Launching new models will continue in line with new normal business practice.
Below islist of 10 new cars to be launched in Malaysia in 2021 Well technically 11 cars as the BMW M3 and M4 are two different models but they are expected to be launched at the same time, because they have a lot in common.
This is what Rocky looks like from the inside.
1. Perodua D55L SUV
The budget compact car giant is expected to delay the launch of its B-segment SUV until March, after many thought it would launch this year.
However, Covid-19 has caused disruption (may continue to occur if infection numbers continue to rise or vaccine rollout is slow).
All in all, the small SUV codenamed D55L is based on the Daihatsu Rocky/Toyota Raize. It is slightly larger than the Myvi and will be positioned above the hatchback.
Comparisons with the popular Proton X50 are inevitable, although the D55L is expected to be less refined and cheaper.
In Japan, Rocky's power comes from a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine mated to a CVT transmission that produces 98PS and 140Nm of torque. It's not yet set in stone. Instead, Perodua can use the familiar 1.5-liter powertrain known from Myvi.
2. Proton S50
The S50 could very well be the successor to the Preve, which is now ready for production.
The S50 is based on the Geely Binrui which debuted in China more than two years ago and was recently cosmetically updated for a sportier look.
Binrui is built on the Geely BMA platform, which was developed in cooperation with Volvo.
Despite the declining appeal of the C-segment as society shifts towards SUVs, Proton still needs to offer vehicles in this class to meet the needs of public fleets.
In the latest versions, Geely has abandoned the 1.0-liter engine and upgraded the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine to 139 hp (+8) and 235 Nm (+20). Power is transferred to the wheels via a CVT transmission.
The BMA platform is also known for being versatile enough to accommodate other engine options such as the X50's 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine and seven-speed DCT.
3. Bankruptcy BMW M3/M4
Online pre-orders for the more powerful versions of the M3 sedan and its sibling, the M4 coupe, began earlier this month.
Both models are expected to hit the market in the third quarter of 2021.
Pricing for new models (on the road without insurance) starts with M3 competition and is RM 664,800.
The price of the M4 model is RM 684,800. Both models are offered with additional kits as part of the optional Innovation Pack.
In the "performance" version, both cars are powered by the S58 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine that produces 510 hp at 6,250 rpm and 650 Nm.
The engines are controlled by an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic for the rear wheels.
The M xDrive all-wheel drive system will not come here until mid-2021.
4. Volvo XC40 PHEV
Given that Volvo and its Malaysian electrification specialists are only a matter of time before it delivers a plug-in hybrid version of the XC40. Currently, only the T5 R Design model is sold in Malaysia with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 hp/350 Nm.
The Thai XC40 Recharge T5 is said to be imported from Volvo's factory in Malaysia, so we expect Volvo Malaysia to dedicate some to domestic consumption. The XC40 Recharge T5 uses a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which, when combined with the electric motor, produces a system power of 258 hp/425 Nm. All torque is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch wet transmission.
We expect the T5 R Design to be phased out with the final release of the PHEV.
Note that the XC40 Recharge is also available as a fully electric vehicle with a range of 400 km.
Given the growing power of compact SUVs, it would be negligent if Volvo did not take advantage of this wave and introduce a compact SUV to the local market that is also more environmentally friendly. The XC40 Recharge T5 is a proposal for people looking for an ecological premium class SUV characterized by a high level of safety.
5. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Stuttgart launched the new S-Class in September, with the flagship expected to debut in Malaysia in 2021.
Mercedes-Benz stated that in the new S-Class it created an atmosphere of well-being and a showroom character characterized by elegance, high quality and lightness. A special highlight is the dashboard with its new architecture, modern surface design and ergonomic display layout.
The new model has become more intelligent in many areas, and the driving experience is on a higher level. Digital innovations such as MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) are joined by innovations that increase driving pleasure while making driving even safer: these include a steered rear axle with a large steering angle and safety innovations such as a rear airbag air.
A range of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines in various performance classes are the first engine variants for the new S-Class. A V8 engine with integrated starter-generator (ISG) and 48-volt on-board electrical system will soon be available. In 2021, there will be a plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of around 100 km.
For the Malaysian market, there are 2 variants of the S-Class in the current configuration with a 6-cylinder petrol engine followed by a plug-in. The all-electric S-Class for Malaysia is still in the air.
