Proton has released the first official images of the Iriz facelift, and the pictures follow on the surprised reveal of the car through a video uploaded to the official Youtube channel of prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad earlier this week.

Set to be launched later this year, the Iriz is the first model in the national carmaker’s current model range to be given a facelift since the collaboration with Geely began. The company says that the exterior restyling is aimed at portraying connectivity with a sporty look.

Fresh bits include new slim headlights that flow through to integrate with the grille garnish, styled along the lines of the ‘ethereal bow’ that made its debut on the X70 SUV. The radiator grille, meanwhile, features the infinite weave pattern, topped by a trademark Proton logo. There’s also a new front bumper, which features a new lower radiator grille design and LED daytime running lights.

At the rear, the Proton Iriz gets the new corporate identity feature, with ‘Proton’ lettering being spelled out on the tailgate garnish in place of the logo used previously. The taillights are also enlarged here to tie in with this new revision. These changes present a wider-looking rear, an impression reinforced by the new rear bumper. Vertical garnish inserts framing a new bumper stripe are also to be found.

The number plate is now positioned further down as well, and the faux F1-style brake light from before has been omitted. Elsewhere, the car gets a shark fin antenna, black-painted roof, new model script, and new rotor blade design alloy wheels to complete the exterior rework.

Inside, the refresh adds on a colour touchscreen infotainment system, developed by Proton and Chinese company eCarX – the same one that built the Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI) unit on the X70. The system offers connectivity options as well as voice command functions. There’s also a new gear knob reminiscent of the one in the X70.

Zooming into the instrument cluster, you’ll also spot new graphics for the analogue gauges, while the centre multi-info display is now a full-colour unit. The company says that more details will come about closer to the car’s official reveal.

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