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  • Perodua Myvi officially launched in Brunei – 1.3G and S-Edition; new SE or GT body kit coming to Malaysia?

    Perodua has officially launched the third-generation Myvi in Brunei, with distribution being handled by GHK Motors in the country. Buyers there will have access to two variants, including the 1.3G and S-Edition, the latter being rather interesting and isn’t offered in our local market (we’ll get to that later).

    The 1.3G is pretty much identical to the 1.3 Standard G AT available here, and is powered by a 1.3 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-i that makes 94 hp and 121 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a four-speed torque converter automatic driving the front wheels, with a rated fuel consumption of 20.3 km/l.

    Standard equipment for the 1.3G includes 14-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, keyless engine start/stop, fabric seat upholstery, a standard head unit with USB input, reverse sensors, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, four airbags and an emergency stop signal system. This variant is priced at B$17,246 (RM53,045) – about RM10,000 more than what we pay here – and comes with a three-year/100,000-km warranty.

    That’s all well and good but the big surprise here is the S-Edition, which is essentially the 1.3G but with a body kit and other accessories added on. In the metal, the variant bears a close resemblance to the Myvi GT put on display at the 2018 KL International Motor Show (KLIMS), and is totally different from the GearUp items offered in Malaysia.

    At the front, the S-Edition gets a bolder front grille framed by silver trim, with a tweaked Perodua logo placed in the centre of the honeycomb mesh insert. This insert design is replicated for the more aggressive bumper, which comes with three large intakes, a splitter in the lower apron and a small “S-Edition” badge.

    Down the sides, the car doesn’t get the fancy wheels and Brembo brakes like on the KLIMS show car. Instead the 14-inch units are of a fan-style design that differs from the regular 1.3G, and is complemented by accented side skirts and decals that run from the VVT-i badge on the front fender to just beyond the rear doors.

    Moving towards the rear, you’ll find a prominent diffuser element at the bottom and no dual-exhaust setup, along with a roof spoiler that is larger and stands out taller than what was seen on the Myvi GT. As for the interior, it remains unchanged and features the same kit as the 1.3G.

    For now, the S-Edition is only offered in Brunei but it isn’t too far-fetched to say that this may (or may not) be the SE or GT kit that Malaysia (could) get in the future. There’s also a possibility that the parts are made independently by Perodua’s Brunei dealer and not supplied by Perodua themselves. In any case, what do you think of this body kit for the Myvi? Would you like this to be an option in our market? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

    GALLERY: Perodua Myvi GT at the 2018 KL International Motor Show

  • Mazda 3 and CX-30 Skyactiv-X launched in Australia – up to 35% more expensive than 2.0L petrol variants

    The Mazda 3 and CX-30 with the mild-hybrid SkyActiv-X Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) engine have been announced for the Australian market as the top trim level variants for both the C-segment hatchback and SUV models. The Mazda 3 will be the first to get the SkyActiv-X engine, with a market launch set for August, followed by the CX-30 later in the year.

    To recap, the SkyActiv-X 2.0 litre engine produces 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 224 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm, and this peak torque figure arrives 1,000 rpm lower than in the regular Skyactiv-G engine. The Mazda M Hybrid 24-volt mild hybrid system drives an electric motor that aids acceleration, while a consumption figure of 5.4 l/100 km on the WLTP test cycle is claimed.

    Dubbed the Mazda 3 X20 Astina and CX-30 X20 Astina in Australia, pricing for the top SkyActiv-X trim variants will start from AUD40,590 (RM120,727) for the the Mazda 3 as a six-speed manual or AUD41,590 (RM123,672) as a six-speed automatic, and from AUD46,490 (RM138,551) for the CX-30 that is automatic and AWD only.

    In Australia, this represents a AUD3,000 (RM8,923) premium over the G25 (SkyActiv-G 2.5 litre petrol) version. The margin grows much larger when compared to the 2.0 litre petrol version – a powertrain selection which we receive in Malaysia – which goes for AUD29,990 (RM89,187) for the G20 (SkyActiv-G 2.0 litre) Touring.

    This makes the mild-hybrid Mazda 3 SkyActiv-X variant 35.3% more expensive than its 2.0 litre conventional SkyActiv-G sibling. Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-30 is priced at AUD34,990 (RM104,127) in G20 Touring trim, which makes the SkyActiv-X version 32.9% more expensive.

    Going by those margins for the Malaysian market, a 35.3% price premium over the RM154,679 commanded by the Mazda 3 2.0 Hatchback High Plus would estimate a price tag of around RM210k for a SkyActiv-X version of similar specification, while a 32.9% premium over the RM170,459 for a CX-30 2.0 AWD High would estimate a price of RM225k for an equivalent SkyActiv-X variant. These figures are rough extrapolations, of course, here based on Australian pricing.

