Proton Iriz Archive

  • Proton Iriz undergoes type approval in Indonesia – five variants, 1.3 Premium CVT exclusively for Indonesia?

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    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.

  • Proton Iriz EV – 300 km electric car on display at IGEM

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    Following a glimpse of the Proton Iriz EV prototype in South Korea last October, we now have the first pictures and initial specs of the local carmaker’s very own electric vehicle. The Proton Iriz EV is currently on display at the 2015 International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM).

    While the exterior looks familiar, the Iriz EV is a totally different car underneath. Powering the car is a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor that puts out the equivalent of 116 kW (155 hp) and 360 Nm of torque – the motor is juiced up by an LG-developed 39.6 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This allows for a 0-100 km/h time of less than nine seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h.

    Other details in which the spec sheet lists is a 50 kW fast charging and a 6.6 kW normal charging system. A 7.23 ratio for the single-speed transmission is also noted. According to Proton, the battery can be charged from 40% to full in just 15 minutes with a fast charger, four hours with a public charger and seven hours with a standard three-pin plug.

    While it was previously claimed that the Iriz EV had a better range than the Nissan Leaf (240 km versus 200 km touted by the latter), Proton now says that it can cover more ground than that – a NEDC cycle-based operational range of around 300 km is mentioned. An impressive figure considering that the car weighs in at 1,380 kg – 195 kg heavier than the standard Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT (1,185 kg).

    Elsewhere, the underfloor-mounted battery means that interior space has not been compromised – the car even retains its spare tyre under the boot floor. The gearknob is now a small, stumpy item that appears to have been nicked off a third-gen Toyota Prius, and there’s now a digital instrument display showing the speed, charge status, power used/regenerative braking applied and even the battery temperature.

    Back in October 2014, it was revealed by Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO, Madani Sahari, that one of the two proposed Malaysian-developed electric vehicles could be sold for under RM100k when it hits the market. If all goes according to plan, the Iriz EV could be officially introduced by the end of 2016/early 2017.

  • Proton – tightening safety regs and how it will comply

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    Safety is a big thing in our car industry today – more than it has ever been. Regulatory bodies, research institutes and carmakers alike have been tirelessly working in the background for higher safety standards and awareness in Malaysia, in an attempt to keep road accidents, injuries and fatalities at bay. We at have voraciously championed the cause for years.

    With the ongoing implementation of more UN regulations for new vehicle type approvals (VTA), higher stringency in ASEAN NCAP and more carmakers stepping up to the plate to comply, there’s much to look forward to. However, while vehicle safety awareness appears to be growing in urban areas – indicative of a more mature and sophisticated market – sadly, there remain many Malaysian motorists for whom safety is still not a priority.

    And while it’s easy to point fingers at the relevant authorities for not doing enough to enforce or spread awareness, as clichéd as it sounds, safety begins with you. It’s an attitude. At a recent press briefing, Proton chief technical officer Abdul Rashid Musa outlined the safety standards to come and how Proton will meet them. So much has been done, researched, invested, designed, conceptualised; yet, all it takes is for someone to not wear a seat belt or not use a child seat to rubbish everybody’s hard work to save lives.

    We’ve told you before about the upcoming UN regulations – 24 have been gazetted this year, 18 of which concern passenger cars. By 2017, a further 22 will be gazetted, 10 of which apply to passenger cars. Finally by 2020, an additional 19 will be gazetted, with 11 of them applicable to passenger cars.

    The regulations cover every conceivable vehicle component, fitting, function and system, to ensure they adhere to specification. Some only apply where that component or system is fitted (like daytime running lamps, headlamp cleaners and speed limiters). At present, there are 134 UN regulations in total under the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP29) – the aim is to incorporate a total of 126 into Malaysian law by 2020.

    In addition to that, ASEAN NCAP’s safety rating system is going to become stricter. Beginning this year, R95 side impact compliance is a pre-requisite for a three-star rating (down from the previous four) and from next year, electronic stability control (ESC) and driver and front passenger seat belt reminders will be required for four stars (down from the previous five).

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    This means that for all vehicles tested from 2015 onwards, if they do not pass the side impact test, they can only be rated two stars at best. And for vehicles tested from 2016 onwards, if they do not have ESC or seat belt reminders, the most they can get is three stars. According to Rashid, the crash-testing remains voluntary, and already-rated vehicles won’t ‘lose’ their stars with the introduction of the new rating system (unless a re-test is carried out, of course). Buyers are urged to check the crash test date on the ASEAN NCAP result plate.

