Now though, the Proton Suprima S has been moved upmarket and is aimed at the mid-sized hatchbacks the Golf, Focus, 308 and the like. The new Proton hasn’t just changed its gun sights in class and price, it’s also trying to be a bit more sporty. With Lotus Handling, Proton gives drivers the confidence and comfort to deal with all road and weather conditions.
The front stays much of the same, with little changed from the Preve. But hey, that has always been a handsome looking car, strutting a defiantly chiseled look. So, a minor product differentiation update was all the Suprima S needed. At least to look good. The new lower air intake covers look very cool. The simpler horizontal slats design may open up the intake more to increase the radiator’s efficiency by a stonking 14%, but it does make the innards of the car more visible. Too visible, by our view. The new LED daytime driving lights strips look awesome.The Suprima S is framed by a glossy black honeycomb grille and brilliant chrome finish.The honeycomb grille together with blacked out lower air intake creates a strong but friendly face.
The light play around the protruding, complex rear panel clearly shows that a lot of work has been put here. It’s an intricate design that calls upon a fair bit of interplay between seemingly stray lines and surfaces.The Suprima S appears taut and low from behind, with no way of telling that it’s ever based on a sedan. The whole design looks purposeful, like this is exactly the way it was meant to be in the first place. There’s no awkwardness present in the way the rear end dips downwards to create a clean hatchback look, and this is despite the Preve and Suprima S sharing identical rear door panels – check them; they’re the same exact doors. it’s the sedan that appears to be less cohesive in terms of proportions.
Taken from the updated Inspira 2.0P are the new 17-inch wheels, now with titanium-like finish on the inside and matte diamond-cut surface on the outside. They do well to add some visual sophistication to the car, which is good, as Proton isn’t known to necessarily make the best decisions with wheels.Taken from the updated Inspira 2.0P are the new 17-inch wheels, now with titanium-like finish on the inside and matte diamond-cut surface on the outside. They do well to add some visual sophistication to the car, which is good, as Proton isn’t known to necessarily make the best decisions with wheels.
Inside, the new trim panels and on-dash multimedia system are the main changes. The Preve CFE’s dark wood trim has been replaced with silver panels with fine cubic print, and the additions of leather upholstery and gloss black trim on the steering wheel, paddle shifter and gear knob complete the visual overhaul. The rest of the dashboard is still grey and hard in most places, as per the Preve’s. The new Android-based seven-inch touchscreen system is designed by German car audio specialist Blaupunkt, and has a long list of features including GPS satellite navigation (by Lokatoo; identical to the one found in the Perodua Myvi), audio and video playback (USB, SD card or Aux input), plus Wi-Fi (a YES 4G dongle comes with the car) and Bluetooth connectivity. It uses a resist touchscreen rather than the newer and more commonly-used captive unit – a decision made to aid usability and tactility. It requires you to press on the screen to register an input, compared to a captive display’s touch-sensitive screen. Proton claims that it offers better tactile feedback, and it can be used with gloves on too.
Engine : Turbocharged 1.6L Engine
The turbocharged 1.6 litre CamPro engine delivers 138 hp and 205 Nm of torque spread over a wide power band. The turbocharger gives the Suprima S the reserve performance of a 2.0 litre engine with a 1.6 litre fuel economy. Race car-inspired technology that lets you drive the way you want. The ProTronic system allows for swifter, smoother gear changes - *Available only in Premium variants only.
Everything from the ultra high tensile steel parts to the agile chassis and the various safety systems are integrated to create a car that scored a 5-star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP crash safety rating) which surprisingly same as the new Honda Accord, Jaguar XF, MINI Countryman and Range Rover Evoque.. On a more positive note, the Suprima S does offer a suite of six SRS airbags as standard, on top of ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and TCS (Traction Control).
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