Right here’s our first full gallery of the Perodua Ativa Hybrid within the traditional complete fashion that and love, with each exterior angle and each inside nook/cranny coated. As a bonus, now we have the subscription-only Ativa Hybrid side-by-side with the regular Ativa Turbo that you may purchase in showrooms.
In case you don’t already know, the Ativa Hybrid is the topic of an ‘electric vehicle study’ in addition to a ‘long-term mobility as a service market examine’. The primary examine is to grasp driving behaviour of a hybrid automobile in cities (Klang Valley, Penang and JB account for 60% of Perodua gross sales, with KV alone contributing 40%) and the opposite is to grasp client acceptance of a five-year subscription service, versus the normal automotive buy and possession.
Programme members must pay an upfront cost of RM2,150 (contains refundable three months security deposit, the primary month charge and stamp responsibility) adopted by a month-to-month subscription charge of RM500 for the following 5 years. Upkeep (together with put on and tear gadgets), insurance coverage and highway tax might be coated by Perodua, because the Ativa Hybrids are registered below the corporate, not within the title of the shoppers.
It’s a five-year dedication and the mileage cap over the interval is 100,000 km, which averages to twenty,000 km a 12 months or 1,666 km per 30 days. On the finish of the tenure, the overall quantity paid to Perodua can be RM30,150 and the hybrid will return to the corporate. By the way in which, all 300 models are in the identical specs and color – Pearl White with out the non-obligatory black roof.
As talked about, this can be a examine and never a commercial subscription programme, so members should consent to having a GPS telematics system fitted within the automotive. That is in order that P2 can examine driving and utilization patterns. The subscriber will even must submit common experiences to Perodua, presently scheduled without delay each quarter.
Transferring on to the automotive, the Ativa Hybrid is actually a CBU Japan Daihatsu Rocky e-Smart Hybrid rebadged to be a Perodua. The P emblems (entrance, rear, steering wheel) and Ativa wordmark have been fitted on Malaysia-bound automobiles by DMC in Japan, and there’s no ‘T’ (for turbo) badge on the tailgate, which is plastic. Notice that the rear quantity plate cutout is a small JDM sq.. From this level, I’ll be calling the Ativa Hybrid the Daihatsu Rocky to make it much less complicated, as we’ll be evaluating it with the Ativa Turbo.
The white paint accentuates the Daihatsu Rocky’s entrance finish, which as you’ll be able to see, could be very totally different from the face that P2 designed. The Ativa grille is wider and is joined to the headlamps, with chrome strips emphasising this. It provides an impression of width to what’s a somewhat slender automotive, which I like. The Rocky’s narrower grille has a cascading scaled insert, which units it aside from the Ativa’s horizontal traces.
Daihatsu makes use of triangular cutouts for the fog lamps whereas Perodua employs inverted ‘L’ shapes – the identical motif is repeated on the rear bumper. Talking of bumpers and grilles, the Rocky’s is reduce very abrupt at each ends – you’ll be able to see the sharp, vertical look clearly in profile. In distinction, the Ativa’s entrance grille is extra protruding and the bumper’s edges sit barely additional out. This provides the Perodua marginally longer dimensions and a extra ‘pure’ look, for the shortage of a greater descriptor.
Different ‘spot the distinction’ factors embrace the trim bridging the headlamps (full black for Rocky, half chrome for Ativa), the shortage of skid plate-style silver trim at each ends on the Rocky and the JDM automotive’s smaller and rounder wing mirrors. The Rocky’s passenger-side mirror provides on two small mirrors exhibiting the kerb. Additionally, the Rocky’s mirror caps are body-coloured; they’re black on the Ativa, regardless of which color you select.
As a result of the Ativa is such a well-recognized sight now, the Rocky stands out with its distinctive face. And people cool wheels. The 17-inch two-tone rims are in a way more dynamic blade-style design, however the tyres are much less dynamic – it’s a hybrid, so effectivity is paramount with the Dunlop Enasave eco tyres, versus the Ativa’s all-rounder Bridgestone Turanza T005A 205/60 touring tyres. The Hybrid’s 195/60 tyres are additionally narrower.
By the way in which, the wheels on these two automobiles can’t be swapped. The Rocky’s rims have 5 lugs (higher for heavier automobiles, P2 says) whereas the Ativa has 4. As is typical for hybrids, there’s no full dimension spare right here, only a tyre restore equipment within the boot’s sidewall.
