2016 Proton Perdana spyshot

By now we’ve seen so many spyshots of the 2016 Proton Perdana that it feels almost trite posting them here. However, these new photos sent in by reader Farizul Jaafar do show the new flagship D-segment sedan in a slightly different perspective.

This is the first time we’re seeing the new Perdana flat from the side, giving us a better view to properly take in the new proportions. From here, it’s clear that most of the 150 mm length increase over the donor eighth-generation Honda Accord (4,999 mm vs 4,849 mm) has come from the rear of the car, with the glasshouse stretched at the rear to suit. The result is a more elegant-looking profile, even if it does look rather rear-heavy.

Other things to note on this particular mule are the poor-fitting Accord head- and tail lights standing in for the production Perdana’s bespoke units, along with a rear bumper that looks closer to the Accord’s than the sportier item with twin integrated exhaust exits that will actually go on. The character line along the side also looks to be lower here than on the Honda, although that could really just be an illusion created by cladding.

2016 Proton Perdana spyshot

It’s confirmed that the 2016 Perdana will be built at Proton’s Medium Volume Factory in Shah Alam, alongside the Exora MPV (the current government-use version is assembled at Honda Malaysia’s plant in Melaka).

Engine wise, it’s set to retain Honda’s 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC engines – for now, at least. Both engines will be mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The Perdana will be offered to civilian buyers in the first quarter of 2016.

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GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana rendered