The 2017 Proton Iriz has yet to go on sale, but it has made its public debut at the DRB-Hicom Autofest 2017 show before it reaches showrooms soon. The refreshed B-segment hatch has been given very minor updates inside and out, with bigger gains seen under the skin.

Exterior changes, in fact, amount to just paint, with the upper grille wing, door mirrors, roof and rear spoiler on this top-spec 1.6 Premium model now coming in gloss black, although the bodykit is still finished in the same warm grey as before. New Proton badges are also fitted front and rear, while the previous Fire Red hue has been replaced by the more vibrant Ruby Red you see here.

Inside, one can spot a new touchscreen head unit with Smart Link screen mirroring, as well as new part-leather (previously full) upholstery with red stitching and blue and red stripes in the centre that bear a striking resemblance to the Martini racing colours. Other trims will get full fabric seats with the same pattern.

Also added is a new Persona-style gearlever for the CVT models, plus the Persona’s redesigned instrument cluster (with the Eco Assist light) and new carpets with red piping. Unfortunately, features such as automatic headlights and the auto-up function on the driver’s side window have been removed.

We’ve been told here that the lineup, previously featuring as many as eight variants, has been streamlined to just four – 1.3 Standard manual, 1.3 Standard CVT, 1.3 Executive CVT and 1.6 Premium CVT. The 1.3 Executive model will gain keyless entry and push-button start, previously reserved for the Premium model.

Proton has yet to announce any mechanical changes, but we can expect the Iriz to come with the same noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) improvements as we’ve seen on the Persona, as was previously intimated. These include a reduction in the number of engine mounts from four to three, along with a revised ECU for a more linear throttle response. The much-maligned CVT should receive a few updates as well.

Engine and transmission choices should remain the same as before – 94 hp/120 Nm 1.3 litre and 107 hp/150 Nm 1.6 litre VVT mills, mated to either a five-speed manual transmission (1.3 Standard only) or a CVT.

2017 model year updates to the Proton Iriz include:

  • New Proton badges
  • Black upper grille wing, door mirror caps, roof and rear spoiler (1.6 Premium only)
  • Ruby Red exterior colour option
  • Goodyear Assurance tyres (previously Silverstone Synergy M5)
  • New touchscreen head unit with Smart Link screen mirroring
  • New gearlever with side unlock button
  • Leather-and-fabric seat upholstery with red stitching and blue-and-red stripes (1.6 Premium only)
  • Red piping on floor mats (1.6 Premium only)
  • Keyless entry, push-button start for 1.3 Executive
  • Automatic headlight activation removed
  • Auto-up function for driver’s side window removed
  • Three engine mounts (previously four)
  • Revised ECU
  • CVT improvements