It’s been nearly two years since the Proton Iriz was tipped to go on sale in Indonesia, but the national B-segment hatchback is finally open for booking in the republic ahead of its launch in a week’s time on February 18, according to Auto Bild Indonesia.

Only one variant will be offered there for now – the base 1.3 Standard powered by a 1.3 litre VVT engine that produces 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. It will be priced below Rp 200 juta (RM66,700), and is set to take on the Perodua Myvi (badged as the Daihatsu Sirion there), which retails from Rp 162.5 juta (RM54,200).

Explaining the lack of higher-end 1.6 litre models, regional head of Proton’s ASEAN international sales division Shahidin Sahamid said, “We have looked at the tax scheme in Indonesia, which places a higher tax on vehicles with engines larger than 1.5 litres. So we are launching the 1.3 litre model first.”

Indonesian-spec cars will be pretty much identical to those sold here, coming in with projector headlights, 14-inch wheels, LED tail lights and black door handles and mirror caps. Inside, there are fabric seats and a two-DIN head unit with Bluetooth connectivity. Safety-wise, there are dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist and stability control; the latter isn’t available in its competitors there.

GALLERY: Proton Iriz 1.3 Standard MT