Proton Perdana spyshots 2

The 2016 Proton Perdana will be unveiled soon, and we can’t wait to finally see the first new national D-segment sedan in 11 years in the flesh. In the meantime, here are some more spyshots of the new car to tide us over, courtesy of Mohd Nizam Mohd Razak, Akmal Latip and Huzaifah Azman.

Although the mule still sports a full camouflage job, the basic shape is still visible, allowing us to see the more laid-back cab-rearward design that contrasts to the more upright design of the eighth-generation Honda Accord on which it’s based. That’s primarily because of its added length – at a hair under five metres long (4,999 mm), the Perdana is 150 mm longer than the Accord, with most of it going to the rear end.

Previous spyshots and previews suggest that the Perdana will get a redesigned front fascia, projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, a longer roofline with a more elegant teardrop-shaped glasshouse, as well as a completely new rear end with C-shaped LED tail lights and dual exhaust exits integrated into the bumper. Also expect a few changes to be made inside, including a new beige colour scheme (the Accord’s interior is all-black).

To be built at Proton’s Medium Volume Factory in Shah Alam (as opposed to the current government-issue Perdana that is assembled at Honda Malaysia’s plant in Pegoh, Melaka), the civilian model is expected to launch in the first quarter of this year, retaining the Honda’s 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC engines and five-speed automatic transmission.

A revision is slated to arrive by the end of 2017, with the Perdana set to receive a new NE01 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, based on the Petronas E01 mill purchased by the national carmaker in 2012. The engine is expected to be available in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged flavours, both featuring direct injection.

Also being considered is Proton’s new 1.5 litre turbocharged and direct-injected TGDI engine, claimed to be able to produce 180 hp and 250 Nm. Whichever powertrain ends up being slotted in, a new CVT automatic should become standard fare come end-2017.

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana teased

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana rendered