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The long-awaited 2016 Proton Perdana has been teased for a second time ahead of its launch – the unveiling should be happening soon, given that bookings are already open. The national carmaker has revealed just the front and rear corners of the car, but we can already see a number of changes from when we last saw the car at the media preview earlier in the year.

This is the first public outing of the production Perdana, and the first time it has appeared on this site undisguised. We are aware that leaked photos have circulated on the Internet, showing the entire car uncovered, but those were shot inside Proton’s own compound. We make it a point not to publish pictures that were leaked internally, as that would not be legal, strictly speaking.

Its appearance here at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) is also the first time the public will be able to see several key design details of the flagship D-segment sedan, including as the xenon projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, as well as the L-shaped full-LED tail lights and tall rear spoiler on this 2.4 litre model.

Also visible here are the front splitter and rear diffuser, but these are now in full body colour, as opposed to the contrasting grey – like the Iriz 1.6 and Saga FLX SE – that was displayed on a pre-production model at the Alami Proton open day last year. This means that the fake integrated exhaust tips in the rear bumper are also painted in the same colour as the body – an odd choice indeed.

The new Perdana will retain the engines and gearbox from the car it’s based on, the previous-generation Honda Accord. These include the 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC engines, both mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

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Measuring a massive 5,020 mm long, 1,845 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,800 mm, the Perdana is a lot longer that the 4,849 mm Accord, which was already quite a big car. To compare, the current Honda Accord is 4,870 mm long while the Toyota Camry is 4,850 mm long. The Mazda 6, which is visually the largest among Japanese D-segment sedans, is 4,865 mm long.

The list of kit that will be offered on the range topping 2.4L includes front and rear sensors, a touchscreen head unit with navigation (two colour screens in the Proton vs single monochrome screen in the Honda), dual-zone auto air-conditioning with rear vents and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

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