2016 Proton Perdana Archive

  • DRIVEN: Proton Perdana – an old friend with new style

    Proton Perdana Test Drive 25

    Everyone has an opinion on the new Proton Perdana. While that’s only to be expected for any fresh model from the national carmaker, it’s more so for one that costs above RM100,000 and is based on an old Honda Accord, with out-of-the-box styling to boot.

    Last month, we covered the launch from all angles, and delivered a first impressions report from a preview drive conducted at Proton’s test track. But not all of us drove the car, and like many of you, this writer had preconceptions of Proton’s new flagship from the armchair, although nothing was expressed via the keyboard.

    Nothing like driving a car out of town to find out where in stands in the segment, and if there are hidden charms that may not be apparent in the showroom. To find out, we drove the new Perdana to Melaka and back over two days.

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  • VIDEO: 2016 Proton Perdana – quick walk-around tour

    By now, you would have read our launch report as well as first impressions test drive review of the new 2016 Proton Perdana which was launched this morning.

    You would have also been able to research detailed specs and equipment as well as compare the new Perdana against other D-segment competitors using our car research tool CarBase.my.

    Now we bring you a quick walk-around tour of the new Perdana where we take a closer look at a striking example of the 2.4 litre variant dressed up in the car’s hero colour – Ruby Red.

    Enjoy the video and let us know what you think of the new car in the comments below.

  • Proton NE01 2.0L turbo to go on the Perdana in 2017


    Proton has reaffirmed that its just-launched Perdana is set to receive a powertrain update in 2017. Though not mentioned specifically, the chosen mill will be the automaker’s new NE01 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

    A sample of the unit was shown alongside the car during the preview drive of the D-segment sedan last month. Output rating for the 1,998 cc is stated as 181 hp (listed as 135 kW in the descriptive literature) at 5,500 rpm and 245 Nm from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. The unit, which tips the scales at 140 kg, is expected to be paired with a new torque converter CVT automatic and will enter service towards the end of 2017.

    The published torque figures look on the low side, but this may be tailored specifically for the CVT application. It has been stated that the NE01 can be tuned for higher power and torque output, depending on market requirements.

    The NE01 is based on engine technologies that were acquired from Petronas back in 2012. The RM63 million acquisition secured seven engine technologies and 117 technology patents as well as ownership of a family of normally-aspirated engines and turbocharged 2.0 litre engines.

    Up to then, the only Petronas-developed engine that was revealed was the normally-aspirated E01e inline-four, 16-valve DOHC engine with variable valve timing, configurable in three displacements (1.8, 2.0 and 2.2 litres).

    The original design target for the E01e was 200 PS and 200 Nm of output as well as a 120 kg weight, though final figures when the unit was delivered surpassed the target. Commercially, the engine never made its way into series production Protons, despite an intention to do so.

    Proton says it will begin exporting the Perdana in 2018 once the NE01 goes on to the car. “The powertrain change is expected at the end of 2017. So, by that time, we’ll put in a new engine for the Perdana and with that engine, Honda will allow us to export the the Perdana overseas,” Proton CEO Ahmad Fuaad Kenali told reporters at the car’s launch earlier today.

    In its present form, two engine choices are available for the Perdana, which is based on the eighth-gen Honda Accord. Both are Honda-supplied units, a R20A3 2.0 litre SOHC with 154 hp at 6,300 rpm and 189 Nm at 4,300 rpm and a K24Z2 2.4 twin-cam i-VTEC, which puts out 178 hp at 6,500 rpm and 222 Nm at 4,300 rpm. Both are paired with a five-speed torque converter auto.

  • DRIVEN: 2016 Proton Perdana – first impressions


    The long-awaited 2016 Proton Perdana was officially launched today, and as a follow-up to the launch story from this morning, which covered the technical aspects of the car in detail, here’s a first impressions report on the second phase development of the new D-segment sedan.

    Last month, the automaker assembled a number of motoring journalists for a short evaluation session with the P4-90B on the semi-high speed test track at its Shah Alam facility, where it is assembled.

    There, we were given the opportunity to get up close briefly with the new car, which in its current iteration wears a new Proton-styled exterior but is still fully underpinned by the eighth-generation Honda Accord, as was the case when the initial second-gen appeared in December 2013.

    Read our full first drive impressions of the 2016 Proton Perdana after the jump.

  • New Proton Perdana officially launched – 2.0L and 2.4L Honda engines, Accord-based sedan from RM113,888

    Perdana Launch Main

    Probably the worst kept secret in the car world, the new Proton Perdana has been finally launched. Fittingly, the fourth-generation Perdana (as Proton calls it) was officially revealed by Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Putrajaya this morning.

