Proton launched the new 2007 Proton Waja Facelift this morning at it’s Center of Excellence along the KESAS Highway. Immediately noticable is the new front grille, reminiscent of the old Volkswagen/Audi grille which has since been replaced by the new large trapezoidal shield grille. The old grille style still exists on current Skoda cars. This is a much better look for the boxy Waja, and it suits the overall design well, though I don’t quite agree with the over-enthusiastic use of chrome bits. A honeycomb would have been fine. The front bonnet has also been redesigned to match the new grille.
While the Proton Waja MME Edition had no fog lamps because of the relocation of the signal lamps, for this facelift edition a new auxiliary lamp cluster which flanks the center bumper air intake has been designed to integrate both fog lamps and signal lamps. As a result, staring at the new Proton Waja facelift head-on now looks like you’re looking at the face of an eight-eyed bug monster spider thing.
The new 2007 Proton Waja Facelift is available in five new colours: metallic twilight blue, metallic iridescent white (a very nice colour already available on the Satria Neo and the Perdana V6), metallic gray, metallic brilliant red and burgundy. The interior has a two-tone black and brown trim, and the leather is of a new texture. The ICE system is a 2-din radio/CD/MP3 player with Bluetooth capability.
Prices are RM59,388.00 for the 1.6 litre Manual Transmission, and RM62,888.00 for the Automatic Transmission version. Note that with the new 2007 Proton Waja, you get ABS, and dual SRS airbags as standard, no need to opt for the high-line version!