6. Honda City Hatchback
As the City Hatchback made its world debut in Thailand last month, its arrival in Malaysia won't be far behind. Just like in 2021.
Based on the fifth-generation City sedan, the City Hatchback is 208mm shorter but 21mm taller and available in three variants. Apart from the rear, the rest of the car is visually and externally the same as the sedan version.
While Honda Malaysia continues to sell the aging Jazz, it is expected to be phased out to make way for the City Hatchback to compete with the Toyota Yaris.
Compared to the City sedan, the hatchback offers more legroom than the sedan and is equipped with Ultra seats, which allows for the practicality of a four-seat rear configuration. It is also longer and wider than the Jazz.
The City Hatchback in Thailand uses a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine with multi-point fuel injection that produces 122 hp and 173 Nm of torque mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) similar to the City sedan on offer there.
For Malaysia, the engine fitted is likely to be a 1.5-litre i-VTEC DOHC four-cylinder that delivers 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque, similar to what the local City sedan currently uses. The gearbox is likely to be a CVT as well.
7.VW Golf GTI
The eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTi is coming, which is exciting news in itself. Moreover, for the first time, it will be assembled locally, making it more affordable to the masses.
The new GTI boasts a 245 hp 2.0-liter engine that can reach a top speed of 250 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds.
The GTi comes in a manual version, but the Malaysian market gets a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
The chassis was significantly modified and all electronic functions were connected to a central computer. This driving dynamics manager is designed to bridge the gap between a decidedly sporty setup and high long-distance comfort.
The LED strip extends across the entire bonnet, making the GTI recognizable even at night.
Inside, the classic check pattern has been given a fresh new look and now covers the new sports seats.
The old three-spoke sports steering wheel has been transformed into a new multifunctional leather sports steering wheel with touch controls and an optional integrated Travel Assist button for assisted driving of the Golf up to 210 km/h.
8. Defender of Land Rover
The offroad maestro is scheduled to land in the first quarter of 2021.
The Defender's permanent all-wheel drive design builds on the car's utilitarian roots to provide a more refined yet rugged appearance.
After its world premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Defender won 28 international awards.
Land Rover also introduced a range of Ingenium inline-six diesel and petrol engines with mild hybrid technology and the advanced P400e plug-in hybrid powertrain, which offers a range of up to 43km in all-electric mode.
Power ranges from 197 hp to 394 hp.
The Defender is available in 90, 110 and practical Hard Top commercial versions.
The five-door variant of the Defender 110 is half a meter longer than the Defender 90, which has three doors. Land Rover said the smaller model could still seat six people.
9. Nissan Kick e-Power
Hey, it's another SUV again. The arrival of the Nissan Kicks has been rumored since 2018, but its premiere has been "pushed" from 2018 to 2020, and it is now said to arrive in 2021.
In the meantime, the Kicks shoes have had a facelift to maintain their position, and were unveiled in Thailand earlier this year.
For consumers, Kicks will diversify the competition that currently includes the Proton X50, Renault Captur and Honda HR-V.
The facelifted Kicks feature a larger V-shaped grille, as well as upgraded headlights and boomerang-shaped light graphics on the taillights.
The D-shaped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels give the SUV a sporty look.
Premium safety features in Kicks can include Smart Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Intervention and Crossing Traffic Alert.
The Kicks features Nissan's e-Power hybrid system, where the car is driven by an electric motor, while the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is used solely as a generator to charge the 1.57 kWh lithium-ion battery stored under the front seats . .
The electric motor produces 127 hp and 260 Nm of torque.
10. Lexus LM350
Some automakers still believe in minivans. First, Lexus will unveil the all-new LM350 luxury multi-role vehicle in May.
The LM350 is basically the infamous Toyota Alphard with more space and amenities that pamper passengers. Instead of the Alphard's 7 seats, the Lexus MPV only has 4 seats to make it more exclusive.
In the second row, there are two VIP seats with plenty of legroom, even with the Adaptipedic seats fully reclined.
Other premium features include air-cooled and heated function seats with massage ottomans, a mini fridge, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson reference sound system and a 26-inch Full HD display panel for rear passengers. For privacy for the rear passengers, a glass wall is included that can be raised or lowered at the push of a button to close the front seats.
The MPV is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine with four overhead cams that delivers 296PS and 361Nm of torque mated to an 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission
Lexus Malaysia is accepting bookings from this month. The price of the MPV starts at RM1,148 million.