Proton Suprima S Archive

  • Proton Suprima S Standard introduced – RM70k

    Proton Suprima S Standard 1

    Proton has introduced another variant to its Suprima S range, and the Suprima S Standard rolls in as the entry-level model in the lineup, which now reads like this: Standard, Executive, Premium and Super Premium.

    The Standard is based on the Executive variant, previously the base starting point, and omits certain kit and features to bring its price under the RM70k mark. The omissions also bring the kerb weight down by 10 kg over the Executive, the Standard tipping the scales at 1,365 kg.

    There are no changes to the powertrain, and the CamPro 1.6 Turbo continues on as is, the low-pressure turbocharged unit offering the same 138 hp at 5,000 rpm and 205 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm as the rest of the Suprima range.

    Compared to the Executive, the Standard loses the engine cover and front fog lamps, and its projector headlight position lamps are of the bulbed variety (on the Executive, LEDs).

    Proton Suprima S Standard 22

    Other cosmetic changes include the omission of black tape for the B-pillar and door sashes, a move to a Panther Grey finish for the centre panel (on the Executive, in Onyx Black) as well as a minor revision to the floor console design (between the two front seats) – the rear lid has been removed.

    The variant also drops the front reactive headrest, driver-side overhead handle grip, anti-trap feature in the front power windows, as well as the seat belt reminder for the front passenger. The Suprima S Standard rides on the 16-inch alloys from the Preve, wrapped with 205/55 profile rubbers.

    Elsewhere, the Android-based Proton Infotainment System (seven-inch LCD screen DVD player with GPS navigation and Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity) found on the Executive has been replaced by a two-DIN single CD/radio head-unit, though the four speaker count still remains. Also omitted, the steering audio switches as well as Yes 4G connectivity.

    Safety equipment for the Suprima S Standard consists of dual front airbags and ABS with EBD – owners will have to make do without ESC, traction control, brake assist, hill-hold assist and side/curtain airbags found in the Executive, which means the variant will not be five-star ANCAP-rated like its siblings up the range. Isofix mount points, however, have been retained.

    Five exterior colours are available for the Suprima S Standard, and these are Tranquility Black, Genetic Silver, Atlantic Blue, Solid White and Fire Red, the same colours found on the Suprima S at its launch in August 2013.

    As for pricing, the Suprima S Standard goes for RM69,438 (solid) and RM69,888 (metallic), on-the-road with insurance, which makes it RM6,900 cheaper than the Executive (solid), and RM6,800 in the case of the metallic version. Customers in East Malaysia will have to wait until December 18 before they can get up close with the S Standard in showrooms.

    You can compare the specifications of all the Suprima S models on Carbase.my, and read our review of the Suprima S here.

     
     
  • Proton Suprima S spied on trailer – Standard variant?

    proton-suprima-s-standard-spied-1

    A partially-camo’d Proton Suprima S has been spotted on a trailer near the Pedas Linggi exit on the PLUS highway – we thank Asraf Hadzwan for the pics.

    The car wears the same capped steel wheels as the cheapest turbo Exora – the RM69k Exora CFE Standard. So could this be a Standard variant of the Suprima S to join the existing Executive, Premium and Super Premium variants?

    We spotted a Suprima S equipped with a six-speed manual ‘box some time back, but there has been no follow-up on that since, so it could be for overseas markets only. Still, here’s hoping – a 1.6 CFE turbo-6MT pairing would be quite nice.

    proton-suprima-s-standard-spied-2

    The Exora CFE Standard does without the reverse sensors, Bluetooth, DVD, steering wheel buttons, cruise control, auto-fold wing mirrors and fog lamps offered on its posher Premium sister, although the ABS, EBD, dual airbags and all-round disc brakes stay put.

    We can see the Suprima S here retains its tailgate spoiler. Since the Exora CFE Standard is RM10k cheaper than the next rung up, will the same happen here, bringing the Suprima S into the sixty-grand playground?

