Earlier scheduled to go on sale in the month of May in Indonesia, the Proton Iriz could very well be introduced at the end of the year, according to the Sriwijaya Post. The biggest giveaway lies in the fact that a total of five variants of the Iriz have been registered for type approval.
The five variants registered on the website of TPT Kemenperin include the 1.3 Executive M/T, 1.3 Executive CVT, 1.3 Premium CVT, 1.6 CVT, 1.6 M/T. Now, the last few variants may stand out a bit considering the fact that no trim levels were specified for the 1.6 models – in Malaysia, the 1.6 is only available in Executive and Premium trim. Of more interest is the 1.3 Premium CVT model that’s listed down.
This is because said variant does not exist in Malaysia – the 1.3 is only offered locally in both Standard and Executive trim. Could we be looking at a new variant, designed exclusively for the Indonesian market? Or is it just a simple typo? We’ll know for sure when it goes on sale in the near future.
Earlier on, we also reported that Indonesian consumers could be offered the Iriz at a lower price compared to their Malaysian counterparts. “It should be more affordable here,” commented Proton Edar Indonesia (PEI) sales and marketing head, Winara Arigayo. Additionally, the amount of kit offered in each variant should mirror the Malaysian-spec cars, hinted PEI.
To recap, the 1.3 four-cylinder VVT engine puts out a total of 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The larger 1.6 litre mill, on the other hand, produces 107 hp at 5,750 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Both engines are mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT gearbox.