As talked about, the Rocky’s tailgate is plastic. This isn’t uncommon for automobiles in Japan, however automotive corporations sometimes change the hatch to steel for the Malaysian market to match the native mindset of metal being stronger. An instance of that is the T32 Nissan X-Path. One other space that has been tweaked to go well with native wants is the suspension – the JDM Rocky’s setup is 15 mm decrease and it’s softer sprung too.
Earlier than we transfer inside, word that the keyless entry for the Rocky works on each the driving force and passenger facet doorways, versus solely on the driving force’s facet for the Ativa. P2 says that its methodology – single contact to unlock solely the driving force’s door, double contact to open all – is for security. We will get behind that, however sensors on two sides does add some comfort.
As soon as inside, you’ll discover that the Hybrid contains a excessive centre console incorporating an digital parking brake (with auto maintain, as per the Alza AV) and two deep cupholders. In distinction, the Ativa’s centre console has a “valley” between the gear space and armrest, and a guide handbrake resides right here together with devoted lock/unlock buttons. The latter is a function that’s lacking on the JDM automotive. Win some, lose some.
Additional up, the Daihatsu comes with its personal local weather management panel. This single-zone AC cluster has two knobs and an auto perform. P2’s unit within the Ativa has no auto mode, however I discover its distinctive two-position reminiscence perform to be extremely helpful – P2 house owners, would you commerce reminiscence for auto? Personally, I received’t as I by no means use auto anyway, however I do assume that the Daihatsu panel appears higher. Beside that, the push begin button is blue on the hybrid, and the JDM automotive additionally will get seat heaters.
Transferring on, the unique Japanese head unit has been swapped for a local Ativa unit, however this additionally implies that there are not any audio steering buttons and reverse digital camera on the rebadged automobiles. Technically, Perodua may have added these on, plus a dashcam, however maybe it was an excessive amount of work. These are options that after you’re used to them, it’s exhausting to return to the previous means of doing issues, so acclimatisation is required.
The “decrease spec” really feel of the Hybrid that P2 ordered is clear upon first contact – its key fob has two much less buttons and feels empty in consequence. That impression is affirmed by the empty buttons on the steering wheel, the AV’s pink highlights and the native high spec automotive’s two-tone leather-based seats. Nonetheless, it didn’t take various kilometres for my bum to want the Japanese seats, that are softer and a good bit extra comfy.
As for match and materials high quality, it’s just about the identical for each. These aren’t costly automobiles they usually’re not pretending to be premium both. As a substitute, the dashboard has a novel design, robust shapes and a geometrical theme happening. Look very carefully and also you’ll discover totally different grains for the primary dashboard piece.
Lastly, hybrid-specific options embrace distinctive meter markings corresponding to Eco/Energy/Cost as a substitute of the standard tachometer (there are a few appears to select from, like within the Turbo) and an influence move web page within the multi-info show.
There’s additionally a Good Pedal perform for one-pedal driving, and the S-PDL button is the place the ADAS buttons are. Single pedal driving brings loads of regeneration and “engine braking” into play – when you’re used to S-PDL distances, the brake pedal is diminished to occasional use, corresponding to mild faucets for the automotive to come back to a whole cease.
The Hybrid is powered by a 106 PS/170 Nm electrical motor, with a 82 PS/105 Nm 1.2 litre WA-VEX Atkinson-cycle three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine appearing purely acts as a generator for the hybrid battery. The e-motor powers the wheels through an HEV transaxle, which implies that this collection hybrid mannequin works like a spread extender electrical automobile, like Nissan’s e-Energy system.
Not like Honda’s e:HEV hybrids, there’s no direct drive connecting the ICE and the wheels, though in observe, Daihatsu’s ICE – when lively – feels straight linked to throttle actions. By the way in which, the Hybrid’s ICE is a 1.2L NA unit, whereas Malaysian-made Ativas use a 1.0L turbo with 98 PS and 140 Nm.
The Hybrid’s claimed gas consumption is 3.6 litres per 100 km on the WLTP cycle, which is 27.8 km/l. Perodua says that it’s able to 31.3 km/l within the Malaysian Driving Cycle, which is meant to replicate native driving circumstances. That implies that on the present RON 95 worth of RM2.05 per litre, a journey from KL to Penang (358 km) can price as little as RM23 in gas.
Sounds too optimistic? We’ll attempt it out and share our findings. On paper and based mostly on appears, which do you favor – Hybrid or Turbo? Additionally, what do you consider the RM500 per 30 days subscription programme? Nice deal or would you favor to personal the automotive after you end paying for it?
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