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The all-new Proton Exora MPV is set to become the cheapest seven-seater in Australia when it goes on sale around the middle of 2013.

Proton Australia told CarAdvice the Exora would be priced below the current price leader in the people-mover segment, the Kia Rondo, which is available from $25,990 before on-road costs for the five-speed manual variant.

The Proton Exora will be offered in two specification levels – GX and GXR – and both will be equipped with a ‘seven-speed’ continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The Exora features the Malaysian manufacturer’s newly developed 1.6-litre turbo petrol powerplant, which generates 103kW of power and 200Nm of torque. Proton claims the engine delivers equivalent levels of power and torque to a larger 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine.

Proton’s first seven-seater will come standard with remote keyless entry, rear parking sensors, electric-folding door mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and 16-inch alloy wheels, while the high-grade GXR adds a rear-view camera and a roof-mounted DVD player.

Safety equipment on board the Exora includes six airbags, front-wheel traction control, electronic stability control and anti-locking brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution.




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