AutoBuzz.my’s 2018 Compact Hatchback of the Year now comes with a new face and a refreshed interior and Proton has officially launched it along with the facelifted Persona.
Engine options remain the same – a 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre – carried over from before although Proton says it’s been optimised for better fuel economy.
There are five variants available – 1.3 Standard MT at RM36,700 , 1.3 Standard CVT at RM39,700, 1.3 Executive CVT at RM44,700, 1.6 Executive CVT at RM46,700, and 1.6 Premium CVT at RM50,700.
The 1.3-litre model makes 94 hp and 120 Nm of torque while the 1.6-litre model offers more with 107 hp and 150 Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a CVT transmission.
Proton said although it’s just a facelift, the Iriz has undergone no less than 367 component changes in the facelifted Iriz. The CVT gearbox for example, has been enhanced to be smoother, more responsive and refined than before.
At the front is a new headlamp and grille design, with the latter inspired by the new Proton X70 SUV. The Iriz also gets new front and rear bumpers that has seemingly refreshed the aging hatchback.
There’s also a new 10-spoke wheel design to go along with 14-inch and 15-inch options for the lower grade models.
Inside, the Proton Iriz’ dash receives a darker, more subdued dashboard along with a new 7-inch head unit that offers the same voice command system as found in the Proton X70.
Illumination for the buttons have also been given a new look, to go with the new analogue gauge design that’s clearer and easier on the eye.
Safety wise, the Iriz gets six airbags, that includes curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Hold Assist, Reverse Camera with Guiding Lines to name a few.