    What do you think, dear readers – if offered here in Malaysia with such prices, would you still consider SkyActiv-X versions of the 3 and CX-3, despite them being deep into premium brand territory?

    GALLERY: 2020 Mazda CX-30 2.0G High

    GALLERY: 2019 Mazda 3 2.0 High Plus Sedan


  • Nissan Magnite budget SUV concept teased for India

    Nissan has released a teaser image of its new concept SUV, previewing a forthcoming budget B-segment offering for the Indian market. The existence of this car was previously hinted in the company’s “A-Z” video earlier in the year – which also previewed the next Z sports car – where it was listed under “M”.

    The car was previously tipped to be called the Datsun Magnite, according to Autocar India – the hexagonal grille is evidence of the original plan for the car to be offered under the low-cost brand. However, the appearance of the Nissan badge on the centre caps shows that the strategy has changed (the Datsun brand is set to be phased out, after all), and the Magnite will be shuffled into the main Nissan lineup.

    More Datsun design cues include the slim headlights and L-shaped LED daytime running lights, details that were first seen on the facelifted redi-GO hatchback. The concept also showcases the usual show car elements, including massive two-tone wheels wrapped in chunky tyres, large black body claddings and a smattering of metallic trim.

    The Magnite will be the latest in a series of affordable vehicles underpinned by the entry-level A variant of the Common Modular Family (CMF-A) architecture. It will share its underpinnings with the also-forthcoming Renault Kiger, a five-seater version of the Triber. Autocar India says that the car will be powered by either the Triber’s 72 hp/96 Nm 1.0 litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder or 95 hp turbocharged version, with transmission options that include a five-speed manual, a five-speed automated manual or a CVT.

    The Magnite concept will be unveiled globally on July 16, with the production version slated to be introduced in the second half of the 2020-2021 financial year.

  • Auto Bavaria launches new 4S dealership in Tebrau – BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI, BMW Premium Selection

    BMW Group Malaysia and its dealer partner Auto Bavaria have launched a new 4S dealership in Tebrau, Johor to better serve customers in the state beginning July 15, 2020. The new facility, known as Auto Bavaria Tebrau, will handle the following brands: BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI and BMW Premium Selection.

    “BMW Group Malaysia takes pride in our impressive network of dealers that span across the country. Auto Bavaria, whom have been with us for more than 30 years are experienced in the premium automotive industry, having achieved remarkable growth in the past three decades as they consistently strive to deliver the best to customers across Malaysia,” said Harald Hoelzl, managing director of BMW Group Malaysia.

    The new dealership boasts a built-up space of 63,000 square feet, with the ability to display up to ten units of BMW and BMW Motorrad vehicles, six MINI vehicles as well as eight vehicles from the BMW Premium Selection portfolio. Staffed by over 80 members, customers will get to enjoy various facilities like a dedicated lounge, the Isetta Bar and BMW Lifestyle area.

    “A new journey is ahead of us in the southern region to deliver the premium ownership experience to more customers here. We continue to stay true to our promise of providing not only the best in customer service, but to exceed expectations in delivering what BMW has always stood for – providing Sheer Driving Pleasure,” commented Andy Tian, dealer principal of Auto Bavaria Tebrau.

    Auto Bavaria Tebrau is located at 3B, Jalan Persiaran Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru.

  • July 2020 week one fuel price – prices drop; RON 95 to RM1.65, RON 97 to RM1.95, diesel is down to RM1.84

    Another Friday, and so it’s time for the usual weekly fuel price update. After having gone on an upward path for nearly two months, there’s finally some good news for motorists – fuel is set to become a bit cheaper in the coming July 4 to 10 week.

    The ministry of finance has announced that Euro 4M RON 95 petrol will be priced at RM1.65 per litre in the coming week, down four sen from the RM1.69 it was last week. Similarly, RON 97 gets a four sen drop and goes to RM1.95 per litre for the coming week (RM1.99 last week).

    As for Euro 2M diesel, it’s a two sen decrease for the fuel, which means its price has been revised to RM1.84 per litre (RM1.86 last week). This means that Euro 5 diesel, which costs 10 sen more than Euro 2M diesel, will be priced at RM1.94 per litre in the coming week.

    These prices will remain in effect until July 10, when the next fuel price update is announced. This is the 26th edition of the weekly fuel pricing format for 2020 and the 78th edition in total for the format, which runs from Saturday until the following Friday.

