After a public debut followed by a media preview, the 2017 Proton Iriz has been officially launched in Malaysia. As reported previously, the variant line-up has been trimmed to make it more streamlined compared to before.

Now, buyers will get to choose from a total of four variants – 1.3 Standard MT (RM43,800), 1.3 Standard CVT (RM46,800), 1.3 Executive CVT (RM50,800) and 1.6 Premium CVT (RM58,800). Before this, the variant count stood at eight, with manual and CVT options for all variants, including the now retracted 1.6 Executive.

These on-the-road prices are inclusive of insurance and a five-year/150,000 km warranty. Two new exterior body colours have also been introduced – Ruby Red and Carnelian Brown – joining the existing Graphite Grey, Atlantic Blue and Cotton White (Citrus Green is no more).

Revisions for the Iriz include a number of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) refinements. These include a reduction in the number of engine mounts from four to three, a new exhaust system from French supplier Faurecia and higher-quality sound insulation.

The company claims that with all these improvements, the Iriz is now five decibels quieter than before. Aesthetic changes for all variants can be seen at the front, where there’s now a gloss black front grille garnish.

Meanwhile, the cabin sees a redesigned instrument cluster with an ECO Drive Assist indicator for CVT models, as well as a new gearlever with a side-mounted unlock button. There’s also new fabric upholstery with blue and red stripes, along with red stitching.

As for variant-specific changes, the 1.6 Premium now comes with a two-tone exterior colour scheme, where the door mirror caps, roof and spoiler receive a Quartz Black finish.

Moving inside, the Premium switches from to part-leather upholstery (previously full-leather), and is joined by red stitching on the steering wheel and carpets. Gloss grey coats the previously matte centre console and gearlever surrounds, and the instrument cluster shroud is now finished in gloss black.

The infotainment system is new too, now offering Smart E-Link smartphone screen mirroring. Certain features such as automatic headlight activation, auto-folding door mirrors and the auto-up function for the driver’s side window have been removed from the Premium’s kit list.

Other items such as LED daytime running lights, a dual-tone bodykit, a larger rear spoiler, 15-inch two-tone alloys and steering wheel audio controls are retained on the Premium variant.

Next up, the 1.3 Executive now receives front fog lights, keyless entry and push-button start on top of a bodykit, rear spoiler, body-coloured door handles, rear wiper, rear seat USB chargers and adjustable rear headrests. The variant continues on with 14-inch alloys, a slightly smaller rear spoiler, double DIN head unit and urethane steering wheel.

Equipment count on the 1.3 Standard is the same as before and includes projector headlights, LED tail lights, 14-inch alloy wheels, fabric seats, reverse sensors and a 2-DIN radio/CD head unit with Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary ports and four speakers.

Safety kit remains the same as before, with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist, front seat belt reminders and ISOFIX child seat anchors (rear). The 1.6 Premium also gets side and curtain airbags (six airbags in total) and seat belt reminders on all seats.

Similarly, engine choices remain identical, with the 1.3 litre VVT four-cylinder engine continuing to produce 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the larger 1.6 litre mill pushes out 107 hp at 5,750 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm. However, Proton has retuned the engine control unit (ECU) and the CVT’s transmission control unit (TCU) for a quicker, more linear response.

We’ve already a go in the updated Proton Iriz, and you can read all about it in our first impressions review, here. Browse full specifications of the Iriz at CarBase.my

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