Surprise, surprise. Exactly 10 days before its launch, the Proton PCC/Iriz has been spotted completely undisguised right here in Kuala Lumpur. How could that be, we hear you ask? Well, you only need to look at the driver to find out. It’s Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Proton chairman himself behind the wheel of the Malaysian carmaker’s upcoming “game changer”. Let’s call it his own personal teaser/preview.

It’s quite a looker in the flesh, we’ll tell you that much. Even without referring to its external dimensions, the new Proton is visibly larger than the Perodua Myvi. It looks much longer and wider. The rear end can finally be seen in full, with its LED lamps and rear hatch neatly nestled within a separate layer from the side body panels – what Proton designers have dubbed the ‘chamfered’ look.

The car was covered soon after it was parked in Pavilion, so we couldn’t get any close-up or interior shots. Oh well, these new pictures already show the new Myvi-fighter in more detail than we’ve seen before – internal leaks aside, that is. In any case, Proton has released revealing interior photos of the PCC/Iriz for us to see last week, anyway.

As is to be expected, the car here is the range-topping 1.6 Premium variant, which we now know will carry a RM59,888 price tag in five-speed manual form, or RM62,888 with a CVT transmission (both metallic, OTR with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia). As revealed in an official tentative price list yesterday, the range will start at RM42,438 for the base 1.3 Standard MT, coming within hundreds of the Myvi’s prices.

Eight variants and seven colours will be offered, and we’ve already detailed the exterior and interior differences between the models last week – now backed up by the full official specifications and equipment list. Safe to say (pun intended), it will be an attractive package no matter what variant you choose, with standard electronic stability control and a five-star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating across the whole range.

The official BetulBetulOnz teaser microsite also mentions that the order books for the Proton PCC/Iriz have opened, so you can now register your interest in Proton showrooms nationwide. We’ll have more – confirmed prices, full technical/equipment details and a comprehensive photo gallery – from the official launch this September 25.