  • T32 Nissan X-Trail Tuned by Impul debuts in Malaysia – SUV gets four variants, priced from RM140k to RM168k

    Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has introduced the Nissan X-Trail Tuned by Impul, which as its name suggests, kits up the third-gen SUV with a number of Impul enhancement items. The pack contains elements seen on the Impul X-Trail showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon.

    Dress-up bits consist of an Impul Aerokit, which introduces dual tone front and rear aero bumper aprons as well as side skirts. The front grille also gets gloss black cladding, and a split mounted rear spoiler, also finished in gloss black, makes its way on.

    The Tuned by Impul T32 facelift rides on 18-inch Impul Aura SX-50 multispoke wheels, which are fitted with 235/55 profile Continental ContiMaxContact MC6 tyres. The only mechanical change comes in the form of an Impul Sports Spring set to improve handling response. Apart from the expressive exterior and performance parts, the variant gets new Maroon Nappa leather upholstery for the interior.

    The new Nissan X-Trail Tuned by IMPUL package is available for the 2.0L Hybrid, 2.5L 4WD, 2.0L 2WD MID and 2.0L 2WD versions of the SUV, the set adding RM11,000 to the cost. The sales tax exempt, on-the-road prices (without insurance, Peninsular Malaysia) of the Tuned by Impul versions are:

    • 2.0L 2WD – RM139,630
    • 2.0L 2WD MID – RM150,643
    • 2.5L 4WD – RM157,731
    • 2.0L Hybrid – RM168,451

    The kit on the new Nissan X-Trail Tuned by Impul is factory fitted, and the vehicle comes standard with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, whereas the accessories come with a three-year or 100,000 km warranty (whichever comes first).

    Additionally, ETCM has announced that X-Trail owners who are interested in adding on the Impul package can do so, the items being available individually at the following prices:

    • Impul Aerokit (front and rear bumper spoilers, and side skirts) – RM5,600
    • Impul 18-inch Aura SX-50 wheels (set of four) – RM5,800
    • Continental ContiMaxContact MC6 tyres (235/55 R18, set of four) – RM2,800
    • Impul Sports Springs – RM1,100
    • Gloss black split mounted rear spoiler – RM800
    • Gloss black Front grille cladding – RM700

    The new variant will make its appearance at selected Nissan showrooms in the upcoming Nissan X-Trail Tuned by Impul carnival, from July 18.

    GALLERY: Impul X-Trail, 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon

  • 2020 Honda WR-V facelift launched in India – updated styling and kit; petrol and diesel engines; from RM49k

    The 2020 Honda WR-V facelift has been officially launched in India, a few months after the third-gen Jazz-based “SUV” first appeared on Honda India’s website and social media. Originally set to be introduced in April, the launch was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic that hampered production at the company’s plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan, where the WR-V is made.

    Revisions to the exterior include a new front end that sees a bolder Solid Wing chrome grille sitting above horizontal slats instead of a honeycomb mesh insert. The WR-V also sports redesigned headlamps, fog lamps and a new light signature for the taillights, all of which are LED-type units on the range-topping VX variant – the base SV will come with halogens instead.

    Both variants will also get a new design for their standard 16-inch wheels, but only the VX comes with an electric powered sunroof, side mirror indicators and a rear wiper. As before, the WR-V boasts side body cladding, front and rear skid plates as well as roof rails as signs of its “go anywhere” and rugged persona.

    Moving inside, the WR-V receives an updated pattern for the fabric seat upholstery and the infotainment system has been upgraded to a seven-inch touchscreen that offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, navigation with live traffic support, an infrared remote control and various media playback options.

    These items are standard on both the SV and VX, along with four speakers (the VX gets two additional tweeters), a multi-view reverse camera, rear parking sensors, manually adjustable front seats, a multi-info display, steering wheel controls and single-zone automatic air-conditioning. The VX gets extras like keyless entry and engine start, cruise control, power-folding side mirrors, silver dash trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a front map light and a centre armrest.

    Honda India is offering the WR-V in six exterior finishes, including Premium Amber Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, Radiant Red Metallic and Platinum White Pearl.

    Safety-wise, the entire line-up comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belt reminder, high speed alert, impact-mitigating headrests and a brake override system (sensors recognise when the accelerator pedal and brake pedal are being pressed at the same time).

    In terms of engines, buyers have access to a 1.2 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC petrol unit that delivers 90 PS at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. This has a rated fuel consumption of 16.5 km/l and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

    An alternative is a 1.5 litre four-cylinder i-DTEC turbodiesel with 100 PS at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm, which is rated at 23.7 km/l. Going this route nets you a six-speed manual gearbox instead, and both engines are compliant with India’s latest emissions standard, BS6.

