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Design whiz Theophilus Chin has rendered his take on a Proton Exora facelift, using elements of the local carmaker’s latest Iriz hatchback. Yes, Proton has already facelifted its MPV once – the Exora Bold – but it’s likely that the seven-seater will be updated again in the future to keep it looking fresh while a proper second-generation model is being developed. This is what the new facelift could look like.

Up front, Theo has planted an Iriz-like face to the Exora. The new projector headlamps, while keeping a similar general shape as before, features a protrusion into the grille to match the latest “Proton Wings” design. The downturned lower intake is taken straight from the Iriz too, while the lip garnish and NEXLIDE electroluminescent light strips mirror those on the Iriz Active concept.

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Changes to the back are more liberal, with a set of horizontally-mounted taillights replacing the original car’s vertical units. The rear windows now wrap around the D-pillars, and the entire tailgate is swapped for one with a nice connecting element to match the existing swage lines on the sides of the car. Quite a nice touch, don’t you think?

Interestingly enough, the renders have ditched the Exora Bold’s sporty side skirts. In its place are black plastic strips that run all around the vehicle, including the wheelarches, to give it a pseudo-crossover look. Much-needed improvements to its interior build quality aside, what do you think of this new look for the Proton Exora?

Proton Exora Bold