     
     
  • Proton Suprima S R3 bodykit available from RM1,017

    proton-suprima-s-r3-bodykit-1

    Now you can make your Suprima S look like the Super Premium range-topper – Proton Motorsports has announced on its Facebook page that the R3 bodykit for the Proton Suprima S is now open for booking.

    Available for all Suprima S colours, prices start from RM1,017 excluding installation. The prices vary depending on the colour chosen, and those who book the bodykit before September 28 will enjoy a 20% discount.

    Left: Proton Suprima S with R3 bodykit, Right: Proton Suprima S Super Premium

    The car pictured here appears to be wearing the same seven-spoke 17-inch R3 gunmetal alloys we saw on the Suprima S Super Premium, as well as the R3-bodykitted Proton Preve in August 2013 – the a la carte price was then estimated to be RM2,500 for a set of four wheels.

    The bodykit is body-coloured here; on the Suprima S Super Premium it’s non-glossy black. R3’s signature ‘notched’ front splitter and side skirts are familiar, but the rear side skirts (aft of the rear wheels) here are also notched; on the Super Premium they’re not.

    Proton Suprima S Super Premium

     
     
  • Proton Suprima S Super Premium launched – RM88k

    SuprimaSP03

    Proton has unveiled the new Proton Suprima S Super Premium at the Proton Sales Carnival in Melaka today. The new variant is now the range-topper of the Proton Suprima range, positioned above the Executive and Premium models.

    During the Suprima S launch in August last year, Proton deputy CEO Datuk Lukman Ibrahim had intimated that plans for a R3 performance version (as well as a manual variant) were in the pipeline.

    The Proton Suprima S Super Premium isn’t quite that, but has some R3 elements – the variant adds on an R3 bodykit, which includes a revised rear bumper finishing, front and side skirts, as well as R3 emblems on the side skirts. You also get 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels. The car is available in only two colours – Fire Red and Solid White.

    The Suprima S Super Premium is priced at RM87,929, which is an RM8,350 premium over the next step down in the Suprima range, in this case the Suprima S Premium.

    Read our review of the Proton Suprima S here.

     
     
  • Proton Suprima S, Preve and Exora heading to the UK – trio to spearhead brand’s upcoming major relaunch

    Proton UK relaunch

    It was mentioned last weekend that Proton has plans to properly re-enter the UK market with three new models beginning December, according to reports based on a briefing the automaker held for analysts recently.

    No mention was made of the models it will be introducing for the relaunch, but a peek at the Proton UK website offers the identity of two of the three vehicles – a graphic of the Preve sedan and Exora MPV lists both as “New products coming soon,” so we can surmise that the Exora Bold and Preve 1.6 CFE are the picked cards. The third new model should be the Suprima S.

    If the timeframe for the relaunch is correct, then the Suprima S is set to debut in that market in its seven-speed Protronic CVT guise. We already have indication that the five-door hatch will be heading to the UK in six-speed manual form, but this won’t happen until sometime in 2014.

    Australia, where the Suprima S was launched earlier this month, is also set to get the stick shifter version next year. The CVT-equipped hatch, which has also been introduced in Indonesia and Brunei, is due to make its Thai debut at the Thai Motor Expo this week. South Africa has also been mentioned as a targeted export market for the car, but no date of entry has yet been stated.

    Proton Suprima S and Preve

    The analyst reports added that September sales in the UK for the marque was a dismal three units because of a lack of models, and so the move to reinvigorate the brand in that market cannot come soon enough. Its current UK range is made up of the GEN.2, Savvy, Satria Neo and Persona.

    As it goes along, the Global Small Car (GSC) is likely to make its way to the UK too, but that’s well down the road – the car, which has just been spied undergoing evaluation at an automotive supplier’s facility in Europe, is due to be launched in first half of 2014. The word on the grapevine suggests that it could make its debut sometime in late Q1 or early Q2.

    The question is, is Proton set to hold the UK relaunch in December as intimated by the analysts’ reports, or sometime in early 2014 as initially believed, in order for the manual versions of the Suprima S and Preve to join the fold? We’ll know soon enough.

