THE PROTON JUMBUCK, a low-cost half-tonne ute released in 2003, has come to the end of the line.
Built on superseded Mitsubishi technology and powered by the 1.5 litre four-cylinder 4G15 petrol engine - which also powered the Mitsubishi Lancer and Mirage - the little ute is due to be succeeded by an all-new Jumbuck in the future.
John Startari, Proton Cars Australia Managing Director said the next generation Jumbuck will be a leap forward for the model, utilising new technology as it leaves the ageing 1990s Mirage platform.
"The current Jumbuck has been great but it is in the final phase of its life and a new model is well overdue, it has been a great ute but there will be a new generation model to replace it," Mr Startari said.
"Like all Proton models the new Jumbuck will retain a value for money purchase price that will ensure it retains its status as the lowest cost commercial vehicle to own and run in this country."
Details of the new model have not been revealed. It is understood that the next generation Jumbuck will be powered by a small four-cylinder engine, offered with both manual and automatic transmissions.
"Proton is mindful of safety and that is why we are moving to bring a new safer, more modern Jumbuck to market as soon as possible."
New safety features will include multiple SRS airbags - the current model is not offered with airbags - ABS brakes, Lotus-tuned suspension, and crash protection, such as crumple zones and integrated passenger cells.
Proton will continue to sell the Jumbuck over the next few months in run-out sales, before discontinuing the line completely.