Malaysian automaker Proton is getting increasingly ambitious of late. After launching its first global product, the richly equipped Iriz hatchback which is designed to pass the European crash tests, the former state-owned company has now come up with an interesting mid-size pickup truck concept.
The Proton Pickup concept was unveiled at the Alami Proton Carnival 2015 at its Centre of Excellence in Shah Alam. Finished in red, the Proton pickup features an imposing front fascia with a massive silver insert that runs across the width and carries LED headlamps. The black plastic grille and muscular hood bear a subtle resemblance to the iconic Ford F150 Raptor. A sharply designed black plastic bumper rounds off the front fascia design.
A simple side profile is typical of a double-cab pickup and noteworthy visual elements are blacked out B-pillar, plastic cladding for lower body and black alloy wheels that are shod with off-road tyres.
The rear fascia sports a crash guard, a bumper with integrated foot board, vertically oriented LED taillight cluster ensconced in a plastic housing and a tailgate which carries a massive plastic insert with “Proton” inscription. Interiors are blackened out.
Unlike a traditional pickup truck which employs a ladder frame chassis, the Proton pickup concept is based on the brand’s P2 monocoque platform which also caters to the Exora MPV, Preve and Suprima S.
Proton has not announced any production plans for the pickup truck concept but considering that pickups do command a sizable market share in the peninsula, it’s not a bad idea to greenlight the product, especially since it’s based on a current platform.
There are rumors that Proton is studying the Indian market for its Iriz hatchback.
Via – Carlist.my