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Proton will be looking to replace its CamPro and CamPro CFE engines with a range of all-new turbocharged (and naturally-aspirated) 1.3 and 1.5 litre GDI mills, confirmed the brand’s chief technical officer, Abdul Rashid Musa. However, it should be noted that the entire project is still very much a “work in progress” and that the finished article could only see the light of day in 2019 or 2018, at the earliest.

The news was first tipped by one of our readers and was later verified by Rashid himself. Aside from the proposed new GDI engines, it was also reported that a new turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol mill, based on the Petronas E01 family, could power future variants of the Proton Perdana – said mill is likely to be revealed in 2018/2019. Rumoured power output has been rated at around 160 hp and 250 Nm of torque.

Said Petronas-derived engine will most probably debut to replace the 2.0 and 2.4 litre Honda-based engines currently in service in the Proton Perdana – the same range of powerplants will soldier on in the soon-to-be-launched 2016 Proton Perdana, as well.

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Additionally, Proton could also be turning to Japan-based Jatco for new torque converter-type CVTs to pair with the aforementioned lineup of new engines. The fact that Jatco had a booth erected at the Alami Proton carnival over the weekend further hints at a potential tie-up between the two firms.

Back in October last year, it was reported that Proton was “studying the possibility” of employing said CVT variants to help improve drivability and fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, Belgium-based Punch Powertrain – which supplies CVTs to all of Proton’s models save for the Inspira – does not produce torque converter-type CVTs. With Proton having to turn to other firms, Jatco could very well be at the top of the list.

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