The 2016 Proton Perdana has been spotted countless times, but the latest spyshots by readers Parmeet Singh Sidhu and Alsaddam Suhaimi show the car’s LED tail lights turned on for the first time.

Illuminated, the C-shaped light guide graphics look slightly different from what was shown at the preview of the flagship D-segment sedan at the Alami Proton open day, with what appears to be a squarer shape – although it could be that the camouflage over the lights is masking the true shape of the graphics.

In any case, the solid LED strips – which appear to also act as brake lights – are a departure for Proton, as previous efforts either used individual diodes for both regular and brake lights (Persona facelift, Saga FL, Exora, Iriz) or a solid strip for regular lights and standard bulbs for braking (Suprima S).

It’s confirmed that the 2016 Perdana, based on the eighth-generation Honda Accord, will be built at Proton’s Medium Volume Factory in Shah Alam, alongside the Exora (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