By now you would have realised that the 2016 Proton Persona is the star of the day, with us bringing you a live stream of the official launch this morning, and the subsequent comprehensive launch report with all the details that you need to know. Plenty of pics there, but here’s a walk-around tour of the new Persona, for a different viewing perspective.
The Persona is based on the Iriz, which means that the new sedan is a B-segment car. The 2,555 mm wheelbase length is identical to the Iriz’s, and width (1,722 mm) and height (1,554 mm) are similar too.
However, the Persona is 467 mm longer and its 510 litre boot holds a lot more than the hatchback’s 215 litres. It also beats the old Persona’s 430 litres. All body panels except for the front doors and fenders are unique to the sedan.
The Persona is powered by the Iriz’s 1.6 litre DOHC VVT engine with 107 hp and 150 Nm. Drive is sent to front wheels via a five-speed manual (for the Standard only) or a CVT automatic (for all).
The choice of three-point engine mounts (instead of four) and a new exhaust system deliver better refinement – Proton claims that the Persona is six decibels quieter than an equivalent Iriz. No 1.3L engine; that’s reserved for the upcoming Saga, which will be 1.3L-only.
Three trim levels are available – Standard, Executive and Premium – and the entry-level Standard is the only one with the manual gearbox option. Buyers of the Premium can opt for a bodykit for RM1,000 extra. Prices range from RM46,350 to RM59,800, OTR including insurance. For full specs and more pics, check out our launch report.
GALLERY: Proton Persona Premium CVT with bodykit