Proton has launched the 2022 Iriz and is now available in three variants – 1.3 Standard, 1.6 Executive and 1.6 Active. Prices start from RM40,300 for the Standard, RM47,100 for the Executive, and RM54,000 for the Active.

Each comes with a 5-year/150,000 km warranty. Prices mentioned include SST exemptions valid till the 31st of December. Note that the 1.3 Standard Manual and 1.3 Executive variants have been discontinued.

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EXTERIOR

Notable changes have been made to the exterior of the 2022 Iriz and while the facelift in 2019 seemed to focus on a clean and mature look, the new 2022 facelift model appears more youthful.

Among the new touches to the exterior are:

  • new grille featuring Infinite Weave design
  • new fog light surrounds
  • silver accent on front bumper (Active only)
  • 15-inch wheels (Standard & Executive)
  • 16-inch for Active
  • Roof rails (Active only)
  • Wheel arch extension (Active only)

At the rear, there aren’t any significant changes if you get the Standard or Executive, except for the red line that runs across the bumper. That being said, the rear bumper on the Active is of the same design, just different coloured trims.

INTERIOR

Where do we even begin? Frankly, we’d much prefer to see an all-new Iriz by now, but the changes in its cabin are more than enough for us (and hopefully you as well) to put that thought on hold for a while more.

Here’s what you get:

  • 8-inch touchscreen floating display (Executive & Active)
  • new air con controls
  • new gear level console
  • new seat design
  • Red seatbelts (Active only)
  • “Hi Proton” voice command (Active only)
  • 6x USB ports including one for dashcam

In the Active variant, prepare to be smothered by a sea of red details. There’s “Active” letting on the door panels, and if that message isn’t clear enough, there’s another on the seat backrest.

There’s also more storage space freed up under the new air-con control panel. We’re not too happy about Proton ditching those Martini-themed seats in the 2022 Iriz though; old as it may be, it was the coolest thing in the previous models.

There’s even a USB port for your dashcam….how convenient!

And the speaker count, two in the Standard variant? Two? It can’t possibly cost that much more to have four like in the Executive and Active, can it?

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PERFORMANCE

The notable change here is the “S” on the gear lever, and a proper Eco mode unlike before where the icon just pops up every time you’re not driving like a mad man (or woman).

Nothing has changed under the hood. The Iriz is still powered by the same 1.3- and 1.6-litre engines as before:

  • Engine: 1.3-litre VVT 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Power: 95 hp @ 5,750 rpm
  • Torque: 120 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
  • Engine: 1.6-litre VVT 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Power: 109 hp @ 5,750 rpm
  • Torque: 150 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

SAFETY

Moving on, there are 4 airbags in the Standard variant, while the Executive and Active gets additional side and curtain airbags for a total of six. The Executive and Active variants get four parking sensors; two each in the front and back along with a reverse camera display.

Here’s how different the old 2019 Proton Iriz looks…compare and see for yourself!


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