Perodua Alza

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Perodua Alza
Perodua Alza in Penang.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Perodua
Production 2009–present
Assembly Malaysia
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Layout FF layout
Related Perodua Rusa
Toyota Passo Sette
Daihatsu Boon Luminas
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L 3SZ-VE l4
Transmission Five-speed manual
Four-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length 4,205 mm (165.6 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,620 mm (63.8 in)

The Perodua Alza is a compact MPV produced by Perodua aimed at young families. It is a second attempt in re-badging MPV after Perodua Rusa. It is a badge engineering of the Daihatsu Boon Luminas and Toyota Passo Sette, but uses a de-tuned 1.5-litre Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Terios engine. The name is derived from the Spanish verb alzar, which means "to raise". The name came from an internal competition held amongst Perodua's staff during the car's development phase.[1]

Most Malaysians view the Alza as a "Myvi on steroids".[2] Since its selling price is almost identical to the Proton Exora's, contrasts between the two cars have been drawn in the Alza's disfavor. It has been noted that the Alza lacks the advanced features of the Exora, such as the Body Control Module (BCM) which allows automatic activation of certain car functions.[3]

Alza was the best-selling MPV in Malaysia for 2010 by total sales of nearly 42,000 units, beating the Proton Exora by a margin of 15,000 units. The average number of Alza sales per month is around 2,800 units as Malaysian mostly believe[neutrality is disputed] on Toyota's reputation on this Perodua's badge compact MPV compared to homegrown Proton's own Exora.[4][5]

Timeline[edit]

In November 2009, Perodua launched the Alza in two variants, 1.5 Standard and Premium, both available with manual and automatic transmission.[6] Also, Perodua begins taking orders for the Advanced version. Deliveries of this more luxurious model begin in March 2010. One year later, Perodua launched a limited edition version called the M2, with Advanced version equipment and "M2" badging and a special colour called "Mignight Blue".[7]

In February 2012, Perodua launched a base model called SR, priced lower than the Standard. UV protection is only available on the front and main windscreen and there is no rear wiper and no rear spoiler. In terms of safety, there are no fog lamps, airbags, ABS, EBD, or BA.

July 2012 saw an updated version of the advanced version.

March 2013 saw the replacement model of the standard and the sr variants. The replacement model was called s series. It had extras like fog lamps, leather steering, rear spoiler, chrome door handles (inside) and painted door arm rests. It is priced from RM53,517 (MT solid) to RM57,017 (AT metallic).[8]

Facelift[edit]

Late December, Perodua teased of a new Alza on their website. On the 10th of January 2014, the facelift perodua alza was launched. Three version were available; standard( manual and auto transmission), se (manual and automatic transmission) and the advanced model (only available in auto transmission.)

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Specifications[edit]

5MT 4AT
Engine
Engine type 3SZ-VE
Valve mechanism DOHC, 16V (4 valves per cylinder) with DVVT
Total displacement 1495 cc
Bore and stroke 72.0 mm × 91.8 mm (2.83 in × 3.61 in)
Compression ratio 10
Max. power output 76 kW (104 PS) @ 6000 rpm
Max. torque 136 Nm (13.9 kg.m) @ 4400rpm
Fuel system EFI
Fuel tank capacity 42 liters
Dimensions and weight
Overall length × width × height (mm) 4205 × 1695 × 1620
Interior length × width × height (mm) 2540 × 1415 × 1310
Wheelbase (mm) 2750
Kerb weight (kg) 1120/1130 1140/1150
Seating capacity 5+2

Quality issues[edit]

After its initial release, the Alza received many negative comments from its own newly found owners about its built-up quality and workmanship. The complaints posted included: brake pads releasing too much brake dust when used; faulty disc brakes; poor sound insulation at speeds over 70 km/h; petrol fumes detected after filling at the station; inadequate roof insulation, especially on rainy days; broken door levers; unusual sounds coming from the air-conditioning system; unusual heat build-up at the rear right seat, steering rack vibration and noises on uneven roads and water coming in through the front headlamps. Extreme and uneven paint works causes the exterior to scratched and chipped easily. Uneven rustproofing has also been reported.[10][11]

There are also complaints of certain models that came with faulty gearboxes, especially prevalent on automatic transmissions. Symptoms include sudden strong vibration upon engaging reverse gear, and the slight delay in changing gears. Other symptoms includes a hard-to-reproduce soft tapping noise on the engine compartment, and a slight engine over-revving upon gear change from third to fourth gear. A handful of cases involving accidents that result in Alzas engulfing in flames has earned this car a nickname "Kereta Mudah Terbakar" (Malay translation for Flammable Car).[10]

Up until early 2012, Perodua had not issued any recalls of the Alza.

In May 2012, Perodua issued a recall order for both the Alza and its first-generation pre-face-lifted hatchback MyVi for an extension of an air-conditioning pipe that previously could cause rust on the steering rack.

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