Proton Persona render

Hot on the heels of the renders of the 2016 Proton Saga that we brought you this morning come these of its larger sibling, the 2016 Proton Persona, this time courtesy of none other than Proton Design Competition (PDC) 2014 winner Pow Ying Hern.

Now, you may remember that fellow rendering wizard Theophilus Chin has also put out his vision of what the Iriz-based B-segment sedan will look like, so it’s interesting to compare the different styles the two artists have taken.

Proton Persona render 2

While the front of both are fairly similar, Pow’s design has a wider chrome bar at the front that stretches across the entire width of the car. The grille here is also thicker than on Theo’s effort, while Pow has added some style with twin-projector headlights, items which will probably not feature on the real thing.

Down below, Pow stuck with the same large trapezoidal lower grille as on the Iriz, but added more intricate fog light surrounds, as well as a four-piece fog light design reminiscent of that on the facelifted previous-gen Kia Optima.

Theophilus Chin’s render of the 2016 Proton Persona

Along the side, both designs feature a C-pillar kink in the glasshouse, differing from the Iriz’s sloping window line. But it’s the rear where the most differences can be seen – although Theo’s design has broader, slimmer two-piece tail lights, Pow’s one-piece items are larger, with a chrome outline and a light guide arrangement reminiscent of the Volkswagen Polo‘s. The bumpers are similar on both designs.

The real Persona will be unveiled some time after the upcoming Perdana, but ahead of the new Saga. The Iriz’s range of 1.3 litre and 1.6 litre VVT engines are expected to be offered on the Persona at launch, but the car could gain Proton’s new 1.3 litre and 1.6 litre direct-injected (GDI/TGDI) engines after production of the new mills begin by the end of 2017.

SPYSHOTS: 2016 Proton Persona