Wednesday, 15 August 2007

New Proton Persona 1.6 Campro sedan

Proton’s new Persona sedan is finally unveiled to the public today, signalling an end to the over-ageing Proton Wira sedan by replacing it. Available in Base and Medium specs with 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, the High Line version is only sold in automatic form.

There are six colours options for now: Solid Red, Light Gold, Metal Grey, Tranquility Black, Iridescent White and Blueberry Tea. A basic solid white paint option will be available from September '07 onwards.

Proton’s familiar 1.6L Campro engine remains largely unchanged here. However, the transmission control electronics (TCU) has been remapped for a better low to mid-range torque delivery. It is also claimed to offer quicker throttle response i.e. more incisive gear downshifts.

A glovebox is made available now, even though the dashboard has been nicked from the Gen.2 but now in two-tone grey. The useful and funky-looking little clock is now missing, I would have thought a little improvements to its face and hands could improve its legibilty. Power windows switches are - thankfully - now on the door trim panel.

Boot space is larger than the liftback sibling, with 430litres worth of rump storage capacity. The Persona’s rear seats can be folded flat to further increase boot volume but this feature is only available for Medium and Hi Line models.

Safety features wise, dual SRS front airbags with seatbelt pre-tensioners, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) are available for the Hi Line model only while the medium-spec version gets a single airbag only for the driver.

Pricing for the new Proton Persona is as follows (all on-the-road, with insurance, in Peninsula Malaysia):

Base Line 1.6MT - RM44,999 (solid), RM45,449 (metallic)
Base Line 1.6AT - RM47,999 (solid), RM48,449 (metallic).
Medium Line 1.6MT - RM49,800 (metallic)
Medium Line 1.6AT - RM52,800 (metallic)
High Line 1.6AT - RM55,800 (metallic).

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