It took National Carmakers Perodua about 3 years to conjure its latest pride and joy, the New Ativa. The delay of its arrival was of course due to the lockdown imposed by the Government as recently as January 2021.
Fast forward to present, Perodua finally made it official with the unveiling of its new compact SUV. The New Ativa is developed under the company’s Smart Build Blueprint and its contents are 95 percent localized. The Ativa is co-developed by Perodua and its long-standing partner Daihatsu.
With a starting price of RM61,500, the Perodua Ativa is obviously a budget friendly SUV. It is the first-ever Perodua made car to carry a 1.0-liter turbo engine, paired to a CVT transmission. The compact engine with CVT enables a fuel efficiency of 18.9 km/l, by far the most frugal Perodua ever and of course, an EEV vehicle. At the same time, it has Autonomous Driving level 2, a first for a Perodua.
Upon a closer look, the new Ativa resembles the RAV4 to some degree. The exterior is highlighted by the chrome fixtures on the black mesh front grille, slim headlights with DRLs, a skid plate on the lower front bumper and black trimmings on the foglights. The side has two-tone color scheme to match the wheel arches, which makes it unique from rival compact SUVs. From the rear, the car has a shark-fin antenna and slightly raised rear- end. Typical of SUVs, the Ativa features sleek combination rearlights and slightly tilted number plate on the lower portion of the rear bumper.
The car has several color options and specifications with the base variants or Ativa X in Glittering Silver/Granite Grey/Cobalt Blue color combination. The next tier of Ativa H comes in Glittering Silver/Granite Grey/Cobalt Blue or Special Metallic Pearl Diamond White/Pearl Delima Red combination. The highest variant Ativa AV is offered in Glittering Silver/Granite Grey, Pearl Diamond White/Pearl Delima Red and Pearl Diamond White/Pearl Delima Red.
The interior of the Ativa SUV is somewhat spacious and fits five adults comfortably. The main highlight is the 7″ multi-info display and 9″ display touch screen infotainment system with voice recognition.
The Ativa comes with Perodua’s ASA (Adv. Safety Assist), which is standard across the board. ASA 3.0 works at higher speeds (up to 120 km/h for vehicles, up to 60 km/h for pedestrians). Other standard safety equipment include 6 airbags, automatic LED headlights with Auto High Beam, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, and Adaptive Driving Beam (H and AV grades). The top flight Ativa gets Lane Keep Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The New Ativa is available at Perodua showrooms nationwide with a price range from RM61,500 up to RM72,000.