PROTON SUPRIMA FOR AUSTRALIA
Malaysian carmaker Proton has confirmed its new Suprima S hatch will make an Australian debut in the coming months, joining the hotly contested small-car segment.
The Prevé recently benefited from a price cut to $15,990 drive-away, but Proton's local arm has yet to confirm pricing plans for the Suprima.
The hatch could debut with a higher price however, thanks to a higher level of standard features and a more powerful turbocharged petrol engine.
Power in the Suprima is provided by a 1.6 litre turbo engine that delivers 103kW and 205Nm, although a seven-speed CVT automatic is the only transmission on offer.
This same setup will also feature in a new top-shelf Prevé model due here next month.
The Suprima also wears a 'Handling by Lotus' badge on the tailgate, highlighting the British sports marque's involvement in Proton's new model development.
Standard features in the Suprima include a seven-inch touch display with an infotainment system powered by a customised version of Google's Android mobile platform.
There's also daytime running lights and LED lights at the rear, while the Premium grade adds leather seats, paddle shifters, cruise control and a push start button.
Safety equipment across the Suprima range includes six airbags, ABS brakes, electronic stability control and traction control, and anti-trap power windows.
The Premium models adds Park Assist with rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
The Suprima S will also offer a "5 Star Program", which includes a five-year program for warranty, roadside assistance and capped-price servicing.
The Suprima also benefits from a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, confirmed recently through the hatch's status as a variant of the Prevé sedan.
Specific timing and pricing for Australia is still to be announced, although Proton is expected to confirm details early in September.
“We are looking forward to introducing the Proton Suprima S in Australia and are very confident its styling, features and safety will appeal to buyers looking for excellent value in the hotly-contested small car segment," Proton Australia's Billy Falconer said today.
It is expected however that the Suprima will hit Australia in the coming months, likely around November.