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This is probably the best set of spyshots of the 2016 Proton Perdana so far, with front and rear three quarter shots plus a side profile view of the large sedan. Some of the pics also show us the Perdana’s “eyes” for the first time. Thanks to reader Aab Zar MY.

Daytime running lights are a must have these days, even if many want it purely for the flash factor. Blame the likes of Audi, which started the stylised LED DRL trend. The 2016 Perdana doesn’t miss out, and we can see the big Proton’s LED daytime running lights sitting above the main beams, like eyebrows. As seen in official teaser pics, it’s an LED bar instead of a row of individual LEDs.

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Also seen is the location of the signal lamps, which are placed in the inner edge of the headlamp cluster. The wing mirrors also house indicators. On the topic of lights, check out the new Perdana’s LED tail lamps here.

Another takeaway here is the size of the Perdana, illustrated by the side profile shot with occupants. The previous-gen Honda Accord donor car is already one of the biggest D-segment sedans on the road today, but Proton will pushing the envelope with its flagship – 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.

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To be built at Proton’s Medium Volume Factory in Shah Alam (current government-only Perdana is made by Honda Malaysia in Melaka), the 2016 Perdana is expected to launch in the first quarter of this year, retaining the Accord’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

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