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We might have only gotten a sneak peek at the upcoming 2016 Proton Perdana – which will go on sale early next year – but we already have an idea of what the national carmaker’s flagship D-segment sedan will look like, thanks to rendering wizard Theophilus Chin.

If these renderings – which uses elements from the partial reveals at Alami Proton, as well as the first official teaser – are indeed representative of the final car, then the new Perdana will cut a handsome and aggressive figure indeed, and will not at all be reminiscent of the eighth-generation Honda Accord on which it’s based.

The sharp headlights feature “eyebrow” LED daytime running lights that flow into the Proton Wings grille, while the muscular lower bumper – with a silver “wing” running across the full-width air intake – adds a healthy dollop of sportiness to go with the sizeable front splitter.

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As expected, the glasshouse extends further back than on the Accord – and the teardrop-shaped window line contrasts with the Accord’s BMW-esque kinked C-pillar – giving the new sedan an almost fastback-like roofline. At the rear sits L-shaped full-LED tail lights connected by a thick chrome bar, an integrated bootlid spoiler and exhaust exits that sit inside the rear bumper, together with the reflectors and number plate recess.

Theo also rendered the interior of the car – by contrast to the exterior, the cabin looks near-identical to the Accord, save for a large touchscreen in the centre. Do remember, however, that Proton chairman Tun Mahathir Mohamad has a “Accordana” limousine with, among others, a Jaguar-style rotary gear selector, an engine start button and an electronic parking brake – so it’s possible the final Perdana could include them.

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It’s confirmed that the 2016 Perdana will be built at Proton’s Medium Volume Factory in Shah Alam, alongside the Exora MPV (the current government-use version is assembled at Honda Malaysia’s plant in Melaka).

Engine wise, it’s set to retain Honda’s 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC engines – for now, at least. Both engines will be mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. We can’t wait to finally see this car in the flesh! What do you think about these renderings?

2016 Proton Perdana previewed at Alami Proton

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