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Episode 1: The RM90k shootout – Toyota Vios vs Proton Suprima vs Honda Jazz Hybrid

    Driven is back, powered by PETRONAS Primax! You’ve enjoyed our local news coverage, international highlights and pored over our car reviews, now it’s time to sit back and enjoy our latest Driven Web Series.

    This week, we find out the best way to spend RM80k to RM90k on a car. Is it the usual suspect, the 2013 Toyota Vios, Malaysian’s own unsung hero, the Proton Suprima S, or the green and mighty Honda Jazz Hybrid? Watch to find out our definitive verdict.

    As always, we do things a little differently here. A surprise awaits at the end of the episode, so be sure to watch it to the finish. As they say, it ain’t over till the (not quite so) fat lady sings. Don’t get it? Watch the final reveal and read this again ;).

    Enjoy the show, and remember to tune in again same time next week to catch our next episode. We’ll be taking things to new heights. Quite literally.

    Remember to check out Fuelled by Fans Powered by Primax to get a shot at winning RM100,000.

     
     
  • Proton Exora awarded 4-star ANCAP safety rating – Proton Suprima 5-star ANCAP rating becomes official

    exora ancap crash

    Another crash test results announcement, following on the recent ASEAN NCAP second phase testing results – Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) earlier tonight released official safety rating results for two Proton vehicles, the Proton Suprima S and Exora.

    The Exora was given a four-star ANCAP safety rating, applicable to all variants. It premiered in Australia at the Sydney Motor Show last October alongside the Preve sedan, but is only making its market debut this month.

    The MPV, which is equipped with dual frontal and side airbags with thorax and head protection for front occupants, scored 26.37 out of a possible 37 points. In the offset crash test, the Exora scored 10.55 out of 16 points – driver chest protection was acceptable and leg protection was marginal. In the side impact crash test, it managed 14.82 out of 16 points – driver chest protection was listed as acceptable.

    The Exora result – with testing carried out in July – reflected its performance in the 40% frontal offset test, where the risk of serious injury to the driver’s legs was high. Side impact performance was good, but overall pedestrian test results were poor, according to ANCAP.

    suprima s

    “The lack of rear curtain airbags is also of concern for a people mover which will inevitably be marketed to families” said ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh.

    As for the Suprima S, it looks like the five-star rating has been obtained without the car needing to undergo the actual crash testing procedure, as the six airbag-equipped hatch’s structural composition and mechanical integrity is virtually identical to that of the Preve. According to ANCAP, Proton has provided technical evidence to ANCAP showing that the Suprima S provides comparable occupant protection.

    To wit, the technical performance report listed for it is that for the Preve sedan, which received a five-star ANCAP safety rating back in February this year. The Suprima S is to be introduced in Australia from December – ahead of its entry there, the five-door hatch is expected to be launched in the Indonesian and Thai markets in the coming months, mirroring the Preve sedan’s export path.

    View the full results for the Proton Exora in the gallery below.

     
     
  • Proton Suprima S – infotainment system tested

    proton suprima s android system 01

    We’ve written about the Proton Suprima S quite extensively since its launch last month, the latest being our test drive review of the five-door hatchback and comparison photo gallery of it and the Preve sedan that ran last week. Now, we take a closer look at the car’s Android-based infotainment system.

    Our sister site Tech Attack! has sampled the Blaupunkt-based system and its accompanying bag of tech goodies, including the system’s Android and Internet capabilities as well as the in-car Lokatoo navigation system. How did it all fare? You can read the full hands-on test report at Tech Attack!

     
     
  • DRIVEN: Proton Suprima S 1.6 Turbo Premium tested

    DRIVEN_Proton_Suprima_S_review_ 001

    Public opinion is an odd thing. Sometimes it’s absolutely spot on, while other times, well, the public is just plain wrong. But once faith has gone, it takes a painfully long time to rebuild. Once scorned, it’ll be a while before many of us go near that guilty party again, if ever. That is, if there’s even a choice.

    And so, to Proton. Public confidence in the national carmaker has been tailing off for years, and not without good and/or (most likely and, for most of us) frequent reason. There was the Waja, Gen 2, Persona, Exora, and last year, the much-awaited and hyped Preve. All promised a lot of things, but delivered few.