    The SV with a petrol engine will cost 849,900 rupees (RM48,731), while the diesel version goes for 979,900 rupees (RM56,181). Springing for the VX with the i-VTEC will will set you back 969,900 rupees (RM55,608) and the most expensive variant is the i-DTEC-powered VX at 1,099,900 rupees (RM63,076).

  • BMW to release OTA updates for Operating System 7 – navigation, Connected Charging, Digital Key support

    BMW will be releasing a vehicle software upgrade this month with new and improved features for vehicle connectivity and navigation, according to the German automaker. This will be its most comprehensive software upgrade to date, and the revisions will be included from the factory for every new BMW model that features Operating System 7, such as the latest G30 5 Series LCI, it said.

    BMW vehicles built before July which are compatible with the system, which are already in the customers’ care can have the new features added through a free over-the-air software upgrade from the third quarter of the year onwards, the automaker said.

    Updates applied include BMW Maps that is made to be faster, more intuitive and more accurate, says BMW, as a new cloud-based route calculation enables a significant improvement in performance, it says. Real-time traffic information as well as historical and extrapolated data are used, and BMW Maps avoids unnecessary detours through residential areas through its comprehensive volume of data.

    Also added are contextual information for points of interest, such as ratings, business hours and location images, and BMW Maps can be controlled by voice with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

    Connected Parking has been updated to support searching for parking spaces, with additional services. This includes on-street paring information which not just shows the driver the parking spaces, but also takes into account the size of the vehicle when comparing it with the parking situation on site, says BMW.

    The update also helps drivers of these newer BMW PHEV models navigate areas which restrict access based on emissions. BMW eDrive Zones employs geofencing to switch the vehicle into pure electric vehicle mode when entering low emissions zones, and the eDrive Zones function is currently available in more than 80 European cities.

    BMW Points will be offered in the future as part of a loyalty programme, and these can be collected through drives conducted in emissions-free mode. These points are doubled when the BMW PHEV is driven in eDrive Zones in pure electric mode, the company says.

    For electric and electrified BMWs, Connected Charging enables users to observe details of past charging processes in the mobile app, define specific times of the day in which to allow charging of the car, as well as to send push notifications to the user’s smartphone when charging events take place.

    Where public charging is concerned, Connected Charging services now includes additional, detailed information on individual charging stations such as operating hours, providers or authentication options. Availability of these service are displayed at first sight, says BMW. Points of interest near the charging stations such as restaurants are listed for the driver’s best use of charging time.

    Information such as charging status and available range are available to the driver at all times, both in the vehicle and through the mobile app. Fully electrified BMWs will offer a range indication in the form of a blue circle overlaid upon a map view.

    If the vehicle detects that the driver needs a break, a suitable stop will be suggested, one with available charging options. The onboard route planner automatically adds charging stations according to the route and schedule, and also takes into account the available rapid charging stations.

    The update which rolls out this month also supports the Digital Key function for iPhone users. Once again, the G30 5 Series LCI is the first to support the new feature, and nearly every model in the BMW line-up will support Digital Key (Apple calls theirs CarKey) usage, with a few exceptions.

    This upgrade to the Operating System 7.0 also brings wireless Android Auto, which adds wireless connectivity for users of Android-based mobile devices in addition to wireless Apple CarPlay for Apple iOS mobile device users, which is already supported in Operating System 7.

  • 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat debuts with 710 hp 6.2L supercharged V8 – world’s most powerful SUV

    The Dodge Durango has been given a refresh for the 2021 model year, which sees the addition of a new SRT Hellcat variant, so you pretty much know what to expect. Welcome, everyone, to the world’s most powerful series production SUV.

    At the heart of the Durango SRT Hellcat is a 6.2 litre supercharged HEMI V8 that pushes out 710 hp and 875 Nm of torque. While the latter is identical to what was offered by the previous king of the hill, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the SRT Hellcat has three horsepower more to take the crown, although it is still shy of the 717 hp and 889 Nm offered by the Challenger and Charger in SRT Hellcat guise.

    Compared to German rivals, Dodge’s offering beats the BMW X5 M Competition (617 hp and 750 Nm), Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic+ (603 hp and 850 Nm) and even the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (542 hp and 770 Nm) – the electrified Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid comes close with 671 hp and 900 Nm.

    To achieve those figures, the model sports a 2.38 litre supercharger with twin-screw rotors capable of spinning at up to 14,600 rpm and delivering boost pressures as high as 11.6 psi. To make sure everything remains cool, there are charge air coolers integrated into the supercharger, comprised of a water pump, coolant reservoir and heat exchanger to keep intake air temperatures below 60 degrees Celsius.