    The long wait is noted. “We are truly blessed that we have a large following and strong interest in the new Perdana long before the launch and we appreciate all the feedback we received. We know that Malaysians want us to do better and we cannot disappoint them. We took our time to ensure that the new Perdana is ready for the launch,” said Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, CEO of Proton.

    The 2016 Perdana is based on the previous-generation Honda Accord, like the current Perdanas used by government officials. This one however, can be purchased by all Malaysians who have RM113,888, which will buy one the 2.0L Perdana. The 2.4L range topper is priced at RM138,888, both prices on-the-road including insurance.


    Also different from the “government Accord” is the styling, which is obviously unique to the Proton. Measuring 5,020 mm long, 1,845 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,800 mm, the Perdana is a lot longer that the 4,849 mm Accord, which was already quite a big car.

    For some context, the current-gen Accord is 4,870 mm long, while the Toyota Camry is 4,850 mm long. The Mazda 6, which is visually the largest among current Japanese D-segment sedans, is 4,865 mm long.

    Should the Perdana’s sheer size not stand out enough, there’s that rear end. The sloping roof and fastback profile culminates in a tall behind that’s very busy, to say the least. Plenty of elements competing for attention here, but the two main teams are the lamp and chrome garnish combo (which is similar in style to the Vauxhall/Opel Insignia), and the diffuser panel, which is largely in body colour. Yes, even the exhaust tips (they’re not real) are in body colour. Possibly a world’s first.

    Proton_Perdana_24_Red_Ext_25The 2.4L comes with a bodykit and spoiler, two-tone rims and HID headlamps; exhaust tips non-functional

    The red car you see here is the 2.4L, which comes standard with a bodykit and boot spoiler, HID headlamps and dual-tone 17-inch wheels. The latter, wrapped with 225/50 tyres, are in a single-tone for the 2.0L, which is the grey car here. The smaller-engined car comes with halogen projector headlamps, but LED daytime running lights are standard. Spec scanners might notice the 2.0L’s shorter overall length of 4,999 mm – the 21 mm difference is from the 2.4L’s bodykit.

    The new Perdana will retain the i-VTEC engines and gearbox from the Honda it’s based on, which means the familiar R20 2.0 litre SOHC engine with 154 hp at 6,300 rpm and 189 Nm at 4,300 rpm; and the K24 2.4 litre DOHC unit with 178 hp at 6,500 rpm and 222 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. Both are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, with steering paddle shifters for the 2.4L.

    The “bones” of the Perdana are unchanged from the previous-gen Accord. Hydraulic power steering (before EPS became default), all round disc brakes (fronts are ventilated), front double-wishbone suspension and rear multi-links are under the skin.

    The 2.4L comes with a beige interior; ESC, GPS, full leather seats and paddle shifters are exclusive to it

    We come to equipment. Standard kit include part leather seats (leather on the door cards and steering), steering buttons for audio and cruise control, auto headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone auto air con, rear AC vents, eight-way powered driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and the Proton Infotainment System.

    The latter is a 6.2-inch touchscreen system with reverse camera, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity, with jacks in the centre console. It’s connected to six speakers. The screen is located below the AC vents and controls, and is not the dash top item that was the only screen in the donor Accord. That top screen is retained – it shows a clock on the 2.0L and touchscreen navigation on the 2.4L.

    Other items exclusive to the 2.4L are full leather seats, four-way powered front passenger seat, a subwoofer and the already mentioned paddle shifters and navigation. On the safety front, the Perdana comes with four airbags (dual front and side), ABS, EBD and Isofix child seat mounts, but electronic stability control (ESC) is only for the 2.4L.

    If you’re attracted to the rev-loving K24 engine or the top line car’s longer list of kit, you will have to like/accept the mandatory beige theme for the spacious cabin, with wood trim. The 2.0L’s interior is all black with metallic trim. Speaking of colours, six exterior hues are available, and they are Ruby Red, Graphite Grey, Sterling Silver, Cotton White, Midnight Black and Citrine Gold.

    Once again, the new Perdana starts from RM113,888 for the 2.0L and goes to RM138,888 for the 2.4L, OTR including insurance. Proton’s factory warranty for this Shah Alam-assembled Perdana (government Perdana was manufactured by Honda in Melaka) is five years or 150,000 km (whichever comes first).

    Since the sedan’s order books opened in February, Proton has collected 900 orders for the Perdana. The carmaker is targeting sales of 3,000 units this year. So, what do you think of the “fourth-generation Perdana”? Check out and compare detailed specifications of the Proton Perdana 2.0L and 2.4L on CarBase.my.

