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We’re reporting live from Alami Proton 2015 in Shah Alam, and here is a unique picture gallery of the “Evolution of the Perdana” showcase happening at the Proton Styling Studio. Makes for an interesting viewing, don’t you think?

While the local company previews the upcoming 2016 Proton Perdana, it has kindly rounded up the previous and existing models that wore the iconic nameplate. What we have here are two Perdana V6 Executive models and the current government use-only ‘Accordana’ in three different lengths.

The original Perdana V6s are represented here in the mildly-stretched (10-inch) Executive forms, in both pre- and post-facelift guises. The Mitsubishi Eterna-based sedan debuted the Proton Perdana name back in 1995, and remained in service until 2010.

It started life with Mitsubishi’s 4G63 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, which offered 135 hp and 176 Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox was available at launch, but was soon discontinued as the four-speed automatic transmission proved far more popular.

The original car was the very first Proton to be fitted with ABS and cruise control, and its starting price of around RM85,000 in 1995 made it a sales success. Proton sold 9,000 units of the large sedan within the first 14 months, capturing 47% of Malaysia’s “2.0 litre and above segment” at the time.

A more powerful 6A12 2.0 litre V6 engine was introduced in late 1998, giving the Perdana 148 hp and 179 Nm of torque. It went through quite a few rounds of updates, the last of which is shown here.

After it was discontinued in 2010, Proton went without a D-segment sedan in its range, until the second-generation Perdana was launched in late 2013. This time though, it was based on the eighth-generation Honda Accord, and rushed to the market as a stop-gap measure to replace the ageing Perdana V6 government fleet vehicles.

The badge-engineered model (minimal changes were done to Honda’s original design, giving it its ‘Accordana’ nickname) was only sold to the government, and not to the general public. It was announced then that a civilian version of the Perdana, also based on the Accord, would be introduced in 2016.

That vehicle, however, was promised to have its own look both inside and out, differing significantly from the donor car. Officially previewed today, the 2016 Proton Perdana seems to deliver on that account. However, it’s set to retain Honda’s 154 hp/189 Nm 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm 2.4 litre i-VTEC engines – for now, at least.

The two stretched versions of the Accordana seen are more interesting – one more so than the other. The shorter of the two – stretched by 18 inches – are currently used by government ministers. As you can see, it offers a huge amount of rear legroom, but not much else over the standard version.

Much more intriguing is the longer version, which has been stretched by 32 inches between the wheels. Only five of these vehicles have, and will ever be built, with this one in particular belonging to none other than Proton Chairman Tun Mahathir himself. Note the “Proton 2020” number plate.

Tun M customised the vehicle to his liking, adding on OZ Racing Italia 150 wheels and a completely bespoke rear cabin. Open the rear doors and you’re welcomed by a striking all-red interior, complete with an integrated Nespresso machine.

The two individual seats are also electrically adjustable, with the controls mounted on the door cards, Mercedes-Benz-style. A Bose home theatre audio system can also be seen. Subtle it certainly isn’t, but it sure is impressive.

Up front, Tun M’s car appears to be a test-bed of sorts for Proton engineers, as it features a centrally-placed push start button, an electronic parking brake and get this, a Jaguar-style rotary gear selector. Here, a more fitting set of black seats are used to match the dark dashboard, but not without a dash of scarlet.

So there it is, the “evolution of the Perdana.” Do tell us what you think of this showcase in the comments section below.

Old Proton Perdana V6 Executive


Standard Proton Perdana 2.4P

Stretched Proton Perdana (18-inch), for Malaysian ministers

Stretched Proton Perdana (32-inch), customised for Tun Mahathir

2016 Proton Perdana preview