The much anticipated Perodua SUV code-named D38L is officially open for booking; And the name given to this Toyota Rush carbon copy is Aruz. Though the name is not truly well-received by many, Perodua has explained that the name, like what we have expected come from the Bahasa Malaysia word of "arus" which means flow in English. Aruz was coined as as it symbolizes non-stop dynamic motion which signifies progress. Understandably, the chosen name could have been better but then again what done is done.
The meaning behind Aruz
Now that Perodua's latest SUV has been formally announced for booking. Let us dig a little bit deeper to find out if Aruz has the specs that can compete against the likes of Honda BRV and the more expensive Proton X70. Malaysians who have been on the edge of their seats can finally stop biting their nails to order the Perodua Aruz SUV which are priced at RM72,200 (1.5X variant) and RM77,200 (1.5AV advanced variant) respectively. Do note that the prices exclude on-the-road insurance. The price tags directly put the less-equipped Honda BR-V (priced from RM81,000 to RM88,000) to shade. There will be a warranty of 5 years or 150,000km mileage.
The front and rear of Aruz are different from Toyota Rush
So what are the standard equipment for both the different variants? For starters, both the X and AV models come with follow-me-home LED headlamps, air-conditioner vents for second row seats, Touch n Go Reader, Push-start Button, Keyless Entry, 17-inch alloy rims and a touchscreen display with reverse camera function. It is pretty impressive that these "luxuries" are made available across the two variants. Apart from that, there are also the in-house fold-away hooks, anti-snatch handbag hook as well as memory settings for the digital air-conditioner panels that are featured in the latest Myvi.
The brochure of Aruz for you to book your own
As for safety and security, Arus ticked all the boxes to obtain 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating which comes with 6-airbags, the useful Hill Start Assist, VSC and Isofix child seat. The advanced AV Perodua Aruz is equipped with Auto on-off LED headlamps, roof rails, leather upholstery, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering with phone controls, Bluetooth enabled audio system with Smart Link, HDMI, navigational functionality and a dash-cam video recorder. Of course only the high spec model will get the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 which is the integrative suite of Pre-Collision Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control.
Though the safety suite appears to be borrowed from Myvi, it comes with enhanced functions and range. Pedestrian Detection is now functional with speed of up to 50km/h and the operational speed for Pre-collision Warning is operational with a speed of up to 100km/h. Pretty impressive if you ask me. As for Pre-Collision Braking, it can functional with speed up to 80km/h compared to 30km/h of that of Myvi's.
Perodua Aruz 1.5 X – RM72,200
- 1.5 litre 2NR-VE Dual VVT-i engine
- 1,496 cc naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol
- 105 PS at 6,000 rpm, 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm
- Four-speed torque converter automatic transmission
- Eco Idle Start-Stop automatic engine
- 15.6 km per litre fuel consumption
- Body-on-frame construction
- Follow-me-home LED headlights
- 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels
- Silver rear number plate garnish
- Power-folding door mirrors with electric adjustment
- Keyless Entry
- Seven seats with second-row slide, recline and tumble functions
- Fabric upholstery
- Urethane multifunction steering wheel, tilt adjustment only
- Single-zone manual air-conditioning with digital display, memory function
- Second-row air-conditioning blower
- Push-button start
- 7.0-inch touchscreen head unit
- Integrated toll reader (SmartTAG)
- First- and second-row USB ports, third-row 12-volt socket
- Full-sized spare tyre
- Six airbags (dual front, side, curtain)
- ABS with EBD and brake assist
- Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
- Hill start assist
- Hill descent control
- Emergency stop signal
- Seat belt reminders for all seven seats
- ISOFIX child seat anchors on outer second-row seats
Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV – RM77,200
- Automatic headlights
- Front fog lights
- Roof rails
- Front and rear skid plates
- Chrome rear number plate garnish
- Leather upholstery
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel with Bluetooth call button
- Leather-wrapped gear knob
- Piano black dashboard and door trim with chrome highlights
- SmartLink smartphone screen mirroring via HDMI port
- Integrated Driving Video Recorder (DVR) dash cam
- Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0
- Pre-collision Warning with pedestrian detection
- Pre-collision Braking with pedestrian detection
- Front Departure Alert
- Pedal Misoperation Control
So far, everything seems to be pretty amazing for an SUV with plenty to offer. Under the hood, Aruz is powered by a Dual VVT-i Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) engine which comes with Eco Idle which will start and stop automatically. The engine has a 15.6km/l fuel efficiency which is the 2NR 1.5 litre unit that is powering the new Myvi. The good news is, Perodua Aruz will be eligible for fuel subsidy thanks to its green engine.
So are you enticed to be an owner of Perodua Aruz? The SUV will be available in 5 different colours of Glittering Silver, Granite Grey, Electric Blue, Ivory White and Amazon Green. Should you need to pimp your ride, there will be Gear Up accessories package which includes a luggage tray, door visors and coil mates for RM450. Are you ready to book your very own 7-seater Perodua Aruz? Remember it will be RM72,200 for the basic X variant while the Advanced Version variant comes with a price tag of RM77,200.