We are just days away from the launch of the new Proton Perdana, and what we have here is the brochure from Proton’s most anticipated model of 2016. Mind you, this is not a leaked brochure unlike the past as this comes directly from Proton Edar’s website.
Positioned as Proton’s halo car, it will be our national carmaker’s first re-entry back into the D-segment category after the Perdana V6 of old was put out of service. The next generation Perdana as we know, is based on the eight-generation Honda Accord. After two years serving as an official car for Malaysian government officials, Proton will launch the heavily revised version of the Perdana to the general public.
As the brochure suggests, the new Perdana sports updated aesthetics never before seen on any variant (modified aftermarket or not) offered by Honda. Some of them include a sportier and more aggressive headlamps with DRLs, new bodykit as well as a rear spoiler. The interior meanwhile, receives a new touchscreen infotainment with integrated GPS navigation, dual zone auto air conditioning and 8-way power seat for the driver.
There aren’t any changes done to the powertrain, so output figures remain the same that of its donor car (refer to table below). Word has it when Proton’s new self-developed powertrains are ready for production by 2018, the Perdana could be powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection.
|Model||Perdana 2.0||Perdana 2.4|
|Engine||2.0-litre R20A3 4-Cylinder i-VTEC||2.4-litre K24Z2 4-Cylinder i-VTEC|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic||5-speed automatic|
|Power||154 hp @ 6,300 rpm||181 hp @ 6500 rpm|
|Torque||189 Nm @ 4,300 rpm||222 Nm @ 4300 rpm|
Judging by the dimensions, the new Perdana is longer than the Accord (5,020mm vs 4,894mm) while retaining the width, height and wheelbase. Also to note, judging by our initial reaction during the brief media preview earlier this year, the new Perdana is quite indeed a looker.
It will be available in six exterior colours, and the tentative pricing for the new Perdana ranges from RM100k to RM150k. It’s also open for bookings in all Proton Edar showrooms. Watch this space for the latest updates on Proton’s next big thing!