Readers have been sighting the new P2-30A Proton Global Small Car more frequently now, a signal that a launch might happen in the next six months time. We first saw the P2-30A hatchback in Europe, where our spy photographers captured it on test at a supplier’s test track.
Then a Cari forumer spotted the car on test in the Klang Valley along with a Proton-owned Honda Brio, likely for benchmark purposes. Today, we have photos from readers Hong Chun and Harith Hamdan. Hong Chun’s photo shows a new front angle view of the new Proton hatchback’s front end. The shape of the Proton badge under the disguise is quite obvious, and the grille has two horizontal slats. The bumper also seems to have a large multi-slat intake opening.
The overall design language for the front end (especially the front bumper) seems to be inspired by the Lotus CityCar Concept, which was later given the production name Lotus Ethos. It was supposed to be a Lotus take on the Aston Martin Cygnet, which was essentially a premium sports car brand selling a rebadged Toyota iQ.
The Lotus CityCar Concept was to be built based on a new Proton hatchback – probably the P2-30A. We’re not sure if there are still plans to put a Lotus Ethos into production.
Reader Harith managed to capture brief footage of the Proton P2-30A near Cameron Highlands on his dashcam. As usual, the Proton hatchback was traveling in pairs, but there was no Honda Brio sighted this time. Seeing the car on the move next to other objects such as a motorcyclist can give us a perspective on how big the car is.
What do you think, is the P2-30A a car that’s Myvi sized or Viva sized?