    You hear all the time that the new one is the turnaround car, but it isn’t quite so simple. Even if they’re very good – and the Preve did come very close – it’ll take several years to build up that vital public confidence back again. Strike gold, and the absolute best Proton can hope for is stabilisation.

    The real turnaround will come only a few years down the line, when buyers get confident and feel they can put their hard-earned cash behind the vehicles from the first national car company once more. That’s the upside, provided the new Proton Suprima S – now ready to be tested – really is good enough to start the brand back up again. Well now, is it?

    Click here to read our full Proton Suprima S review.

     
     
  • Proton Suprima R3 and manual variants on the way?

    Now that the Proton Suprima S has been officially launched, the question is of course whether there are plans to introduce a manual version of the hatch, or indeed, a R3-type performance variant, given that the hatchback bodystyle invariably invites such an approach.

    We’ve already seen what the Suprima R Concept, an unofficial rendering by Theophilus Chin, would shape the five-door hatch to be if it was sported up.

    In an interview with Datuk Lukman Ibrahim during the launch, the Proton deputy CEO intimated that such plans were afoot, that a manual version of the car as well as a R3 performance version were indeed in the pipeline. Lukman also revealed that a R3 version of the Preve sedan would arrive before the Suprima S R3 – will it have elements seen on the Preve Sapphire, we wonder.

    PROTON_Suprima_R_Front

    Lukman also revealed export plans for the Suprima S, which conforms to ECE and ADR regulations – as mentioned in our launch report, the car will next make its way to ASEAN markets (Indonesia and Thailand) before the year is out. Lukman added that this will be followed by the car’s introduction in developed markets such as Australia and the UK, as well as a new export market, South Africa.

    The choice of Turbo badging to replace the CFE emblem was also explained – the adoption of a well-known descriptor makes it easier to distinguish, especially in international markets.

    suprima competitors
    Click to enlarge pic

    Some other points from Saturday’s launch. Highlighted was the fact that the car was benchmarked against a number of competitors in this segment, with four being bandied about during the presentation.

    Two cars in particular, a ‘RM148k German car’ and a ‘RM128k American car’, were evaluated against the Suprima S over nine aspects of technical competence, ranging from steering linearity and straight-line handling to body control.

    suprima technical competence aspects
    Click to enlarge pic

    Though no direct mention was made as to their identity, the nationality and pricing effectively cements them as the Mk 6 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI (baseline form, sans foglamps, Bi-Xenon DCC headlamps) and the current third-generation Ford Focus Sport +. The other cars mentioned as benchmark competition were the Peugeot 308 Turbo and Mazda3, though no performance aspects were displayed.

    Save for four parameters where the two equal the Suprima S in one way or another, the Suprima S is supposedly to have aced the duo in terms of cornering ability, lane change, body control, wheel control and steering linearity. Those are certainly big claims, so we’re definitely curious as to finding just how good the Suprima S is during the upcoming media test drive soon.

     
     
 

Browse Stories by Car Maker

  Acura
  Alfa Romeo
  Aston Martin
  Audi
  Bentley
  BMW
  Bufori
  Bugatti
  Buick
  Cadillac
  Caterham
  Chana
  Chery
  Chevrolet
  Chrysler
  Citroen
  Daihatsu

  Dodge
  Ferrari
  Fiat
  Ford
  Great Wall
  Holden
  Honda
  Hyundai
  Infiniti
  Inokom
  Isuzu
  Jaguar
  Jeep
  Kia
  Lamborghini
  Lancia
  Land Rover

  Lexus
  LMG
  Lotus
  Mahindra
  Maserati
  Maybach
  Mazda
  McLaren
  Mercedes Benz
  MINI
  Mitsubishi
  Nissan
  Opel
  Perodua
  Peugeot
  Porsche
  Proton

  Renault
  Rolls-Royce
  Rover
  Saab
  Seat
  Skoda
  Smart
  SsangYong
  Subaru
  Suzuki
  Tata
  Toyota
  Volkswagen
  Volvo