It was caught earlier this week, and now it’s official – the Perodua Bezza has been given an update for the 2017 model year. The company’s first sedan has been given a few aesthetic tweaks for no extra outlay.
There’s just one exterior change – the rear bumper has been given a deeper skirt that better covers the underside of the car, a major source of complaints on the outgoing model. A diffuser-like cutout and a contrasting grey strip that runs across the width of the car breaks up the visual mass.
Inside, the Premium X and Advance variants get chrome platinum trim on the air-conditioning controls, while the Advance also gains new leather upholstery that does without the previous quilting.
Apart from that, there are no changes, with the base Standard G continuing to come with 14-inch alloy wheels, a standard radio with a USB port, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, reverse sensors, power windows, dual airbags and ABS with EBD and brake assist.
Stepping up to the Premium X nets you front fog lights, side mirror indicators, chrome door handles, keyless entry, push-button start, a bootlid release button, an auto up/down driver’s side window with anti pinch, a 5V/2A USB charging port, adjustable rear headrests, Bluetooth and front parking sensors.
The top-spec Advance variant throws in two-tone turbine-design alloys, side skirts, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, power-folding door mirrors, automatic engine start/stop, a touchscreen infotainment system with Smart Link Android smartphone screen mirroring and a reverse camera. Stability control is also added, giving the car a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, one up from the other trims.
Mechanicals have also been left alone, so the Standard G retains the use of a 1KR-VE 1.0 litre VVT-i three-cylinder engine producing 67 hp and 91 Nm of torque, while the Premium X and Advance variants get a 1NR-VE 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i four-pot making 94 hp and 121 Nm. Buyers get a choice between a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic, with the Advance being auto-only.
As mentioned, prices are unchanged, so the Standard G is priced at RM37,300 for the manual and RM39,300 for the auto, and the Premium X retails at RM42,800 for the manual and RM44,800 for the auto; the Advance auto tops out at RM50,800. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year/150,000 km warranty.