It has been barely a quarter since the Proton Iriz was launched, but we’ve spotted what could be a new variant undergoing testing. Courtesy of reader Nevin Sansom, these pics show a debadged Fire Red Iriz with trade plates cruising on the Guthrie Highway.

Looks pretty standard, like a normal Standard, at first glance. But upon closer inspection, the mule’s rear bumper looks like a single piece unit without the separate diffuser section on the RM42,438 1.3 Standard (which is of a simpler design compared to that on the Executive and Premium) that is in contrasting black. Here, it’s all body coloured.

From L-R: Different diffuser design of the 1.3 Executive and 1.3 Standard. Both are separate pieces

Our eagle-eyed reader says that the wheels and front bumper are similar to the Standard’s. However, unlike the Standard, this car wears a 1.3 Executive spoiler.

Are we looking at a potential new entry level Proton Iriz SV variant? Prior to this, the national carmaker has introduced “Super Value” variants for the Saga and Persona sedans. It could also be that we’re reading too much into things, and this car is merely the 1.3 CVT – deliveries initially penned for December 2014 – trying on a different outfit and undergoing fine-tuning. What do you think?

Proton Iriz 1.3 Standard

Proton Iriz 1.3 Executive
Proton Iriz 1.6 Executive
Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium