After a few dozen opportunistic spyshots, hundreds of hours of forum discussion and maybe far too many speculations over the fast few months, Proton’s new global car was finally launched last night. The Prevé was designed with a wider market in mind thus it had to look the part. I don’t think anyone would argue that it looks rather good.
Here we got official picture of Proton Prevé. The front looks like current Honda City with X shape bumper and grill design. Side profile also resemble the new Ford Focus, which is one of three car that used for Prevé design and dynamic benchmarking. While the interior dash instrument panel admin think personally way better than that Kia Forte thanks to straight forward and European design. The gear knob design is OK but too much painted surface may invite scratches very fast. Overall very good looking car and packed with load of irresistible accesories. The launching will be this 16 April by PM. Check the selling price hereand enjoy the rest of the pictures.
Three variants are available: the Premium 1.6 litre CFE engine with 7-speed ProTronic CVT gearbox; and two Executive models, a 6-speed CVT and 5-speed manual, and both hooked up to a Campro IAFM+ engine. Prices (OTR, Peninsular Malaysia) are RM72,990, RM62,990 and RM59,990 respectively. It is packaged with a five-year or 150,000km warranty, whichever comes first. It was revealed that up to 94 per cent of the components are sourced from local vendors.
All variants will feature the enhanced safety structure that Proton calls RESS (Reinforced Safety Structure) which itself is based on a new technology used by the company to form the structure. Hot Press Forming or HPC provides better protection as well as structural rigidity without compromising the overall car’s weight.
It was revealed during the pre-launch media test drive that the company is facing the delightful issue that most buyers have opted to book the Premium variant. We can now confirm that at that price, it is loaded with goodies to offer convenience, performance and safety. Features such as the paddle shifters for the 7-speed ProTronic, Brake Assist with Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, side airbags, ISOFIX mounts, auto headlamps, auto wipers, leather wrapped steering wheel and built-in GPS navigation via the touch screen audio unit. It also comes with climate control, rear spoiler, push start button, auto cruise and window tint (with break resistance for the 4 windows).
The Executive variants meanwhile will share the Premium’s rear multilink set-up, braking system, the 16 inch tyre size, ABS and EBD, dual front SRS airbags and projector headlamp with LED position lamp. The CFE takes a class best time of just 9.2 second for the century sprint, while the IAFM+ (CVT) takes 12.5 seconds; 12 seconds for the manual gearbox car. Fuel consumption is claimed to be 6.6L/100km, 5.8L/100km and 6.2L/100km respectively. All will also feature the same boot space size of 508L.