Perodua Myvi GT too costly to build as production unit – to be toned down and badged as new Myvi SE?

Remember the hot new Perodua Myvi GT concept that was on display at the last Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show? Well, according to Perodua Sales managing director Datuk Dr Zahari Husin, it would be very costly to put the concept into production.

What makes it expensive, you ask? Items such as the bespoke wide body kit, sports suspension, huge 17-inch wheels with 205/40 Bridgestone Adrenalin RE003 tyres, Brembo brakes, sunroof, carbon-fibre parts, as well as leather bucket seats, a unique D-shaped steering wheel, and extensive use of leather and Alcantara.

But don’t be too quick to dwell in your sorrows, because as it turns out, Perodua may offer a toned down version of the hatch. Looking at the current line-up, the sportier-looking, better equipped Myvi SE has yet to join the range. Perhaps the “toned down Myvi GT” could be branded as such, replete with more aggressive bumpers, darker wheels, and the accompanying sporty kit.

In terms of powertrain, the Myvi “SE” should be powered by the same 2NR-VE 1.5 litre engine that makes 102 hp at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine is mated to a four-speed E-AT automatic transmission, driving the front wheels. Like the rest of the Myvi range, it should also be classified as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).

With Perodua now putting more emphasis on safety, expect the Myvi SE, or any variant of its equivalence to come with Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) as well, if not the more sophisticated ASA 2.0 that’s available on the Aruz 1.5 Advance. What do you think? Are you disappointed? Let us know, below.
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