Geely’s Proton brand has unveiled its second productFebruary 2, 2019
The Malaysian brand has declassified the modernized compact hatchback Iriz. The model has changed the design of the exterior, but the engines are the same.
In 2017, Proton, the largest automaker in Malaysia, came under the control of the Chinese holding Geely. The Proton X70 crossover became the first model that entered the local market after the brand was bought by the Chinese. It debuted at the end of 2018. True, this is not an independent development – the SUV is a slightly modified copy of the Geely Boyue. Now the second novelty is presented – restyled Iriz hatchback.
However, the Chinese are unlikely to have time to have a hand on the compact, because the hatch 3920 mm long released from 2014, and she experienced the first update in 2017. The current restyling brought Iriz other grille and bumpers, other headlights and LED strip daytime running lights. Instead of an emblem, an inscription with the brand name appeared on the baggage door (like that of the Proton X70 cross); on the roof, instead of the usual antenna, there is now a fin. A new multimedia system with voice control was installed in the cabin, the substrate was changed at the instruments, the gear lever was also replaced.
On the changes in the motor scale in Proton, while silent. Most likely, the engines of the hatch are the same: the pre-reform compact Iriz is equipped with four-cylinder petrol engine 1.3 (94 hp) and 1.6 (107 hp). The first motor is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT, the second is combined only with CVT.
A full-fledged presentation of the restyled Proton Iriz will be held soon, and the price list will be announced at the premiere.
Meanwhile, the current update may be the last for Iriz: it is possible that in the future Proton will completely switch to the production of turned Geely machines, and actual models of the Malaysian brand will be removed from production.
By the way, along with Proton, the Chinese have also acquired the British Lotus (owned by Proton since 1996). New Lotus should appear after 2020, they want to start their release in the China.
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