Automotive Perodua Ativa AV Exterior Pearl Delima Red Black Roof 2

Published on March 3rd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


Perodua Ativa Launched With Turbo Engine and CVT

Three variants of the all-new Perodua Ativa have been launched in Malaysia.

After a year of rumours and teasing a ‘D55L’ SUV based on the Daihatsu Rocky, Perodua has finally launched the Ativa. Perodua has collected 5000 bookings since opening order books on 19 February 2021. This compact crossover comes to Malaysia in 3 variants: Ativa X, Ativa H and Ativa AV with prices ranging from RM61,500 to RM72,000 depending on colour choice.

These prices will last until the Sales Tax Exemption on cars expires at the end of June 2021. It’s also a little lower than the initially anticipated RM62,500-RM73,400 price bracket thanks to a 95% localisation rate of parts.

Engine Perodua Ativa AV Interior and gearbox

All variants of the Perodua Ativa are powered by a 1.0L, 3-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine with DOHC and VVT, the 1KR-VET. Think the Axia engine, but with turbocharging. This motor produces 92PS and 140Nm of torque.

BHP_Euro5 diesel

Sending this power to the front wheels is a D-CVT – a CVT that automatically switches between two modes of operation depending on speed. At lower speeds, a torque converter sends power through input and output pulleys to the wheels, like most Japanese CVTs do. At medium to high loads, there is a secondary gear system within the D-CVT unit that is used. This helps reduce CVT whine that’s common at higher speed.

It is also said to have efficiency benefits, while also reducing how hard the engine needs to work at higher speeds. The biggest downsize to this sort of transmission is that there’s a pretty low power output that it can handle, and the Ativa falls just under its 150Nm torque threshold. So, it’s perhaps not a good idea to tune this engine for further gains.

Perodua Ativa AV Exterior Pearl Delima Red Black Roof 3


The Perodua Ativa sits on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform. It’s gets a MacPherson setup in front and a torsion beam at the rear. According to Daihatsu, this platform was designed to be relevant at least for another 10 years in terms of NVH, safety, electrification and autonomous driving tech.

Perodua have made Malaysia-specific adjustments for the Ativa, including redesigning many internal and external components, resulting in a slightly larger footprint than its Daihatsu and Toyota sister models. The suspension has also been firmed up to suit Malaysian tastes.

The Ativa’s measurements are 4,065mm in length, 1,710mm in width and 1,635mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2,525mm.


Here’s what each variant of the Perodua Ativa brings.

Perodua ATIVA X

  • Colours
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Glittering Silver
    • Granite Grey
  • 16″ wheels
  • 6 Airbags
  • Advances Safety Assist 3.0
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Lane Departure Prevention
    • Pedal misoperation control
    • Autonomous braking with pedestrian detection
  • LED reflector headlights with auto high beam
  • 3 USB ports in front
  • Radio with Bluetooth functionality
  • 4 speakers

Perodua Ativa H (adds)

  • Colours
    • Pearl Delima Red
    • Pearl Diamond White
  • 17″ rims in dual tone finish
  • Adaptive Driving Beam
  • Steering audio controls
  • Front parking sensors
  • Reverse Camera
  • Full LCD instrument cluster
  • 9″ infotainment unit with Smartlink for Android devices

Perodua Ativa AV (adds)

  • Colours
    • (no Cobalt Blue option)
    • Pearl Delima Red with Black Roof
    • Pearl Diamond White with Black Roof
  • Driving Assists
    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Lane Keep Control
    • Blind Spot Monitor
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Leather upholstery

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