The 2016 Proton Perdana which targets the private car buyers in Malaysia (there is also a version which is made exclusively for the Malaysian government officials) has been launched at 113,888 ringgits (around INR 18.72 lakhs) for the 2.0L variant and 138,888 ringgits (around INR 22.83 lakhs) for the 2.4L variant.
Like the government Perdana, the new version is also based on the previous generation Honda Accord.
The Malaysian sedan is significantly longer than the old Honda Accord.
However, Proton’s designers have been given enough freedom to give the flagship car an individual appeal. The result is a D-segment sedan which is much larger than the donor car. The 2016 Perdana measures 5,020 mm long, 1,845 mm wide, 1,475 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2800 mm. In comparison, the previous generation Accord measures 4,849 mm in length.
The car’s exterior design has no obvious visual connection to the old Honda Accord. The low-slung front fascia features sophisticated headlamp clusters, a neat single slat grille and a sharp chin. The silhouette sports a swooping roofline, long overhangs, and a fastback-like rear profile.
The rear fascia is composed of wraparound taillights, a prominent chrome strip and a body colored diffuser with pseudo exhaust tips. The car comes shod with 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior design has been derived from the donor model.
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The 2016 Proton Perdana’s powertrain lineup has been borrowed from the Accord. The base 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 154 PS and 189 Nm of torque while the range-topping 2.4-litre unit is capable of 178 PS and 222 Nm of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission with paddles is standard. Both variants come packed with safety, entertainment and comfort features.