ADVERTORIAL: Proton Perdana primed for success

By CARSIFU | 11 November 2016

While the new Proton Perdana is based on the eighth generation Honda Accord, the latest Proton flagship sedan is not a simple rebadge job.

Using an upper body which was designed completely by Proton in-house designers, the Perdana certainly has its own original looks, attitude and character.

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The new Perdana gets a sporty fastback design that gives it a dynamic look that also radiates elegance, allowing it to clinch the Best Local Design of the Year at the inaugural CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2016.

Other highlights include stylish headlamps with connecting chrome finish to the Proton “wings” front grille for a more distinctive look, chromed door window surrounds, an aerodynamic shark fin antenna, rear combination lamps with LED lights, and sporty lower diffuser.

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The car’s lower front lip features a sleek and wide air intake which also lends a premium look to the front fascia.

Under a deal with Honda Motor, the Perdana also uses Accord’s powertrain system, safety features and driving technologies.

Size-wise, at 5m in length, the Perdana is just marginally longer than the Accord.

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Available in 2.0- and 2.4-litre variants, the Perdana is priced attractively at RM113,888 and RM138,888 respectively.

Proton offers a five-year or 150,000km (whichever comes first) for the new Perdana.

The 2.0-litre Perdana produces 154hp and 189Nm of torque while the 2.4-litre Perdana pushes out 178hp and 222Nm of torque.

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Both variants get a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Unlike the 2.0-litre Perdana, the 2.4-litre variant gets a chromed lower front lip garnish, and a rear spoiler.

Standard kit on both Perdana variants are projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, dual zone automatic air-conditioning, 8-way powered driver seat, and a reverse camera.

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Also standard are four airbags, anti-lock brake system and electronic brake force distribution, front active head rests, automatic headlamps, front seatbelts with dual pre-tensioner, front and rear parking sensors, ISOFIX points and top tether mount point, and all-round disc brakes, and tyres sized 225/50 with 17-inch wheels.

However, the 2.4-litre Perdana not only has more power, but it also gets extras like ESC (electronic stability control), paddle shifters, audio subwoofer, DVD playback, GPS navigation, 4-way powered front passenger seat, full leather seats, and HID headlamps with auto levelling.