Yet more spyshots of the 2016 Proton Perdana have been sent over by reader Saiful Azhar Musa – these photos give us a better view of what the national flagship D-segment sedan will look like.

Evident in the front shot are the new, more rounded headlights that are a departure from the rectangular ones on the eighth-generation Honda Accord on which the new Perdana is based. The sole teaser image released by Proton shows projector headlights with solid LED daytime running light strips, as opposed to the individual diodes as seen on the Prevé, Suprima S and Iriz Premium.

Along the side, we notice the door shutline that runs up the windows ends much shorter than the one on the Accord. We already know that the Perdana will lose the Accord’s BMW-style C-pillar kink in favour of a more elegant teardrop shape.


The rear windscreen also has a shallower rake compared to the Accord – that, combined with the longer rear overhang (where most of the 150 mm length increase over the Honda should reside) lends a more graceful, if rear-heavy, profile. Around the back, there’s the L-shaped LED tail lights that were already revealed at the Alami Proton open day event, although the integrated twin rear exhaust exits are conspicuously missing here.

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.

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana teased

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana rendered