Last week, we brought you the first spyshots of the facelifted Proton Iriz, set to go under the knife for the first time since it was introduced in 2014. Now we’ve gotten an closer look at the refreshed B-segment hatchback – the mule cruising right along the busy Jalan Tun Razak in downtown Kuala Lumpur – thanks to a video shot by reader Shocky, including our first proper look at the new front end.

Here, new really means new, with the bonnet and reflector headlights having been taken from the Persona sedan, replacing the old projector lamps. The chrome strip on the top edge of those lights now run into a redesigned grille, flowing out of the shield-shaped Proton badge. Meanwhile, the front bumpers have been made more aggressive, with LED daytime running lights fully integrated in the corner air intakes.

We also get a better shot at the rear of the car, showing a prominent bulge on the rear bumper and a reshaped number plate recess. There also appears to be a new tailgate appliqué hiding under the camouflage, but while the tail lights also wear disguise they appear to be the same LED units as before. A new 10-spoke wheel design can be found too, again covered in camouflage.

The Iriz already received mechanical updates last year, including a reduction in the number of engine mounts (from four to three), a new exhaust system and higher-quality sound insulation as part of measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Proton also retuned the ECU and the CVT’s transmission control unit (TCU) for quicker, more linear response.

Expect engine options to soldier on, with a 94 hp/120 Nm 1.3 litre VVT four-cylinder petrol engine and a larger 107 hp/150 Nm 1.6 litre unit, paired to either a five-speed manual gearbox on the base 1.3 Standard variant or a CVT on the 1.3 Standard, 1.3 Executive and 1.6 Premium.

GALLERY: 2017 Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium