The official introduction of the 2019 Perodua Axia is around the corner, and ahead of its debut, the updated hatchback has been partially revealed via a video ad, which was aired during the Big Stage 2019 concert on Astro Gempak over the weekend.
The video teases the car in quick fashion, and we get to see the face of the new SUV-inspired variant called the Axia Style, albeit through a partial glimpse. The model features SUV-style black plastic cladding around the fenders (which can be seen very very briefly in a frame) and lower body, with silver painted sections at the lower front and rear bumpers that mimic skid plates.
The Style’s front end is dressed with black carbon-textured stickers, and the model also gets a unique dotted grille insert and an exclusive Style colour, in this case orange. Also finding its way on are decorative black roof rails. The Style sits taller than the rest of the range by 15 mm, as a result of 15-inch alloys (an inch up) and thicker tyres, along with the the aforementioned roof rails.
Inside, the Style features seats upholstered in a unique “denim” fabric, which has a “fish scale” pattern and contrast stitching. The automaker is expecting the Style to do well, anticipating that 20% to 25% of total Axia sales will come from it.
The Axia has been around since 2014, and received a midlife facelift in early 2017. Versions up to now have had two unique faces, a normal one and a sportier one for the SE and Advance, but all Axia variants now share a common face with the 2019 update, with trim denoting the differences of each.
The outgoing Axia range had four trim levels (E, G, SE, Advance), but this will now be expanded to six with the addition of GXtra and Style variants. No changes to the running gear – the 1KR-VE 1.0 litre three-pot VVT-i mill continues on with 67 hp and 91 Nm, and it’s available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmission.
Safety-wise, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) makes its debut in the Axia, available from the GXtra up, while the automaker’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 safety suite also finds its way on, although only on the range-topping Advance variant.
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