    By 2017, new rating schemes (not elaborated upon) will come into force for frontal offset, side impact and child protection tests. By 2020, the frontal test will include a fifth-percentile female dummy in a combined score (following Euro NCAP protocol), while the side test will include pole impact and the Advanced European Mobile Deformable Barrier. Of course, the roadmaps of Australasian NCAP (ANCAP) and Euro NCAP are so far ahead, but we’ve all got to start somewhere – better late than never!

    With all that in mind, Rashid was keen to point out Proton’s focus and emphasis on vehicle safety, spearheaded by its Preve, Suprima S and Iriz models. Apart from meeting UN ECE regulations (which is the dominant automotive standard in the world, thus facilitating export), they are all five-star ASEAN NCAP cars (counting out the ESC-less Suprima S Standard), with the Preve and Suprima S also having five stars from ANCAP. The Iriz is the cheapest new car in Malaysia with ESC – and ESC is standard across its range.

    Safety features include the employment of hot-press-formed (HPF) parts and ultra high-strength steel in construction, Isofix child seat points, five three-point seat belts and seat belt reminders, in addition to the usual ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, traction control and airbags. But Proton’s newest baby, the Iriz, having ticked the passive and active safety boxes, is set to take things even further – it seems being the most affordable five-star ASEAN NCAP car in the region is not enough.

    At the Alami Proton carnival last September, an Iriz prototype fitted with an Advanced Drive Assistance System (ADAS) stereo camera by South Korea’s LG Electronics was on display. The camera makes possible advanced safety aids such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Assist and Cross Traffic Assist, marking the national carmaker’s foray into cognitive safety.

    Rashid would not say when these advanced safety features would become realities on a Proton, but with Euro NCAP having made Autonomous Emergency Braking mandatory for new cars to get five-star ratings, the impression is that it’ll be sooner rather than later, if Proton has those markets in its sights.

    The chief technical officer also saw fit to address some issues that went viral on social media in the past – chiefly the accident involving a Preve in which its engine detached, leading many to question the car’s quality. It was explained that the engine is designed to detach in heavy collisions via collapsible mounts, so it doesn’t intrude into the passenger compartment and injure the occupants.

    The roof caved in, a sure indication of a roll-over, but the roof side structures (made of HPF parts) remained intact, due to their strength. The doors unlocked automatically upon impact and could be opened – a testament to the passenger cell’s strength and effectiveness.

    Rashid revealed that Proton is recommending Bomba to be part of the VTA committee (currently made up of the Transport ministry, MITI, JPJ, Road Safety Department, Puspakom and SIRIM). This is because in an accident, the Fire Department are the ones who have to handle the situation first-hand, and the rescue method of sawing through the roof would simply not work on modern HPF Protons because of the immense rigidity. Proton has in-house facilities to test roof strength, although it is at present not required, he said.

    So much can be said about Proton. The age-old qualms surrounding reliability, quality, after-sales and even the nature of its existence may or may not be founded, but its intensive focus on safety at these price points and in so doing, bringing active safety to the people, is one thing it’s doing utterly and irrevocably right.

  • 10k Proton Iriz units registered since Sept ’14 launch


    A total of 10,000 Proton Iriz cars have been registered in Malaysia to date since its official debut back in September 2014, according to Proton Edar CEO, Norzahid Mohd Zahudi. The 1.6 litre CVT variant appears to be the most popular variant, with 150 bookings per day, Norzahid told Bernama.

    “The 1.6-litre automatic is the biggest contributor to Iriz sales, about 45 per cent currently, but the sales of 1.3-litre automatic variant is picking up,” he added. Proton is currently aiming to sell 4,000 units monthly for 2015. At launch, only two models were produced – the 1.3 litre M/T and the 1.6 litre CVT. Production of the 1.3 CVT begun in December last year while production of the 1.6 manual is slated to begin this month.

    According to Norzahid, the reason for the relatively modest pick up of sales for the Iriz was due to local buyers adopting a “wait-and-see approach” – opting to go for the car only when a fair number of it has been spotted on the road. Also, Proton has neglected the compact car segment for some time and would take a while before it could breach the sector once again.

    GALLERY: Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT

    GALLERY: Proton Iriz 1.3 Executive M/T

  • GALLERY: 2015 Perodua Myvi facelift vs Proton Iriz

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    Here we go again – Electric Blue meets Atlantic Blue as the stalwart Perodua Myvi comes back from the facelift works to continue keeping Proton’s baby challenger, the Iriz, at bay.

