Proton Persona prototype spyshots 3

Not one to shy away from prying eyes and cameras, the 2016 Proton Persona has been spotted making its rounds again. This time, we have reader Ameer Azhar Fadzilan to thank for this sighting near Bandar Enstek, Negeri Sembilan.

The photos reveal a pair of test mules that are fully-camouflaged, although one of them does appear to have less camo stuck to its rear hatch. The design certainly shares a lot in common with the render done by Proton Design Competition (PDC) 2014 winner Pow Ying Hern.

This includes the pronounced boot lip, recessed number plate holder, and rear reflector/fog lamp enclosures. Where the differences lie are in the tail lights that appear to trail down the edges of the car, instead of extending towards the centre of the rear hatch.

From the rear, the Iriz-based B-segment sedan’s tall profile is also very apparent. With the Iriz measuring around 75 mm taller than the Honda City and Toyota Vios, it’s no surprise the Persona test mule here has an interesting apperance.

Unfortunately, we were only provided shots of the prototype’s rear. If you’re curious about the car’s front, you can refer to our earlier spyshots of the new Persona, where the Iriz’s influence is most apparent, with close resemblance to Theophilus Chin’s renderings.

Renderings of the 2016 Proton Persona, by Theophilus Chin (top) and Pow Ying Hern (bottom)

The 2016 Proton Persona is expected to carry the Iriz’s range of engines (1.3 litre and 1.6 litre VVT) initially, but could be outfitted with Proton’s upcoming 1.3 litre and 1.6 litre direct-injected (GDI/TGDI) engines after production of the new engines commences by the end of 2017.

The Persona is just one of three new Proton models that are expected to make their debut this year. The impending flagship, the Proton Perdana will be the first model to lead the national carmaker’s revival plans, followed by the new Persona and the new Saga after that.

SPYSHOTS: 2016 Proton Persona