01 February 2012

Perodua Alza SR - Full detail, from RM53,013

Perodua Alza SR - full detail, technical spec, pricing detail, official photo and brochure photo

The battle for the homegrown MPV is getting more interesting. While Proton moves it Exora range upwards (with 21st century engine plus CVT and luxurious Prime version), Perodua expands its Alza model downwards with the trimmed down accessories. Enter the Perodua Alza SR. No, the SR moniker does not buy you a high performance version as the moniker usually implies, but instead it is the cut-priced version of the Perodua popular MPV. There are two variant for the Alza SR. First up is the BX (5 speed manual) while the other one is BZ (4 speed auto). While it is cheaper than the Standard version of Alza ( the SX and EZ version), the loss of equipment is not that drastic, as the Standard model is pretty bare already. However, my previous posting has some error in the equipment level. My apology for that.

Based on the brochure photo you can see here, the exterior is pretty similar to the rest of Alza range. Closer inspection on the specification list, the Alza Standard model omission of rear spoiler and fog lamp has been accompanied by the deletion of rear wiper and the front hood garnish is now body colored instead of finished in chrome plating. The 15" alloy wheel on 185/55 R15 still intact, so are the side mirror mounted indicator. However, the side mirror is now manual operated instead of electrically operated. The projector-type headlamps are still featured though.
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Similar differentiation can be found on the inside too. Just for a recap, the aesthetic of Standard Alza and Premium Alza is differentiated by the silver painted accents on the power window switch panel, steering wheel garnish, chromed door inside handle and the blue lighting for the instrument panel. While the Premium (and Advanced) model get those, the Standard model gets material colored panel and door inside handle, as well as amber lighting for the instrument panel. The Alza SR naturally follows the Standard Model trimming.
However, the rest of interior is slightly different. Both manual and automatic version gets an individual front seat instead of a bench-type for the automatic variant of the Standard and Premium. Hence, the floor console appears on both manual and auto version, so are the hand operated parking brake. The audio system is as per Standard model, i.e Radio-CD player with MP3/WMA capable. No USB and Bluetooth here, not a deal breaker really. Another omission is the UV protected glass, which is now featured for the front windscreen only. More after the jump.

In terms of the safety item, Alza SR is as per the Standard Model, hence you'll get no airbags and ABS+EBD. Thankfully, the alarm and immobilizer systems are retained. Both front and rear window are still power operated.

The color choices for Alza SR is limited to 3 choices for now. The Glittering Silver and Ivory White are the carried over color, while making a debut for Alza is the Mystical Purple, is the one on the new Myvi.

Other than that, the Alza SR is just as good as the rest of Alza range. The loss of equipment is marginal really, supported by the fact that Perodua quoted a similar kerb weight to the Standard version. None of convenience and safety (on the top of the convenience and safety loss) are loss compared to the next model up in the range. As for interior aesthetic, common, do you buy a car purely because it has silver painted parts? This trend should be gone sometimes in the future as it is quite pathetic to differentiate trims by applying additional paints on the plasticky parts. The front individual seats is good too if you ask me.

For a recap, Perodua Alza is 4,205x1695x1620mm in length x width x height. The wheelbase is pretty long at 2,750mm for its overall length. The kerb weight is 1120 and 1140kg for the Alza SR BX and BZ respectively, which is exactly the same as the SX and EZ versions. Suspension is McPherson up front and the torsion beam at the back. Braking is taken care by the disc and drum combo. The means of propulsion is provided by the 3SZ-VE 1,495cc lump, that features DVVT on its dual overhead cam valvetrain system. Power is 104bhp@6000rpm and torque figure is 136Nm@4400rpm. Performance can be describe as leisurely.

How much, do you ask? The BX manual version is priced at RM53,013.50, while the BZ automatic transmission is slightly more expensive at RM56,013.50. The Standard spec Alza manual is currently priced at RM55,503.50, so some RM2,500 has been knock-off from the price with minimal interruption to the convenience and aesthetic of the Alza.

So head up to the sales agent and put up your queries if you are interested. The car can be viewed at the showroom from tomorrow onwards. My personal verdict is that, if you are buying an Alza, the variant to go for is either the Premium version or...this one, the SR. The standard model is now rendered to irrelevance!

The official photos of the Alza SR can be found below:

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