Launch in 2016 confirmed by Proton chairman.
Proton is currently working on a sedan version of the Proton Iriz hatchback, which is speculated by Paul Tan to be the next generation Proton Persona. Based on spyshots, the website has posted a trio of renderings of the Iriz sedan.
The exterior features longer headlights joined together by a broader chrome bar, redesigned fog light housings that feature round foglamps, unlike the triangular units in the Iriz hatchback. The rear-end gets a hockey stick c-pillar design, and vertical triangular taillamps connected by a chrome bar. In the rendering, the rear looks to be extended for a bigger boot.
The Iriz sedan is likely to offer an engine and transmission lineup from the Iriz hatchback, which include 1.3 litre and 1.6 litre VVT four-cylinder mills mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT. The smaller engine delivers 93.8 bhp and 120 Nm of torque while the bigger unit makes 107.2 bhp and 150 Nm of torque.
Proton will have a new range of sedans by the end of 2016, which will include the 2016 Proton Persona, 2016 Proton Preve, 2016 Proton Saga and the thoroughly facelifted Proton Perdana.
2016 Proton Persona (Proton Iriz-based sedan) - Image Gallery