petronas e01e

Among the news that came out earlier this month was that Proton will be introducing a new Petronas-derived NE01 2.0 litre engine, which will be slotted into the upcoming Proton Perdana by the end of next year. The engine is set to replace the Honda-sourced R20A3 2.0 litre and K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC mills the Accord-based D-segment sedan will feature from its launch in the first quarter of this year.

Very little details of the new engine – acquired from the oil giant in 2012 – was revealed during the announcement, but the fact that the national carmaker also procured direct injection patents in the purchase suggested that the NE01, like Proton’s new 1.3 and 1.5 litre engines, would get the technology from the get-go. That is apparently not the case, according to Proton chief technical officer Abdul Rashid Musa.


Theophilus Chin’s rendering of the 2016 Proton Perdana

Rashid told that while the engine in the Perdana will be turbocharged, it will not come with direct injection. However, he added that adding the technology to the NE01 for higher power and torque output is possible, and it could happen depending on the market requirements.

Previously, Proton CEO Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah said that the company’s new 1.5 litre turbocharged and direct-injected (TGDI) engine – tipped to be capable of producing 180 hp and 250 Nm – is also being considered to be offered on the Perdana, given that it’ll have a similar output and power-to-weight ratio to the 177 hp/222 Nm Honda 2.4 litre engine.

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana teased

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana rendered