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The Proton Suprima S has been unveiled at an event in its home country of Malaysia, revealing a sporty hatch set to arrive locally in November.

Based on the five-door Preve GXR that’s due here in October, the Proton Suprima S is powered by a 103kW/205Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.

Tied to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a ‘seven-speed’ continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Suprima S claims a 0-100km/h best of 9.9 seconds and fuel consumption of 9.1 litres per 100 km according to Malaysian standards.

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Weighing 1375kg in entry-level Executive specification and 1395kg in high-grade Premium trim, the hatch is 4436mm long, 1786mm wide and 1524mm tall – 54mm shorter, 31mm wider and 54mm taller than the current-generation Mazda 3. Its 2650mm-long wheelbase is also stretched 10mm more than the Mazda’s.

Up front the Suprima S shares much in common with the Preve, though gains a new black honeycomb grille, new plastic inserts and new fog light surrounds. LEDs feature in the daytime running lights and angular tail-lights. A tailgate-mounted spoiler joins a ‘Turbo’ badge and 17-inch wheels, with the Executive wearing 16-inch rims.

Completing the exterior look is a ‘Handling by Lotus’ badge – first seen on the Proton Satria GTi in 1999.

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The Suprima S carries over the Preve’s basic interior layout but adds new materials and trims and Proton’s infotainment system comprising a seven-inch LCD screen, DVD player, satellite navigation and Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity. The system also allows for Wi-Fi connectivity from a mobile phone or portable hotspot and links to a four-speaker stereo in the Executive and a six-speaker unit in Premium guise.

Luggage capacity of 309 litres is expandable to 427L, but falls 81L short of the Preve’s 508L boot.

Steering wheel-mounted audio controls and rear parking sensors are standard on the base model, with front sensors, leather upholstery, paddle shifters, cruise control, auto headlights and wipers and a reversing camera included on the Premium.

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Available in Atlantic Blue, Fire Red, Genetic Silver, Tranquillity Black and Solid White, the Proton Suprima S starts at RM76,688 ($25,400).

Proton Australia general manager of sales and marketing Billy Falconer told CarAdvice the brand will release full details of the Suprima S in the coming days but is aiming for pricing to be in the same vicinity as the Preve, which started off at $18,990 driveaway but was recently cut to $15,990 driveaway.

The Suprima S will be part of Proton’s upcoming expansion in Australia, with the hatch due in November, following the arrival of the seven-seat Exora in September and turbocharged Preve GXR in October.

  • zahmad

    A pretty good looking car in this colour I have to say…

    • Optical Illusion

      It looks ugly in other colours???

      • zahmad

        I’ve seen a rd one that makes it look very cheap…

        • Pdude

          I keen to black and blue compare to red.. fair dinkum mates!

  • Jon

    Good looking, but the 1.6L turbocharged engine may just as well not be turbocharged..
    Veloster Turbo, Fiest ST, Pulsar ST-S/SSS are all 1.6L turbocharged engines with outputs in the vicinity and excess of 140kw, 240Nm of torque…

    If price is right, that might be different……

    • Poison_Eagle

      Maybe it has an ultra low CR, boost so it would be free of lag, reliable.

    • 42 = The Answer

      It’s only a low geometry turbo for improved performance

  • slap

    Ugly, slow and thirsty! Three strikes and your out. Woeful….

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  • JD

    the front end looks like a racoon.

    • Zoologist

      So how about the rear end? Looks like a beaver? LOL!!!

  • Obtuse Confused

    I looked sternly at him, whilst I had my right foot planted firmly on the desolate landscape.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Terrible styling; plastic blanks on the A and C-pillars, dopy front end, bland rear, why even bother?

    • Poison Ivy

      For some delusional Malaysians, they worship it as 9th wonder of automotive world. Pity them, due to extortionate local car tax structure, Proton cars there become artificially cheaper while other cars made more expensive. Pathetic!

      That’s why any smart Australians should avoid Proton at all cost!

      • Poison_Eagle

        How they’ve survived here with such mediocre product has me beat. Why don’t they bring back the Satria GTi? That got alot of praise and was a good halo car.

