PROTON EXORA AUSTRALIA
Proton's Exora people-mover has made its way to the Australian market, making its official media debut in Sydney this week.
Shown at last year's Sydney Motor Show, the Exora joins the the local Proton range as Australia's most affordable seven-seat offering.
The Exora is available in two trim grades, with drive-away pricing on both: the $25,990 GX at the entry end, with the up-spec $27,990 GXR on the top shelf.
Both models are powered by a turbocharged 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 103kW at 5000rpm and 205Nm of torque between 2000 and 4000rpm.
Mated exclusively to a CVT automatic transmission with six programmed 'gears', the small turbo four promises fuel consumption figures of 8.2 l/100km on the combined cycle.
Suspension with the Exora is by MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam arrangement at the rear. Brakes include ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear.
The Exora measures 1809mm wide and 1691mm tall. Overall length is 4592mm, riding on a 2730mm wheelbase.
Features across the Exora range include air-conditioning for all three rows, roof-mounted DVD player, Radio CD/MP3 player with Bluetooth, steering wheel operated audio and phone controls, alloy wheels, map lights, rear fog light and a USB port playable through the DVD and Radio.
Both models roll on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the GXR also boasts daytime running lights, chrome exterior highlights and a rear spoiler.
The seven-seating layout offers a split 60/40 folding second row, and a 50/50 split fold for the third row.
Standard safety features with both models include dual front airbags, dual side airbags (front row), drive and passenger seat belt pre-tensioners, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS brakes, speed sensing door locks, and reversing sensors. In the GXR, there's also a reversing camera.
The Exora carries a 4-Star ANCAP safety rating, missing out on the top 5-Star score as a result of its performance in the off-set frontal impact test, which saw a high chance of injury to the driver’s legs.
Side impact test results were described as good, although the Exora fared poorly in the pedestrian impact test.
“It is encouraging to see better performance by Proton particularly in relation to the Suprima result, but clearly more work needs to be done on the Exora to improve safety,” ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said in September.
“The lack of rear curtain airbags is also of concern for a people mover which will inevitably be marketed to families.”
Proton offers a 5-year/150,000km warranty for the Exora, along with 5-years/75,000km of free servicing and 5-years/150,000km roadside assist.
- Exora GX - $25,990
- Exora GXR - $27,990