Yes, we pretty much have a rough idea of what the upcoming 2016 Proton Perdana will look like, but that doesn’t make these crystal-clear spyshots of a mule headed up to Genting Highlands – courtesy of reader Lim Zheng Liang – any less interesting.

It appears that this is a lower-spec model than the one shown at Alami Proton, judging by the eighth-gen Honda Accord-esque reflector headlights (projectors on the official teaser) and the less intricate wheel design that looks to have been nicked from the previous facelifted Accord 2.4 VTi-L. It’s unclear that these are Accord parts fitted for the sole purpose of testing, or the ones that will go on the actual car.

Also seen here is a single exhaust exit – still incorporated in the bumper – compared to the twin pipes seen on the preview car. It remains to be seen if a lower-end variant will have just one exhaust outlet, or if the other pipe is camouflaged in these photos and is simply non-functional.


Otherwise, it’s much the same as we’ve seen before – clear to see here is the faster rake of the rear windscreen compared to the previous Accord on which it’s based, redesigned teardrop-shaped window line, new door handles as well as full-LED tail lights.

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. The Perdana will be offered to civilian buyers in the first quarter of 2016.

2016 Proton Perdana renderings by Theophilus Chin
2016 Proton Perdana previewed at Alami Proton