The Proton Prevé has landed in Chile, offering three variants – standard, executive and premium, launched by Andes Motor, a subsidiary of the Kaufmann Group together with Proton Holdings Bhd.
The standard and the executive variants both come with 107 HP, 150 Nm and a 5-speed manual gearbox, whereas the premium variant offers the turbocharged version of a 138 HP, 205 Nm and a 7-speed CVT transmission Protronics mode with performance from 0-100 kilometres in less than 10 seconds.
“With Andes Motor, Chile’s leading distributor of buses, trucks and luxury cars, coupled with its vast dealer network providing sales and after sales services as our partner, we are optimistic that our re-entry into the Chilean market will be successful,” said Proton CEO Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali.
This marks the return of Proton into the Chilean market since its last export to the country in 1998, and would enable the company to tap into huge market potential, as well as pave the way for Andes Motor to enter the passenger car market.
In the near future, the Proton Exora and Proton Saga are both also expected to arrive on Chilean shores.
The Proton Prevé has been awarded a five-star rating in the Australasia New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the Asean NCAP as well, with features such as enhanced security structure, active head restraints, collapsible engine, electronic stability control (ESC) and the airbags system that provide optimum protection to the occupants.
It is also equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist and steering systems, and traction control.
The Proton Prevé offers a manufacturer warranty of 5 years or 150,000 kilometers (whichever comes first).