    Other facts include forged internals (crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons), a specially tuned crankshaft damper burst tested to 13,000 rpm, piston-cooling oil jets, aluminium-alloy cylinder heads, along with sodium-cooled exhaust valves, hollow-stem intake valves and steel-alloy heads that stand up to temperatures as high 900 degrees Celsius. The SUV also sports a cold-air scoop to feed the 92-mm throttle body and two high-flow variable pressure fuel pumps.

    Getting the power down to the road is the task of an eight-speed TorqueFlite 8HP95 automatic transmission – the same one used in the Trackhawk – as well as an all-wheel drive system and a set of Pirelli Scorpion Zero 295/45 profile all-season tyres (Pirelli P-Zeros are also available).

    In terms of performance, the SRT Hellcat will get from zero to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 3.5 seconds, covers the quarter-mile sprint in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 290 km/h. Dodge also says the SUV will lap a 3.4-km road source 1.5 seconds faster than a 2020 Durango SRT 392, which equates to nine car lengths after one lap.

    Power aside, the model also comes with upgraded suspension that is more responsive with a 20% increase in total rebound control and 18% stiffer rear damper top mounts. The company also claims reduced understeer and body roll, improving responsiveness when attacking a corner.

    There are also Brembo high-performance brakes, with six-piston calipers and 400 mm rotors at the front, while the rear gets four-piston calipers and 350 mm rotors instead. Stopping from 96 km/h is said to take just 35 metres, which is quite a feat for a vehicle of this size.

    To make sure the SRT Hellcat stands out, it doesn’t get fog lamps at the front, with the openings being used to help cool the massive engine. There’s also a two-piece front splitter and Hellcat-specific 20-inch wheels, while the rear features a spoiler that generates 181 kg of downforce at the vehicle’s top speed.

    The facelift also sees a new grille that mimics the look of the Charger, paired with slimmer headlamps and LED rear lighting. As for the interior, changes include a larger centre console storage cubby and a redesigned centre stack, the latter serving to accommodate a 10.1-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect 5 infotainment system that has the Performance Pages app in the SRT Hellcat.

    The rest of line-up – SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T and SRT 392 – also sees some changes. The R/T with the Tow N Go package and the SRT 392 have a best-in-class towing capability of 3,946 kg (8,700 pounds). The Tow N Go package includes items that are standard on the SRT Hellcat, including bumpers, fender flares, 20-inch wheels, the aforementioned Brembo brakes, adaptive damping suspension and a limited-slip differential.

    Engine-wise, the SRT 392 gets a 6.4 litre HEMI V8 delivering 475 hp and 637 Nm, while the R/T and Citadel are powered by a 5.7 litre HEMI V8 rated at 360 hp and 529 Nm. The Citadel also gets a 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 with 295 hp and 352 Nm that is shared with the SXT and GT variants. An eight-speed automatic is standard, with rear- and all-wheel drive available.

    The full suite of safety features, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic detection, forward collision warning with active braking, advanced brake assist and LaneSense lane departure warning with lane keep assist comes standard on the Citadel onwards.

    2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

    2021 Dodge Durango R/T Tow N Go

    2021 Dodge Durango Citadel

  • FIRST LOOK: 2020 Range Rover Evoque, from RM427k

    The new Range Rover Evoque was launched last week, and since then we’ve taken a closer look at the fashion-forward SUV. You’ve seen our live photos; now, you can watch our walkaround video to know more about the second-generation L551 model.

    Available in two variants, the new Evoque is priced at RM426,828 for the base P200, while the P250 R-Dynamic you see here retails at RM475,398. Both prices include the 50% reduction in sales and service tax (SST) and exclude registration, road tax and insurance.

    Design-wise, the Evoque retains its distinctive look but borrows key styling cues from the larger Velar, including flush door handles. Inside, the car features the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with twin ten-inch touchscreens in the centre console. A longer wheelbase has increased rear legroom and freed up an extra 10% of boot space, the latter listed at 591 litres.

    Power comes from a 2.0 litre Ingenium turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in two outputs, with the variant names roughly corresponding to the amount of horsepower on tap. The P200 makes 200 PS and 320 Nm of torque, whereas the P250 gets 249 PS and 365 Nm. A nine-speed ZF gearbox comes as standard, as does a part-time all-wheel-drive system.

    Want to know more about the local specs as well as some of the main features of the new Evoque? Watch the video above as we take you through the highlights of this handsome British SUV. You can also read our review here, and check out the full list of specifications and equipment on


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Last Updated 04 Jul 2020