The slow tease that is the 2016 Proton Perdana continues. After initial details and design details that we brought to you last month, the national carmaker has now released specifications of the previous-gen Honda Accord-based flagship. The “pre-launch brochure” also gives us a glimpse of the car’s rear, via a thumbnail of the 2.4L variant’s rear spoiler.
The new Perdana will be available with 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre Honda engines, with this release focusing on the top variant. It is powered by a familiar K24Z2 i-VTEC 2,354 cc four-cylinder with 178 hp at 6,500 rpm and 222 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. The DOHC 16-valve motor is paired to a five-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with steering wheel paddle shifters.
Also revealed officially is the big D-segment sedan’s dimensions. The previous-gen Accord was a large car at 4,849 mm long, but the unique-bodied Perdana’s footprint is significantly larger at 5,020 mm long and 1,845 mm wide. Over five metres long (!) and surpassing the previously-mentioned figure of 4,999 mm; this could be due to the 2.4L’s bodykit.
To compare, the current Honda Accord is 4,870 mm long while the Toyota Camry is 4,850 mm long. The Mazda 6, which is visually the largest among Japanese D-segment sedans, is 4,865 mm long. Go picture.
The 1,535 kg sedan rolls on 17-inch wheels with 225/50 rubber. We understand that both 2.0L and 2.4L Perdanas will have same rim sizes but with different designs. 17-inch rims were reserved for the 2.4L on the donor Accord.
Six exterior colours will be available – Graphite Grey, Sterling Sliver, Ruby Red (as seen here), Cotton White, Midnight Black and Citrine Gold.
The brochure also shows highlighted equipment for the range topping 2.4L. These include “headlamps + DRL” (we understand that the 2.4L will get xenons in place of the 2.0L’s halogens, although Proton strangely chose not to publicise this), a bodykit with rear spoiler, Park Assist (front and rear sensors with reverse camera) and ABS with EBD, plus Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
Also included in what will be the most expensive Proton ever is touchscreen GPS navigation, touchscreen head unit (two colour screens in the Proton vs single monochrome screen in the Honda), dual-zone auto air con (with rear vents) and an eight-way powered driver’s seat. Ah, and the new Proton logo.
We understand that the 2.4L Perdana will have a black-beige interior theme, with some wood trim. The base 2.0L Perdana will have an all-black cabin with silver trim.
To be built at Proton’s Medium Volume Factory in Shah Alam, the new Perdana will be launched in the first quarter of 2016, which leaves a small window from now until the end of the month, unless there has been a delay. Priced between RM100k and RM150k, it’s open for booking now.
GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana teased
GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana rendered