PROTON-IRIZ

To cap today’s big wave of fresh official info on the new Proton Compact Car (PCC), we’ll try to describe the differences between the eight variants as best we can, despite the lack of pictures (we weren’t allowed to take photos, unfortunately). So, three trim lines – Standard, Executive and Premium – and eight variants in total. How are they different?

All the images released so far are of the range-topping 1.6 Premium. On the outside, it gets fully-integrated LED daytime running lights, all-around “two-tone” bodykit, 15-inch double-spoke star-design wheels (with 195/55R15 tyres) and a big square-edged rear spoiler. It’s no surprise that it looks the best in this form, both inside and out. An interesting note – the PCC features Proton’s first use of aeroblade wiper blades.

In the mid-range Executive line (available on both 1.3 and 1.6 litre variants), the DRLs are gone, with their slots replaced by neatly-designed bumper inserts. The Premium’s LEDs double up as positioning lights too, so on the Standard and Executive models, the “small lights” are moved into the main headlamps – they’re in the black strip just below the signal repeaters.

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Also, while the bodykit design is the same, the bottom “layer” (which extends to the faux-diffuser in the back) is left unpainted (in a dark grey plastic look) instead of the Premium’s lighter grey finish. The grille bar is silver, not chrome, and the wheels on the 1.3 models are smaller (14-inchers), with a six-spoke design and 175/65R14 rubbers. Round the back, there’s a more rounded-looking top spoiler, and the bee-sting antennae is replaced by a conventional one.

Moving on to the base Standard models, you get no bodykit, and the rear diffuser is swapped out for a simpler, less aggressive bumper insert. The wing mirrors and door handles are all finished in black, and the rear spoiler and wiper are missing altogether. As for the wheels, Proton is still deciding between steel items with plastic wheel caps and the Executive’s six-spoke alloys.

Inside, most of the bells and whistles (keyless entry, leather seats) are exclusive to the Premium variant. The segment-stand-out six airbag count is only for the range-topper too (the rest gets two), but at least stability control is a standard feature across the range. Both 1.6 Executive and Premium variants get a 6.2-inch touchscreen system with reverse camera.

Lesser models get fabric seats, a double-DIN head unit with USB and Bluetooth connectivity (plus steering wheel controls in the 1.6 Executive) and a conventional remote key. Unfortunately, the twin powered USB sockets are not fitted to the Standard models. Trim pieces (piano black or matte black steering wheel garnish, chrome vent surrounds, etc) also vary between the variants.

Lastly, the new VVT engines. The 1.3 litre models get 94 hp at 5,500 rpm and 120 Nm of torque just below 4,000 rpm, while 1.6 litre models develop 105 hp at 5,750 rpm and 150 Nm at 3,750 rpm. A choice of either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission are offered on all engine/trim line combinations. You can refer to the eight available variants and seven exterior colour options here.

We’ll have a more comprehensive story with pictures as soon as they are made available to us. For now, find out all there is to know about Proton’s “game-changer” in our comprehensive Proton PCC infohub.

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