A really good post on Penang Malaysia.

Following the launch of the 2022 Perodua Myvi facelift here in Malaysia a couple of months back, the updated crowd-favourite hatchback has now also made its way to Indonesia, rebadged – just like before – as the Daihatsu Sirion.

The Sirion will be assembled here in Rawang, and brought into Indonesia as a fully-imported model (CBU). But interestingly, it also comes with more features than the Myvi that we get here in Malaysia!

More specifically, the Daihatsu Sirion gets a touchscreen infotainment display on its dashboard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity – something that we sorely miss on the Myvi!

While we understand that different nations prioritise different features, it’s still odd to see such a highly-requested feature being offered in one and not the other, even though they’re built on the same assembly line. Could this mean that the feature might be offered on future Perodua models? Only time will tell!

Another unique feature on the 2022 Daihatsu Sirion facelift in Indonesia is the addition of a built-in air purifier in its air conditioning system. In the post-covid world where we’re all more aware of airborne bacteria and viruses, an air filter is definitely a welcome addition to any car, and we hope that future Perodua models will also come with it built-in too.

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Aside from these additions, however, the rest of the 2022 Daihatsu Sirion mostly mirrors the styling features and equipment offered on the Perodua Myvi, with the two variants – X CVT and R CVT – mostly following the 1.5 X and H offerings of Malaysia’s favourite hatchback. Well, except for the LED daytime-running lights up front.

Despite the Sirion going one-up on the infotainment system front, it loses out to the Myvi in terms of active safety systems – with none on offer across both variants. Here in Malaysia, the Perodua Smart Drive Assist (PSDA) system is already offered on the entry-level 1.3 G variant, albeit as an extra-charge option.

Both variants of the 2022 Daihatsu Sirion facelift in Indonesia are powered by the 1.3-litre naturally-aspirated inline-four engine, making 95 hp and 120 Nm of torque. Power is sent exclusively to the front wheels via the new D-CVT gearbox.

Pricing for the Daihatsu Sirion starts from IDR 227.6 million (approx. RM69k) for the X CVT variant, moving up to IDR 236.8 million (approx. RM72k) for the range-topping R CVT variant.

In comparison, the range-topping Perodua Myvi 1.5 AV here in Malaysia is priced at RM58,800. While it’s not a straight apple-to-apple comparison given that both countries have a different tax structure, the Perodua Myvi is still significantly more affordable than the Sirion – even with the full suite of ADAS system, and a more powerful engine. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

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