Malaysia – Proton Iriz global hatchback launched at INR 7.99 lakhs
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The Iriz comes with two engine options.
The much awaited Proton Iriz, Malaysia’s first ever global automobile, has been launched at a starting price of RM 42,438 (around INR 7.99 lakhs).
The compact car which was developed grounds up by Proton will be sold in several international markets in the coming months. In the domestic market, the Iriz will take on the best selling Perodua Myvi while in the international markets, competition would come from the likes of VW Up!, Hyundai i10 (Grand i10 in India), Honda Brio, Chevrolet Spark (Beat in India), etc.
The Iriz is available with a set of two VVT petrol engines displacing 1.3- and 1.6-litre. The smaller powerplant is capable of 93.8 bhp (70 KW) and 120 Nm of torque while the bigger unit produces 107.2 bhp (80 KW) and 150 Nm of torque. Both the motors can be specified either with a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
The 1.3-litre engine propels the hatchback from 0-100 km/h in 12.2 seconds when mated to the MT and in 13.1 seconds when mated to the CVT. The top speed stands at 165 km/h. The 1.6-litre mill, irrespective of the transmission, takes 11.1 seconds to reach 100 km/h from rest before attaining a maximum speed of 175 km/h.
Given its global aspirations, the Proton Iriz comes packed with several standard safety and comfort features to make a strong case for itself.
Competitors: VW Up!, Hyundai i10, Honda Brio, Chevrolet Beat
Proton Iriz – Image Gallery
Proton Iriz – Brochure
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