    GALLERY: Proton Perdana 2.4

    GALLERY: Proton Perdana 2.0

  • 2016 Proton Perdana – watch the launch live here!

    It’s almost time. The 2016 Proton Perdana will be launched very soon, and we at paultan.org is bringing you an exclusive livestream of the event, so you can watch the event as it happens at the convenience of your home or office.

    Proton’s flagship model is finally making a comeback, so remember to tune in at 8.45am. For everything we already know of the 2016 Proton Perdana, check out our dedicated info hub of the upcoming model.

  • 2016 Proton Perdana – watch the launch live tomorrow from 8:45am onwards, exclusively on paultan.org

    After plenty of hype, the wait will soon be over – Proton will be launching the long-awaited 2016 Proton Perdana tomorrow. We’ve provided extensive coverage on the national carmaker’s flagship D-segment sedan, from its first taped-up sighting with then-chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to a slew of spyshots from our readers, to a sighting of the car in a movie, to not one, not two, but three official previews of the car.

    What do we know about this car? Well, much like its government service sibling, the civilian-market Perdana is based on the previous eighth-generation Honda Accord, but with most of the bodywork remoulded (and significantly lengthened to five metres long) to form its own look. There’s also a few revisions done to the interior, including revised colour schemes and a new infotainment system with two colour screens.

    Built at Proton’s Medium Volume Factory in Shah Alam, instead of Honda Malaysia’s Melaka plant that churns out the current government-issue model, the Perdana will retain the Accord’s two engine options – 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 178 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC engines – both mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

    Our usual comprehensive launch report – complete with all the details and a full live gallery – will be present and accounted after the car is launched, but if you like, you can watch it being unveiled before your eyes, before anyone else, right from this website!

    That’s right – as with the launch of the Iriz in 2014 and the Suprima S the year before, paultan.org is proud to bring you exclusive live streaming coverage of the 2016 Proton Perdana launch event, happening tomorrow from 8:45am onwards.

    Be the first to see the new car inside and out and learn of all the details, specifications and equipment count for all variants from the comfort of your own computer, smartphone or tablet. As long as your browser supports YouTube streaming, you’ll be able to watch it anywhere. So see you tomorrow morning!

  • 2016 Proton Perdana spotted arriving at dealership

    2016 Proton Perdana undisguised 1

    Here it is, everyone, the 2016 Proton Perdana as it arrives at a dealership in Malaysia. Spotted by paultan.org reader Lim Tsu Shyang, the variant seen here is the top-of-the-line 2.4 litre model

    As you can see, the new Perdana’s exterior design is a far cry from previous-gen Honda Accord, which it is based on. Up front, there are xenon projector headlights with LED daytime running lights that extend into the chromed two-bar grille (featuring the new Proton logo). The lower apron hosts another chrome trim element and a large lip.

    Along the sides, there are large wheels that are of a new design, not seen on any current Proton model. As we’ve previously seen, the Perdana also gets redesigned rear doors, which now sport a kink at the C-pillar. If the car looks relatively long, that’s because it measures over five meters long, besting the Accord, Toyota Camry and even the Mazda 6.

    The rear meanwhile, looks to be unchanged from the car shown at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) last month. C-shaped tail lamps linked by a boot-length chrome trim piece, dual exhaust tips, and chrome surrounds on the reflector and rear fog lamp are just some of the highlights here.

    Longest D segment car to be launched soon

    Posted by Lim Tsu Shyang on Sunday, 5 June 2016

    A shot of the cabin reveals an Accord-like look to things, although there are a few changes. Firstly, the infotainment system is now a touchscreen unit, while the supporting screen above it is now a full colour screen that also serves as a display for the navigation function. The interior seen here appears to carry a beige theme (black is also an option), with generous amounts of leather applied to various areas, including the seats.

    As this is the 2.4L variant, under the hood, you’ll find a K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine (177 hp/222 Nm) paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. The mill is expected to be replaced by a new NE01 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (acquired from Petronas in 2012) by the end of 2017, with a CVT replacing the slush box.

    What do you think of the new 2016 Proton Perdana? It shouldn’t be too long until the D-segment car makes its official launch debut here. Are you among those that have already made a booking and if you haven’t, will you be heading out to showrooms to do so?

    GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana previewed at MIECC

  • 2016 Proton Perdana teased again ahead of launch


    The long-awaited 2016 Proton Perdana has been teased for a second time ahead of its launch – the unveiling should be happening soon, given that bookings are already open. The national carmaker has revealed just the front and rear corners of the car, but we can already see a number of changes from when we last saw the car at the media preview earlier in the year.

