Proton has finally joined the fraternity of forced induction (turbo) and to mark this momentous occasion they’ve placed one into their spacious 1.6L all-Malaysian Exora MPV and have dubbed their top variant the Proton Exora Prime 1.6 Premium!
Breathing new life into the Exora, literally, Proton seem to have made some significant changes to their S4PH Campro CPS engine block that produces 125bhp at 6,500rpm and 150Nm of torque at 4,500rpm in order to accommodate the turbo unit, earning itself a new name; the Campro Charge Fuel Efficiency (CFE) engine.
The new 1.6L Campro CFE engine now produces an additional 13bhp and 55Nm of torque to settle at 138bhp at 5,000rpm and 205Nm torque from as low as 2,000rpm effectively transforming it’s engine performance into that of a 2.0L Naturally Aspirated engine. The Campro CFE engine is available in the new Exora Bold Premium and the top-of-the-line Exora Prime model that comes equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which is most probably from the VT3 gearbox of Punch Powertrain (published maximum torque tolerance is 215Nm). In any case, having this will definitely keep power delivery smooth all the way till red-line whilst helping you save additional fuel, as the Exora gets a better power-weight ratio from the Campro CFE engine.
“The combination of the Campro CFE engine and CVT transmission not only gives the Exora Bold Premium and Exora Prime greater efficiency and fuel economy. Boosted with the more efficient 1.6L engine, customers will experience powerful performance which is comparable to a 2.0L engine, with much lower fuel consumption. The additional power kicks in to provide more pulling power when accelerating or overtaking. In short, it’s what you can aptly describe as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ engine, which gives you more ‘vroom’ for every litre of petrol used,” said PROTON Holdings Berhad Group Managing Director Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.
The Exora Bold, however, is offered in either an Executive or Standard trim, both powered by the naturally aspirated 1.6L Campro CPS engine, just that the Standard trim only gets a manual transmission instead of being provided a choice of either a manual or automatic transmission.
The Exora Prime’s exterior receives an all-new front and rear bumper design; electric folding door mirrors; rear disc brakes; blacked-out headlamps; smoked rear combi-lights; 16″ gold-finished alloys; a rear garnish finishing; and available in a newly-introduced Absolute Brown colour.
The interior will greet you whilst wrapped in an all-new leather interior that is complimented by a centre panel finished in walnut.
Also new are its gear panel bezel, air-conditioning vent outlets and metallic beige door switch covers and inner door handles.
The Exora Prime is also equipped with a second row Captain Seat, head rest monitors and an audio system incorporating navigation and a reverse camera.
However, the Exora Bold Premium will come installed with sports electric folding door mirrors, rear disc brakes, 16″ alloys, and a new front and rear bumper design.
The interior however, gets a dual-tone combination leather treatment with liquid silver accents located around its gear panel bezel, door switch cover, air-conditioning vent outlets and inner door handles.
The vehicle is also equipped with a reverse camera and rear view mirror with LCD.
“The Exora Bold Premium and Exora Prime offer consumers exclusive and elegant styling combined with Lotus Ride and Handling for excellent grip, stability, response and safety, all, at an affordable price and the best value for money for a vehicle in its class, in line with our brand promise of ‘Committed to be Better’,” said Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin.
The Exora Bold Premium with CVT transmission can be test driven at the nearest PROTON showroom. In conjunction with the launch of the new variants, PROTON is also organising a Proton 4 U Day from 16th – 18th December at all Proton sales outlets nationwide.
Door gifts are being offered to those who test drive the Exora. The Exora Prime however, will not be available for test drive just yet and can only be viewed at these selected outlets: Crystal Showroom, Juru Branch, Plentong Branch and Mutiara Damansara.
– Proton Exora 1.6L Standard MT – RM59,998 (Tentative)
– Proton Exora Bold 1.6 Executive MT – RM70,998 (Tentative)
– Proton Exora Bold 1.6 Executive AT – RM74,998 (Tentative)
– Proton Exora Bold 1.6 Premium CVT – RM79,998 (Tentative)
– Proton Exora Prime 1.6 Premium CVT – RM88,998 (Tentative)
Now all we need to do is wait for Proton to extend the Campro CFE application to other models within its stable. Patience.