The 2016 Proton Persona has been spotted on the road yet again, this time by reader Pdud Kronos, who sent us these photos of the Iriz-based B-segment sedan. The mules have dropped a little bit of disguise compared to the last time we’ve seen them, giving us our best view yet of the new car.

Clear to see here is the new headlight shape – compared to the one on the Iriz, the Persona’s is slimmer and sleeker, flowing to the grille. The expanded “Proton Wings” chrome upper grille trim that run across the headlights is also visible in these photos. This matches the renders done by both resident Photoshop expert Theophilus Chin and Proton Design Competition 2014 winner Pow Ying Hern.

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

The front bumper with the gaping lower grille and protruding chin splitters is reminiscent to the one on the Iriz, although the fog lights are now round in shape instead of triangular – again matching Theo’s render. Down the side, the Persona is visually similar to its hatch sibling, with the exception of the C-pillar kink.

The biggest difference to the Iriz, of course, is the separate boot – and these images give us the clearest look at the design of the unusually short rump. Almond-shaped tail lights eat into the bootlid and are joined together by horizontal strip – it does look more and more like Pow’s render, although the shapely rear valence insert that was also seen in an earlier spyshot is not visible here.

The Persona looks to be taller than most of the competition, keeping the Iriz’s considerable height – the hatch is around 75 mm taller than both the Honda City and the Toyota Vios. This would explain the slightly awkward proportions compared to some of its rivals.

The Persona will be unveiled some time after the soon-to-be-launched 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.