Proton is wasting no time in starting its export programme for the P3-21A, dubbed as a “world car” by the national carmaker. Currently being teased at the Proton Power of 1 event at Bukit Jalil, a report from Australia reveals that the flagship sedan will be launched Down Under in September this year.

In Australia, the P3-21A will replace the Persona, but will introduce more space, sophistication and equipment to the equation. Two 1.6 litre engines will be on offer.

The entry-level GX gets a naturally-aspirated engine and manual transmission, with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) available as option. The high-spec GXR will feature the turbocharged Campro CFE engine and will be CVT-only.

The CarAdvice report adds that the GX will come with six airbags and electronic stability control (ESC). The GXR adds on a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, among other features. No prices were mentioned. Currently, the Persona is sold there from AUD$14,990 to $18,990 driveaway.

Besides the P3-21A, Proton Australia will also import the Exora MPV in Bold form, which means a Campro CFE + CVT combo. To be launched in August, the turbo Exora will be priced below AUD$25,000. These two new models will be tasked to spearhead a rebound in sales – Proton sales slipped 18.8% in 2011 to 1,542 units.