2016 Proton Perdana undisguised 1

Here it is, everyone, the 2016 Proton Perdana as it arrives at a dealership in Malaysia. Spotted by paultan.org reader Lim Tsu Shyang, the variant seen here is the top-of-the-line 2.4 litre model

As you can see, the new Perdana’s exterior design is a far cry from previous-gen Honda Accord, which it is based on. Up front, there are xenon projector headlights with LED daytime running lights that extend into the chromed two-bar grille (featuring the new Proton logo). The lower apron hosts another chrome trim element and a large lip.

Along the sides, there are large wheels that are of a new design, not seen on any current Proton model. As we’ve previously seen, the Perdana also gets redesigned rear doors, which now sport a kink at the C-pillar. If the car looks relatively long, that’s because it measures over five meters long, besting the Accord, Toyota Camry and even the Mazda 6.

The rear meanwhile, looks to be unchanged from the car shown at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) last month. C-shaped tail lamps linked by a boot-length chrome trim piece, dual exhaust tips, and chrome surrounds on the reflector and rear fog lamp are just some of the highlights here.

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A shot of the cabin reveals an Accord-like look to things, although there are a few changes. Firstly, the infotainment system is now a touchscreen unit, while the supporting screen above it is now a full colour screen that also serves as a display for the navigation function. The interior seen here appears to carry a beige theme (black is also an option), with generous amounts of leather applied to various areas, including the seats.

As this is the 2.4L variant, under the hood, you’ll find a K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine (177 hp/222 Nm) paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. The mill is expected to be replaced by a new NE01 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (acquired from Petronas in 2012) by the end of 2017, with a CVT replacing the slush box.

What do you think of the new 2016 Proton Perdana? It shouldn’t be too long until the D-segment car makes its official launch debut here. Are you among those that have already made a booking and if you haven’t, will you be heading out to showrooms to do so?

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana previewed at MIECC