Proton’s all-new light hatch, the 2015 Iriz, has made its official debut in Malaysia this week.
Developed as a replacement for the Savvy, the new Iriz represents a major step in Proton’s push for a bigger slice of the light-car market.
The Iriz is also noteably larger than its predecessor, with its 2555mm wheelbase and 3920mm overall length marking a significant increase over the 2395 and 3710mm Savvy.
Power in the Iriz is provided by a choice of two four-cylinder petrol engines, in the form of a 70kW/120Nm 1.3 litre unit and a larger 80kW/150Nm 1.6 litre option.
Both can be had with either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
Fuel consumption and 0-100km/h figures have only been released for the 1.6 litre engine, listed at between 6.6 to 7.4 l/100km, and 11.1 seconds.
Depending on the model, the Iriz will be offered in Malaysia with 14- and 15-inch alloy wheel options, auto headlights and LED daytime lights, cloth or leather interior trim options, a 6.2 inch display, satellite navigation, Bluetooth/USB connectivity, keyless entry and push-button ignition.
Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control (making an Australian introduction possible), hill-start assist, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
An Australian debut is understood to be under consideration, although we shouldn’t expect to see the Iriz here any sooner than the second or third quarter of 2015.
For now, Proton has confirmed it will focus on the Malaysian market for at least six months before moving to launch the Iriz in other regions.
The UK is expected to be next on the Iriz's launch schedule, with other European markets to follow as left-hand-drive production begins.
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