Yup, that’s right. Proton removed its Inspira 1.8 CVT variant in order to make way for the new Inspira 2.0 CVT Executive variant. This new variant is parked in between the 1.8 Manual and 2.0 CVT Premium variant. No manual transmission is available for the 2.0 yet.
No changes are done for the 2.0 litre MIVEC powerplant, which produces 147hp and 197Nm of torque @ 4250rpm. Exterior wise (compared with the Premium), the Executive gains a new 16-inch alloy rim design, trunk lid garnish but loses the bodykit. For its interior, the Executive make do with fabric seats instead of leather in the Premium, comes with 2 integrated rear headrest and receive a space-saver tyre. Other than that, the equipments and safety features are identical to the Premium variant.
Pricing for the Inspira 2.0 CVT Executive is RM86,900, which is about RM2k more expensive than the once 1.8 CVT. Thus, the pricing gives the Executive added value for money. But then, I’m sure many buyers will have dilemma on which to choose, the Executive or the top-of-the-line Preve due to the features-laden latter model.
P.S. I wonder if Proton is still using the ‘Smart guys get it’ tagline for the Inspira or not…
Written by Simon Har