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by Tim Beissmann

UPDATE: 2012 Proton Preve: small flagship sedan debuts

Proton’s new flagship sedan will be called the Proton Preve when it is unveiled in Malaysia next month.

Although still unofficial at this stage, the ‘Prevé’ name has appeared in leaked Proton marketing material together with the first clear image of the production car.

The Prevé will replace the Persona in Proton Australia’s line-up in September, although it promises to be larger and significantly better equipped, according to a leaked specification sheet posted on TriStupe blog.

At 4543mm long, 1786mm wide, 1524mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2650mm, the Prevé has similar external dimensions to the Mazda3 sedan, and a 508-litre boot will give it one of the largest cargo capacities in its class.

The top-spec Prevé GXR will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 103kW of power (at 5000rpm) and 205Nm of torque (2000-4000rpm) – a considerable increase from the outgoing 82kW/148Nm motor in the Persona. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.5 litres per 100km according to the Malaysian specification sheet, while the sprint from 0-100km/h takes 9.6 seconds.

The entry-level Prevé GX will get an 80kW/150Nm naturally aspirated version of the powerplant, which uses 5.8-6.1L/100km and takes 12.0-12.5 seconds to hit triple figures.

The GXR will come standard with a ‘seven-speed’ Protronic paddle-shift CVT transmission, while the GX will get the option of a five-speed manual or a ‘six-speed’ CVT.


Proton Australia has previously confirmed both models will get six airbags, electronic stability control and alloy wheels.

According to the Malaysian specification sheet, the GX will get front fog lamps, USB/iPod/Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel audio controls, while the GXR will add auto headlights and wipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters, climate control, cruise control and push-button start.

Local specification and pricing details will be revealed closer to the launch of the Proton Prevé in September. Expect a starting price below $20,000 for the GX manual.