    This is the first public outing of the production Perdana, and the first time it has appeared on this site undisguised. We are aware that leaked photos have circulated on the Internet, showing the entire car uncovered, but those were shot inside Proton’s own compound. We make it a point not to publish pictures that were leaked internally, as that would not be legal, strictly speaking.

    Its appearance here at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) is also the first time the public will be able to see several key design details of the flagship D-segment sedan, including as the xenon projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, as well as the L-shaped full-LED tail lights and tall rear spoiler on this 2.4 litre model.

    Also visible here are the front splitter and rear diffuser, but these are now in full body colour, as opposed to the contrasting grey – like the Iriz 1.6 and Saga FLX SE – that was displayed on a pre-production model at the Alami Proton open day last year. This means that the fake integrated exhaust tips in the rear bumper are also painted in the same colour as the body – an odd choice indeed.

    The new Perdana will retain the engines and gearbox from the car it’s based on, the previous-generation Honda Accord. These include the 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC engines, both mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.


    Measuring a massive 5,020 mm long, 1,845 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,800 mm, the Perdana is a lot longer that the 4,849 mm Accord, which was already quite a big car. To compare, the current Honda Accord is 4,870 mm long while the Toyota Camry is 4,850 mm long. The Mazda 6, which is visually the largest among Japanese D-segment sedans, is 4,865 mm long.

    The list of kit that will be offered on the range topping 2.4L includes front and rear sensors, a touchscreen head unit with navigation (two colour screens in the Proton vs single monochrome screen in the Honda), dual-zone auto air-conditioning with rear vents and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

  • SPYSHOTS: 2016 Proton Saga, Persona and Perdana


    2016 Proton Saga

    Our readers have been sending in spyshots of the upcoming 2016 Proton Saga, Persona and Perdana, but now it’s our turn to capture two of the three sedans – the Saga and Perdana – while readers Ong Bahk and Hanafi have also contributed with their own images of the trio.

    Let’s start with the Saga. Our latest photos give us a closer look at the updated front fascia of the heavily-revamped budget sedan. The reshaped headlights, sleeker bumper design and downturned air intakes make for a cleaner, more sophisticated look.

    The rest of the prototype is mostly familiar to us now – there’s a new C-pillar kink, Iriz-style door handles, a side character line that slopes further downwards and a completely revised rear end that is more elegant than the outgoing car, featuring trapezoidal three-dimensional tail lights.


    2016 Proton Saga

    Technical details remain scarce right now, but the Saga could launch with the Iriz’s 1.3 litre VVT engine and a choice of a five-speed manual or a CVT. Proton’s new naturally-aspirated 1.0 litre and 1.2 litre three-cylinder engines may also make an appearance further down the line – these mills are slated to begin production by the end of 2017 – while a turbocharged version of the 1.0 litre engine could also feature.

    Next up, the Persona – here we also get a closer look at the front end, and while it does look fairly reminiscent of the Iriz, we can see the reshaped bonnet and grille, as well as round fog lights instead of triangular units on the hatch. We can also see reflector headlights instead of projector halogens on the Iriz, which is probably indicative of a lower-end positioning in the lineup.

    2016 Proton Persona

    The rear of the car sees a similar C-pillar kink as the Saga, as well as as almond-shaped tail lights and tall bootlid, all seen before. The Iriz’s range of 1.3 litre and 1.6 litre VVT engines are expected to be offered on the Persona at launch, but the car could gain Proton’s new 1.3 litre and 1.6 litre direct-injected (GDI/TGDI) engines after production of the new mills begin by the end of 2017.

    Lastly, we’ll look at the Perdana. Unlike the others, we’ve already seen the D-segment sedan – based on the eighth-generation Honda Accord – in full before, so these spyshots hold little of significance in terms of the design of the car. However, the car has to be unveiled to the public very soon; out of the three cars here, the Perdana is slated to be launched first, and all three are expected to be launched this year.

    2016 Proton Perdana

    At launch, the Perdana will feature the 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC engines and five-speed automatic transmission, derived from the eighth-generation Honda Accord on which it is based. A revision is slated to arrive by the end of 2017, with the Perdana set to receive a new NE01 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, acquired from Petronas in 2012.

    Also being considered is Proton’s new 1.5 litre turbocharged, direct-injected TGDI engine, claimed to be able to produce 180 hp and 250 Nm. Whichever powertrain ends up being slotted in, a new torque converter CVT automatic is expected to become standard fare come end-2017.


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