    We’ve of course extensively covered the differences between them before, and many aspects of the Myvi – including dimensions and mechanicals – maintain status quo, so we’ll concentrate on what’s changed and see if the tables have turned.

    Inclusive of engine and gearbox options, the 2015 Perodua Myvi facelift offers six variants, priced between RM41,500 and RM58,500, OTR with insurance, while metallic paint is an extra RM400.

    That’s between one and four percent cheaper than before, comfortably undercutting the eight Proton Iriz variants that cost between RM42,438 and RM62,438, with metallic paint a RM450 extra.

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    Both give you a five-year/150,000 km warranty – Perodua discontinued its free service programme upon upping its warranty period from three to five years, for all of its products.

    Subtract gearbox options from the picture and you’ll find a Myvi variant for every Iriz variant – two 1.3 versions and two bigger-engined versions (Myvi 1.5 versus Iriz 1.6). That’s because every Iriz variant can be had with either a manual or CVT, whereas the Myvi 1.3 Premium X and 1.5 Advance are auto-only variants.

    You can be the judge in terms of looks, but few can deny the Myvi’s increased presence brought about by the massive grille that comes as standard on the SE and Advance.

    Of course, the Perodua’s new LED light guides (SE and Advance only) pale in comparison to the Proton’s LED DRLs, and lest we forget, projector headlamps are no longer standard across the Myvi range; on the Iriz, they are, along with aeroblade wipers and auto headlamps, which the Myvi doesn’t have and never had.

    However, all Myvi variants except for the base Standard G now get front corner parking sensors (which no Iriz variant offers), and the Myvi Advance gets a reverse camera to match the Iriz Executive and Premium.

    Improving the Myvi’s already excellent practicality is a tissue holder behind the front passenger seat, an anti-snatch hook, a retractable cupholder and a flip-down storage compartment on the driver’s side panel. The Iriz claws back convenience points – all variants except the base 1.3 Standard have three USB ports (two for charging), and the top 1.6 Premium boasts keyless entry and start.

    Finally, safety. Thanks to an enhanced vehicle structure, the Myvi is now a four-star ASEAN NCAP car, although with two airbags and no stability control regardless of variant (Standard G doesn’t even have ABS!), it loses out significantly here. The Iriz, a five-star ASEAN NCAP car, has stability control and hill hold assist as standard, and the 1.6 Premium gets six airbags and belt-up reminders for all seats.

    For differences in exterior and interior dimensions, performance and boot space, check out our earlier Proton Iriz vs Perodua Myvi comparison gallery. So, Betul2Onz or A Malaysian Icon Made Better?

    2015 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance

    2014 Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium

  • Proton Iriz may be called the Satria in Australia, performance model could use the GTi name – report

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    The Proton Iriz may not be heading to Australia after all – at least not with that name intact. According to a report by Australian motoring website CarAdvice, the new Malaysian B-segment hatch may actually carry the Satria nameplate instead when it arrives Down Under.

    Proton Australia’s COO Kaye Amies said that her division is talking to officials over here about resurrecting the name when the car goes on sale in the country, reportedly in the middle of next year. Here’s where it gets interesting – the decision on calling it the Satria apparently hinges on the potency of the planned Iriz R3, slated to be unveiled here late next year before coming in Australia the year after.

    Amies said that the performance model could receive the long-departed and much-loved Satria GTi moniker over there, but insisted that the new car would have to do the name justice.

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    “We’re sort of thinking if we bring this car out, and then [an] R3 [sports variant launches] – they’re thinking that they might do a more racy version – because of that we’re thinking, ‘Should we be doing that or not?'” she said. “The Satria GTi was such a well-known car and so many people wanted it. People still ask us have we got any.

    “We’d need to look at it, see what it looks like, see what it’s going to do. Is it just going to be something that blows out through a little tailpipe and makes a lot of noise and does nothing, or is it actually going to be a bit sporty?” she added.

    We already speculated about an upcoming Iriz R3 – in fact, we published renderings done by expert photo manipulator Theophilus Chin, showing how a hot Iriz might look like. We could see the little tyke swallow the CamPro 1.6 Turbo engine from the Preve and the Suprima S – churning out 138 hp and 205 Nm in standard trim, although the R3 boys would surely perk it up a notch – which could result it quite a feisty hot hatch.

    Although the Iriz name has caused a stir in Australia, Amies said she had no qualms about using it if Proton Australia is settled on it, a decision that would most likely be made in January.

