First appearing quietly on Proton’s official website, the revised-for-2018 Proton Preve has arrived. Two variants are on offer here – the 1.6 Executive CVT priced at RM64,730 and RM72,510 for the 1.6 Premium CVT, charting increases of RM4,120 and RM1,193 respectively. Prices are on-the-road without insurance, and include a five-year, 150,000 km warranty.

Both versions of the updated sedan feature the same powertrain, namely a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine producing 138 hp at 5,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque between 2,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm. This drives the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission with a simulated seven-speed mode. The naturally-aspirated manual variant has been dropped from the line-up.

A host of changes aimed at improving noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have been applied to the Preve. These include new engine and transmission mounts, new pillar fillings and carpeting, additional rubber seals to reduce wind noise and changes to eliminate air-conditioner hissing.

Other features include a new gearknob garnish, changes towards improved radio reception and new fishnet-type floor mats, and the 16-inch wheel option (on the Executive variant not shown here) gets a set of more compliant tyres. Exterior visual changes are limited to colour and trim, such as a blacked-out grille and bootlid garnish, black roof and wing mirrors. The Premium variant gets 17-inch wheels.

Standard equipment includes projector halogen headlamps with follow-me-home lighting, front and rear fog lamps, driver’s side auto up/down window operation with anti-pinch and a radio/CD head unit with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio connectivity. On the safety front, all versions get six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, active front headrests and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors.

Added to the Premium model are LED DRLs, push-button start, single-zone automatic climate control, touchscreen navigation, automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control, auto-folding wing mirrors, paddle shifters and tinted windows. Five colours are available for the 2018 Proton Preve – Ruby Red, Carnelian Brown, Graphite Grey, Sterling Silver and Cotton White.