Remember this little rascal from the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS 2018)? It was arguably the most viral car of the show and for good reason too. So, what happened to the Myvi GT after the show? Did it die a solitary death in the confines of Perodua’s Rawang plant as an idea ahead of its time?
Well, turns out it might’ve just been hibernating but the battery hasn’t died on this potential king of the road. It might just live to fight another day.
According to Perodua, they’re still evaluating the feasibility of actually putting the Myvi GT into production and allowing the public to purchase this apex predator known for taking down unassuming cars on the road with its killer high beam flashes.
Granted, the largest obstacle here is cost and subsequently, pricing. Although the Myvi GT should sell quite a bit more than special edition vehicles from other makes, its volume will still pale in comparison to what Perodua is accustomed to.
Not only does Perodua need to be sure it’ll recoup the investment required to put it into production, it has to ensure that it can be done within a certain period of time.
Furthermore, the Myvi GT concept displayed at KLIMS 2018 had a substantial amount of kit that just doesn’t seem feasible for a production version.
There’s a bespoke body kit giving it a pretty predatory facade, like a killer out to hog the fast lane of highways all for itself. Under the arches were 17-inch wheels wrapped in sticky Bridgestone RE003 rubbers and hidden behind them were Brembo brakes. Perodua also fitted a sunroof, some carbon fibre trim pieces inside and wrapped everything they could in Alcantara and leather; including the semi-bucket seats and what appears to be a Volkswagen steering wheel that fits the theme pretty well.
A likely but unpopular way to greenlight the Myvi GT would be to cut out some of the excessive bits from the concept. A diluted take would probably see the return of the Myvi SE badge that wears the body kit, wheels and probably some of the interior enhancements.
If that does turn out to be the case, you should expect the 1.5-litre 2NR-VE engine from Toyota to propel it with less-than-predatory 103hp and 136Nm of torque. You’ll need to stop dreaming if you think a manual is going to be available. Nope, it’ll most likely pack the four-speed automatic.
Lastly, given that it’ll cost quite a bit more, you can expect that a version of Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite of safety tech will be available.
As to when; if ever, the Myvi GT will come to a showroom? We’re not betting people but a safe guess would be when the current Myvi’s facelift exercise is carried out.