We finally have more information about the 2019 Proton Iriz following an exclusive media preview held today, including the revisions made and full list of variants that you’ll be able to buy when the model is finally launched.

UPDATE: Pre-orders for the Proton Iriz have begun at a promotional fee of just RM9.99 available from March 1-11, 2019.

Starting with the former, the new design is what we’ve already been shown in official photos previously released by the national carmaker. With clear inspiration from the X70, the Iriz’s face carries the ‘ethereal bow’ grille that is highlighted in chrome, which leads into the top of the headlamps and “cups” the Proton logo in the centre.

Look a little closer at the base of the bow and you’ll spot the ‘infinite weave’ pattern that is prominent on the X70. There’s also a new bumper here, with slim LED DRLs nestled within the corner faux intakes.

Along the sides, the Iriz retains its familiar silhouette, with the addition of 15-inch ‘rotor blade’ two-tone alloy wheels on specific variants (more on that later), and a shark fin antenna.

Much like the front, the rear takes a page out of the X70 as well, with the Proton script in chrome applied on top of a black base on the tailgate (a new model logo, stylised as iRiZ is also present). A new bumper with a squared off middle section houses the number plate, reflector/rear fog lamp and fake outlets.

Inside, the upper (including the headliner) and lower portions of the cabin have been darkened for uniformity, while a more youthful pattern is applied on the fabric seats. The driver’s interface also gets an update, with a new seven-inch head unit that offers a range of connected services that are similar to the X70 (“Hi Proton” voice commands for navigation, music, weather, etc. but without the capability to work the windows/sunroof and air-con).

Elsewhere, there’s a full-colour multi-info display in the instrument cluster, along with a new look for the analogue gauges (bigger and more legible now). The steering wheel is as before, with the addition of a perforated leather wrap and a voice control button for the head unit, while the Premium CVT variant gets a new X70-like gear lever and a frameless rear view mirror.

In terms of powertrains, they are carried over from before, albeit recalibrated for better fuel economy. The first of two engines is a 1.3 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder VVT engine (94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm), while the larger-displacement option is a 1.6 litre unit (107 hp at 5,750 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm). A five-speed manual and CVT are the available transmission options.

Proton also claims that it has made changes under the skin to improve braking performance and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. We finally come to the meat and potatoes portion of this article, the available variants for the new Iriz, of which there will be five – Standard 1.3L MT, Standard 1.3L CVT, Executive 1.3L CVT, Executive 1.6L CVT and Premium 1.6L CVT. Standard equipment on each variant is as follows:

Standard 1.3L MT
Comes standard with:

  • 1.3 litre VVT engine (94 hp and 120 Nm) with ECO Drive Assist
  • Halogen headlamps
  • LED rear combination taillights
  • 14-inch alloy wheels with 175/65 profile tyres
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Standard head unit with two speakers and Bluetooth
  • Two rear USB charging ports
  • Single-zone manual air-conditioning
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Fabric seats
  • LCD segmented multi-info instrument cluster display
  • Two front and two rear parking sensors
  • ABS, EBD, brake assist, ESC, traction control
  • Hill Hold Assist
  • Two airbags
  • Rear corner Isofix child seat anchors with top tethers
  • Five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating

Standard 1.3L CVT
Adds on:

  • Tailgate spoiler
  • Executive 1.3L CVT
    Adds on:

    • Automatic headlamps with follow me home function
    • LED daytime running lights
    • 15-inch ‘rotor blade’ two-tone alloy wheels with 185/55 profile tyres
    • Keyless entry and start with remote trunk release
    • Seven-inch touch screen head unit with four speakers, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity
    • TFT-LCD full-colour multi-info instrument cluster display
    • Rearview camera

    Executive 1.6L CVT
    Adds on:

    • 1.6 litre VVT engine (107 hp and 150 Nm) with ECO Drive Assist
    • Auto-folding powered side mirrors

    Premium 1.6L CVT
    Adds on:

    • Black painted roof
    • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
    • Semi-leather seats
    • Frameless rearview mirror
    • Online navigation, online music streaming, on-board 4G and Wi-Fi hotspot, voice command functionality for the head unit
    • Six airbags

    Available colour options include Snow White, Jet Grey, Armour Silver, Ocean Blue and Ruby Red, with the first four being new additions. Proton has more good news to share because you’ll be able to place a booking for the Iriz at just RM9.99 as part of an online flash booking promotion, which will run from March 1 to March 11, 2019. Those who do so before the model’s official launch date will even get free road tax for two years!

    No official pricing yet as this is still a preview but if you had to guess, how much do you think it will be? Also, share your thoughts on the new Iriz in the comments below.

    2019 Proton Iriz Premium 1.6L CVT

    2019 Proton Iriz Executive 1.6L CVT