Perodua Alza

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Perodua Alza
Perodua Alza in Penang.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Perodua
Production 2009–present
Assembly Malaysia: Serendah (PMSB)
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact MPV
Layout FF layout
Related Daihatsu Boon Luminas
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L 3SZ-VE DVVT DOHC l4
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-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 B-segment MPV produced by Malaysian automobile manufacturer Perodua. It was launched on 23 November 2009 as the company's first purpose-built MPV.

The Perodua Alza is based on the Daihatsu Boon Luminas platform, and is powered by the 1.5-litre 3SZ-VE DVVT engine.

The name Alza is derived from the Spanish verb alzar, which means to rise. The name came from an internal competition held amongst Perodua's staff during the car's development phase.[1]

History[edit]

Perodua launched the Alza in two variants, 1.5 Standard and Premium, both available with manual and automatic transmission.[2] The range-topping Advanced model later joined the range in 2010. The following year, Perodua launched the limited edition M2 version, with Advanced version equipment and a special colour called "Midnight Blue".[3]

The Perodua Alza launched in the same year as the Proton Exora, a larger C-segment MPV. The Alza became 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.[4][5]

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.

In January 2014, Perodua launched the facelifted Alza in three variants; the Standard, Special Edition and Advance Edition. The Alza received several cosmetic changes, including a revised front grille, front bumper, rear bumper and new alloy wheels, while the Advanced variant received a multimedia system with navigation and reverse camera. The engine and transmission pairing remained unchanged.

Models[edit]

The Perodua Alza was produced in five different trim levels, in both manual and automatic transmission configurations;

  • Advance Version (ZHV), automatic only
  • Premium (EZi and SXi)
  • Standard (EZ and SX)
  • SR (BX and BZ)
  • S-Series (S)

Safety[edit]

Safety features [N 1]
Variant Standard S Special Edition Advance
Market Malaysia
ABS + EBD + BA
Airbags 2
(front)

The Perodua Alza achieved a 4-star ASEAN NCAP rating. All variants are fitted with twin front airbags, while the mid-range SE and range-topping Advance models add on anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA).

Alza S[edit]

On the 19 September 2015, alongside the Perodua Myvi XS, Perodua launch the Perodua Alza S.[6] The Perodua Alza S replaces the Standard variant. It adds the SE-style bodykit, clear tail lamps and front fog lamps. The interior features a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio switches, an audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and meter panel with white illumination. The Perodua Alza S gets an exclusive Metallic Electric Blue paint option. Prices remained unchanged despite the added features.

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.[7][8]

Up until early 2012, Perodua had not issued any recalls of the Alza. Only in May 2012, Perodua issued a recall order for both the Alza and its first-generation pre-facelifted hatchback MyVi for an extension of an air-conditioning pipe that previously could cause rust on the steering rack.

On October 2014, viral photos showing the rear axle of the new Alza dismantled started to appear and in response, Perodua said that it was due to an accident and neither faulty parts nor other quality issues were to be blamed. They threatened to take legal action against those who spread the photos.[9][10][11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Legend

    Blue : Standard across all trim levels.
    Green : Available on selected trim level(s) only, full package.
    Yellow : Available on selected trim level(s) only, but is not the full package.
    Red : Not available on selected trim level(s), or is the no-frills package.

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