The updated Proton Iriz became the first model to be introduced after appointing Geely as their foreign strategic partner. Some of the updates were taken straight off the newer Persona, further refining the B-segment hatchback in many ways.
The key improvements here are Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels and fuel consumption. For starters, there are now just three mounting points for the engine instead of four, which Proton says helps reduce vibration. The cabin is also better insulated from noise, whereas the exhaust system is sourced from a different supplier altogether.
The exterior and interior both get a slight update, but only the 1.6L Premium CVT gets gloss black roof, rear spoiler and side mirrors to contrast the body paint.
Inside, the 1.3L Executive gets a new push-start button, previously reserved only for the 1.6L variant. The seats are part leather (only for Premium) with red stitches on the steering wheel and seats. The Iriz also receives a newer infotainment screen that supports Smart E-Link smartphone mirroring. Finally, the Eco-Drive Assist Indicator is offered for all Iriz CVT models.
There’s no changes to both powertrain and safety, but it still is a solid 5-Star achiever at the ASEAN NCAP crash safety test, just like before. As a refresher, the Iriz is offered with two engines: 1.3-litre VVT engine that makes 94 hp and 120 Nm of torque and the 1.6-litre that develops 107 hp and 150 Nm of torque. The five-speed manual and seven-speed CVT are offered. Proton claims the ECU has been reprogrammed for improved drivability.
The Iriz’s safety repertoire includes electronic stability control (ESC) with Traction Control System, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Hill-Hold Assist, ISOFIX with top tether mounts for all variants. The 1.6L Premium variant get six airbags, while the others settle for two.
The 2017 Proton Iriz has been reduced to four variants and is available in five hues (Graphite Grey, Atlantic Blue, Cotton White, Ruby Red and Carnelian Brown). It begins with the 1.3L Standard manual at RM43,800 while its CVT variant is priced at RM46,800. One step above is the 1.3 Executive CVT at RM50,800, while the sole 1.6-litre Premium CVT costs RM58,800.