        • $29896495

          Good point, I often wonder why they didn’t take that new 3 door body and really go to town on it. They rallied it all sorts of things but stuck it on our market as a big yawn. It could have been something special. (quality aside)

      • Aintcbcc

        Like you damn smart……. Proton cars are better than before so just appreciate it….

      • Burnright

        U’re Malaysian I guess.

  • Zaccy16

    Wow! 0-100 in 9.9 seconds!! sporty, NOT! how can it use 9.1 l per 100 km but take that long to 100! it is ugly inside and out, looks like the same designer as the horrible cruze hatch!

    • Dave W

      Says there 9.1L/100km according to Malaysian standard buddy. They probably have different kind of testing method.

      • Lim

        I think at 9.1l per 100 KM is considered non economical and will go heavy consumption after 1 or 2 years. It is not appealing at all and sure going to flop.Thats why it is focussing on accessories and extras.

        • thgt

          Mazda3 Maxx Sport also has ‘sport’ name, also gets around 9 seconds. Both are not performance cars so why bother with the century sprinting ?

          Also the 9.9l is combined cycle (urban + extra urban) FC. Not the usual 90km/h average.

  • Narpas Sword

    This might be a worthy successor to the Proton Satria GTi. Might be…

    • Aero

      Not even close. The GTi was a 3 door, and it was purpose built. The Suprima is supposed to compete against the Cerato Hatch and Focus Hatch. It’s not a performance car to be honest, and neither are the other two I’ve mentioned.

      • Sword Hero

        To compete against the Cerato Hatch and Focus Hatch? LOL!

        What are you smoking there dude?

      • Narpas Sword

        I should have put extra emphasis on ‘might’.

  • $29896495

    Seriously, why bother. Our market doesn’t need it.

    • Poison Ivy

      I believe Australians are bunch of smart intelligent folks…yes, smart enough to avoid this Proton at all cost.

  • Ambition

    Tries too look and be sporty but with 9.9 to 100 that is a joke

    • Wajunk

      10 years ago Proton Australia called one sedan model Waja as “Asia’s answer to BMW 3-Series”…big bloody joke! Bwa Ha Ha Ha!

  • Leaky Turbo

    Fuel mileage at 9.1 L / 100 KM….Hmmmm…something is wrong with the turbo, eh???

    • essl

      This is not GDI engine and don’t have start stop thingy. The FC is excpected.

  • Brooke

    No thanks mate I rather buy China cars Chery anytime any given day!

  • pusuk

    Malaysian fuel is cheap. they doesn’t care much about fuel consumption.

    • Anchovies

      Are you sure Malaysia as filthy rich as some sheikh Middle East country?

      • $29896495

        small proportion of the population is

  • nicecar

    It is not a fast car nor fuel efficient car. But the handling is far better any Toyota car. Try to drive one. Other things like

    5 stars ANCAP rating ABS with EBD

    Hill-Hold Assist

    Brake Assist (BA) and Traction Control

    Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

    Traction Control (TC)

    Dual Front SRS Airbags with Seatbelt Pre-tensioner Seatbelts

    Side Airbags

    Curtain Airbags

    ISOFIX & Top Tether Mount Point

    Front Active Headrest

    Anti-trap Power Window (Driver side only)

    Front Fog Lamps


    Parking Sensor
    Front & Rear

    Reverse Camera

    Auto Headlamp

    Electronic Gear Shift Lock

    • Initial D

      Yes true it’s better than Toyota 86…please call Jeremy Clarkson now for a Top Gear session will ya OK

    • $29896495

      I sense a Proton stooge.

    • marcel dimoski

      no cruise control??

  • Effingpond

    I’m sorry but this only works in a place where other car options are just too expensive to contemplate. As you can see, when its given global competitors on a more level playing field it doesn’t cut it

    • Jezza

      That’s why Jeremy Clarkson should thrash/dissect it in Top Gear once and for all whether this car is worth buying or not

  • AC-DC

    A global car that missing automatic climate control air-con feature…???

