaysia

Perodua is the familiar Toyota Raize model in Vietnam, but the production rights were acquired by the Malaysian domestic car company. Perodua Ativa currently has two versions in the Malaysian market including Ativa Hybrid and Ativa Turbo.

Ativa Hybrid is basically a Daihatsu Rocky e-Smart Hybrid imported CBU (complete unit) from Japan renamed Perodua. The P emblems (front, rear, steering wheel) and Ativa lettering are made in Japan and fitted on cars destined for the Malaysian market and do not have the ‘T’ emblem (for turbocharged engine). on the plastic rear door. However, one notable point is that the rear license plate is a small square.

It can be seen that the front of the car of Daihatsu Rocky (Ativa Hybrid) is extremely prominent with white paint, very different from the front that Perodua designed. The Ativa grille is wider and connected to the headlights, with chrome strips as the highlight. It gives the impression of the width of a rather narrow car. The Rocky’s narrower grille features a cascading proportion insert, setting it apart from the Ativa’s horizontal lines.

Daihatsu uses triangular cutouts for the fog lights while Perodua uses an inverted ‘L’ shape – the same pattern is repeated on the rear bumper. Talking about the bumper and grille, the Rocky is cut very abruptly at both ends and if viewed from an angle they are very sharp. In contrast, the Ativa’s front grille protrudes more and the edges of the bumper protrude slightly outward. This gives the Perodua a slightly longer dimension and a more ‘natural’ look.

Among the other points include the headlight surrounds (completely black for the Rocky, while partially chrome for the Ativa), the absence of skid plate-style silver trim at both ends on the Rocky, and the car’s smaller and rounder side mirrors. JDM. Rocky’s passenger side mirror has two additional small mirrors to expand visibility. In addition, Rocky’s mirror caps will be the same color as the body color.

Rocky becomes more impressive when it has 17-inch wheels with a more dynamic blade design. Compared to the Bridgestone Turanza T005A, the Ativa’s all-round tire is a 205/60 touring tire. The Hybrid’s 195/60 tires are also narrower.

Besides, the wheel positions of these two cars are not interchangeable. The Rocky’s rims have five spokes, while the Ativa’s have four. As usual with hybrids, there will be no full spare wheel and only a tire repair kit in the side wall of the boot.

The Rocky’s rear door is plastic, which is not unusual for cars in Japan. However, to suit the Malaysian market, auto companies often change the hatch to metal.

As for the interior, the Ativa Hybrid features a high center console with an integrated electronic parking brake (with an automatic hold feature, according to Alza AV) and two deep cupholders. In contrast, the center console of the Ativa Turbo does not have this point, but only has a recessed area between the gear lever and armrest area, the manual parking brake is located here along with dedicated lock/unlock buttons. .

Furthermore, Daihatsu comes with its own climate control panel. The AC cluster has two buttons and an automatic function. Perodua’s trim in the Ativa doesn’t have an automatic mode, but its unique two-position memory function is extremely useful. In addition, the start button is blue on the hybrid version and the car also has heated seats.

Next, system-specific features include unique gauge markings like Eco/Power/Charge instead of the usual tachometer (there are several skins to choose from, like the Turbo) and power flow page in the multi-information display.

Not only that, there is also a “Smart Pedal” function and the S-PDL button is where the ADAS buttons are located, bringing many new experiences and the “engine brake” is effective if you are familiar with the S-PDL distance and pedals. The brake will be reduced for occasional use, such as gently pressing the vehicle to a complete stop.

The Hybrid is powered by a 106 PS / 170 Nm electric motor. The WA-VEX 1.2 liter 3-cylinder naturally aspirated 82 PS / 105 Nm engine, operates entirely as a generator for the hybrid battery. The electric motor powers the wheels through an HEV transmission. Typically hybrid models in this line operate like a range-extended electric vehicle, like Nissan’s e-Power system.

Unlike Honda’s e:HEV hybrid, there is no direct drive connecting the ICE (gasoline engine and wheels) although in fact, Daihatsu’s ICE, when in operation, feels directly connected. in contact with throttle movement. The Hybrid’s ICE is a 1.2L NA engine, while the Malaysian-made Ativa uses a 1.0L turbocharged engine with 98 PS and 140 Nm.

The Hybrid’s announced fuel consumption is 3.6 liters/100 km on the WLTP cycle, which is 27.8 km/l. Perodua says it is capable of reaching 31.3 km/l in the Malaysian driving circuit, which is said to reflect local driving conditions. That means that with the current RON 95 gasoline price of RM2.05/liter (VND11.3 thousand), a journey from KL to Penang (358 km) can cost as little as RM23 in fuel. (126 thousand VND).

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