    “It was a bit funny because a few people said, ‘Aww, it’s really a girl’s name, so it sort of makes it a girl’s car, doesn’t it?’ I said, ‘Do you think a Lotus Elise is a girl’s car?'” she said. “We’re still having discussions with Malaysia in terms of what their thoughts are about it. We’ll discuss it with them and try to come to some resolution, but we’ll wait to get Christmas over and done with first.”


    Additionally, Amies confirmed that the Iriz is currently being crash tested by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), with the results set to be released next year. Whatever Proton Australia ends up naming it, it should arrive with six airbags as standard, never mind stability control, a safety feature we also receive across the range.

    So, what do you think of the Aussie name change? Would you like to see the return of the Proton Satria GTi on our shores, or would you stick with a Proton Iriz R3?

  • DRIVEN: Proton Iriz 1.6 CVT Premium video review

    Welcome to‘s brand new video review series, brought to you by 4G LTE PortaWiFi by Celcom.

    Going hand-in-hand with the walk-around video series, where we show you some of the most popular cars in Malaysia inside and out, our video review series fires up their engines and puts them in gear, to tell you what they’re like to drive and ride in, in detail only a video can muster.

    Having already taken you on a tour earlier of the Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium’s interior and exterior, our man Gregory Sze now takes the B-segment hatch for a spin, evaluating the steering, ride, handling, power, and yes, the much-maligned CVT gearbox. The Iriz may be stuffed with toys and safety features you’d expect from more sophisticated makes and models, but is this sophistication reflected on the move?

    At the time of filming, the car reviewed here had not yet received the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) software update – we’ll hopefully get our hands on an updated test unit soon, and will report promptly on what’s changed. If you liked watching, subscribe to our YouTube channel, for more video reviews are heading your way very soon!

  • Proton Iriz shows up at Thai Motor Expo, coming soon

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    Sawadee krub from the 2014 Thailand International Motor Expo – we’re here covering it live. Funnily enough, we kick things off with something Malaysian – this Citrus Green Proton Iriz is on display, with a ‘COMING SOON’ sticker on its side windows.

    This pretty much confirms the B-segment hatch for the Thai market, replacing (spiritually at least) the Proton Savvy, which business daily The Nation picked as one of its top 10 cars of 2008, citing its affordability.

    Will the Proton Iriz be able to take over the mantle, and be competitively priced in an already hugely-competitive market amongst locally-assembled Eco Cars?

    Proton is distributed by Phranakorn Auto Sales in the Kingdom. The most recent Thai launch was the Suprima S in November last year – the C-segment hatch is priced at 805,000 baht (RM82,800).

  • Proton Iriz gets TCU remap for better CVT performance

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    The new Proton Iriz is a very likable car, no doubt about it. We found that it rides and drives beautifully in our full review last month, but there’s no denying that the CVT automatic gearbox’s sub-standard behaviour somewhat spoils the overall appeal of the new B-segment hatchback.

    Proton is well aware of this issue, of course, and has since issued a new transmission control unit (TCU) update to improve the CVT’s performance. The software remap is said to result in better throttle response, as well as a more linear and predictable feel (when pulling off from a standstill, especially).

    The improvements have already been applied to all Iriz models delivered to customers so far. The fix doesn’t involve any mechanical changes – as it’s just a simple TCU re-flash – so presumably it won’t help with the CVT whine.

    We will try to get our hands on an updated test unit soon, and will report on the new differences – if there are any, that is. In the meantime, if you’ve taken delivery of a Proton Iriz with a CVT gearbox, do tell us how it performs in the comments section below.

    Proton Iriz vs Perodua Myvi

  • Proton Iriz 1.3 MT, 1.6 CVT deliveries have begun, 1.3 CVT due December, 1.6 MT due February 2015

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    Deliveries of the new Proton Iriz have kicked off, with buyers of the 1.3 MT and 1.6 CVT (across all trim levels) having started receiving their cars earlier this month, echoing Proton CEO Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah’s statements in his interview with us at the launch event.

    Also, we’re told deliveries of the 1.3 CVT are set to begin in December, while those of the 1.6 MT are due in February 2015.

    Trying to decide which Iriz variant to buy? Check out our comprehensive launch report and spec-by-spec comparison gallery, or browse through all available variants on

    You can also learn more about Proton’s new baby through our Proton Iriz infohub, walk-around video and full review of the 1.3 MT and 1.6 CVT variants.


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