    • nice car

      the car comes with auto climate control

      • AC-DC

        Really? Will it jammed like the legendary Proton’s epic power window failure?

        • zigenz

          I heard Proton’s power window is a life time warranty.. well that’s good..

    • marcel dimoski

      hmmmm you’d think they would have that at least! Cruise control also missing?

  • Teik An Jing

    Dont buy this car, buy Chely..veli good.

    • boldwagon

      Chery the WOBBLY? bloddy NO! It’s too dangerous to drive.

  • malaysian

    i’m malaysian citizen…this one of the best model Proton ever build…when inside n drive feels ALMOST like volkswagen golf…interior maybe need to make up more…overall impressive…give it a try when it comes to ausie…price much worth it here to compare others hot hatch specs…(becoz gov protect it)…not sure what spec will come to ausie…

    • banglasia

      No thanks. A kangaroo is more reliable than any Proton craps.

      Kangaroo > Proton.

      “…ALMOST like volkswagen golf…”

      – Stop consuming weeds OK.

      • pikch

        Nothing to shout about, Proton has very good ride and handling because it’s Lotus.

  • diaz

    seriously ! Proton is soo left behind in automotive industry. Somehow the specification are not bad. They should have make the wheels bigger and the rear exterior look more futuristic like the Peugeot 208. Good work under the hood and interior space.

    • kream

      Already beats Mazda3 SP20 SKYACTIV Luxury in some areas:

      Suprima S vs Mazda 3 SP20 SA Luxury

      Airbags : 6 vs 4
      Max torque : 205Nm vs 194Nm
      Width : 1786 vs 1755
      Display : Android touchscreen 7″ vs 4.1″
      Paddle shifter: Yes vs No

      • Zaccy16

        The Mazda definitely has 6 airbags, 2 front and 4 curtain airbags, also why would a car be better If it wider?

  • myarm

    Wow.. Now this is the real Asia’s answer to BMW 3 series! Remember Proton Waja? The Asia’s answer to BMW 3 series 12 years ago in Australia?

    Now proton should allow Holden to market their car in Malaysia under equal taxation like what enjoy in Australia for more than 15 years, instead of taxing Holden 115%, Malaysia should tax Holden 15% for their car if they want to enter Malaysian market. Australian helps Proton, Malaysian helps Holden!

    • Lewes

      A very handsome car.

    • Ramesh

      Holden wont survived in Malaysia.. not with those muscle car engine.. whooping tax penalty (engine size based duty and road tax) will hurt owners pocket a lot..

  • Alan

    Look, in Malaysia, this C segment Suprima S costs AUD 26500, there is no other C segment that costs around the same as the Suprima, the nearest Ford Focus is selling for AUD 42000. The competitors within this price range here is the B segment Toyota Vios (2airbags no autolight/wipers and esc whatsoever) and Nissan Almera, which is also bare stock with no such equipments..

    The vios only outputs 109PS, Almera 102PS vs Suprima at 140PS..

    The nearest competitor which offers the same array of features and specifications is the Kia Rio, but in Malaysia, it only comes with an underpowered 1.4 engine..

    So the Suprima S is the best all rounder choice here..

    • Lancer

      Suprima is the best choice? What’s the total sales so far particularly the export units? Why Proton Australia still selling in small miniscule volume? Even other foreign markets such as Singapore (zero sales monthly), Thailand (joke), Indonesia (pathetic), Brunei (nonsense), Middle east (zero tax price yet still irrelevant) etc simply fighting a lost cause in business sense.

  • shaharun

    akhir-akhir ini kereta malaysia nampak ok lah ,tapi saya masih tak puas hati pada rupanya . ciptalah kereta yang apabila orang pandang terus berkata “uuuuuuuuuuuuuh cantiknya uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh hebat uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh barulah betul-betul hebat “kalau ada duit terus nak beli. bukan yang orang pandang nampak biasa aje . orang beli kerana harga murah sje . tirulah kereta yang nampak hebat seperti AUDI, KIA, jangan tiru kereta jenama lain sebijik-sebijik patut orang yang meniru lebih cantik .