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It’s not just the Proton Iriz that’s gearing up for a mid-life refresh; its sedan sister, the Proton Persona is also set for a facelift. Reader Faiz Suparman sent in these shots of a taped-up Proton Persona roaming the streets, with camouflage on the front and rear ends.

It appears like the entire Persona front end – grille and lower bumper – will be new for the facelift, with only the headlamp cluster carried over. While the current car’s grille is akin to a straight bridge connecting the lights, the grille shape we see here is more of a V, with a separate letterbox slot below.

The grille insert appears similar to the “Infinite Weave” motif seen on the Proton X70 SUV. Note that the grille on this Persona mule differs from the grille on the Iriz facelift mule – that one has long chrome strips flowing from the top of the headlamps into the grille, meeting at the Proton badge.

The Persona facelift is set to have a new grille and lower bumper

The arrangement of the elements in the lower bumper is more conventional here, compared to today’s Persona. The “mouth” appears to be smaller, and could very well end up in-line with the side air intakes, which are in turn larger. The latter houses horizontal LED daytime running light strips, which are a new addition. The overall look has similarities with the X70.

From what we can see so far, the Persona will have a more conventional front end design, whereas Proton might be going for a more sporty/bold look for the Iriz, which fits in with the B-segment duo’s sedan and hatchback identities. The wheels, which are masked, have eight spokes versus the 10 on the Iriz mule.

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At the back, the prototype looks to have retained the current Persona’s tail lamps, slim bootlid spoiler and horizontal trim bridging the lights. The lowest floor of the tall butt appears to have been renovated – currently, the rear fog lamp and reflectors are on the same plane, but it’s not so in these pics.

The Persona was launched in August 2016, which makes it nearly two and a half years old, ripe for a facelift. Malaysia’s B-segment sedan leader Honda City was facelifted in March 2017, and a new-generation Toyota Vios will surface very soon, having been officially previewed at KLIMS 2018.

Will the facelifted Persona and Iriz persist with today’s 1.6L CVT combo, or will there powertrain updates? Like what you see?

GALLERY: Proton Persona