The latest generation refined Proton Iriz, which was displayed at the DRB-Hicom Autofest on May 19 is now available at Proton showrooms nationwide.
Proton chief executive officer Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said many asked if the Iriz could receive similar treatment as the new Persona which was launched last August with improved Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) and better fuel efficiency, as both models are based on the same platform as the Iriz.
“We responded positively and was working on improving the Iriz since and today, we have delivered on our promise.
“The refinements made to the Iriz include improved Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH), we have also added the Eco-Drive Assist Indicator as well as refinement in the ECU calibration that provides linear response for improved driveability,” he said.
The 1.3L Executive variant receives an upgrade in the form of push-start button which was previously only fitted in the 1.6L variant.
The 1.6L Premium variant also received two-tone exterior colours with black roof, spoiler and side mirrors, and the interior has also been further improved with red stitching to the leather wrap steering and seats.
All variants are rated five stars in Asean NCAP, equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control system, brake assist, anti-lock braking system (ABS), hill-hold assist, Isofix and top tether, as well as six airbags for the Premium variant to ensure optimal protection for both the driver and passengers.
It comes in four variants – the 1.3L Standard (MT & CVT), 1.3L Executive CVT and 1.6L Premium CVT, priced from RM43,800 to RM58,800, and available in two new colours, Ruby Red and Carnelian Brown, in addition to the existing colours, Graphite Grey, Atlantic Blue and Cotton White.
The Iriz is Proton’s second-best selling car after the Saga, with over 45,000 units sold since its inception in September 2014.
We had the opportunity to test out the refined Iriz for ourselves on Proton’s test track, and we felt a significant improvement compared to the previous generation.
It was much quieter in the cabin and the ride felt smoother, especially in the manual variant, and the interior design has also been significantly improved, making it look more stylish and classy for its price bracket.
The seats are comfortable, with the leather seats more notably so, although we feel legroom to be slightly lacking in the back.
We didn’t get that much time with the car but our overall impression is that it’s value for money, shows much improvement from the previous generation in several aspects both design-wise and in terms of driving experience, and could be Proton’s chance at gaining a bigger share of the pie.