Proton which is owned by the Malaysian Government, finally showed off the new replacement to the ageing Satria at a special ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. The new car is due to be launched in Australia in the final quarter of this year and follows a number of other new models designed and engineered by Proton, including the GEN.2 hatch and Savvy city car.
Currently referred to as the Satria Neo in Malaysia, the all new platform developed from scratch by Proton will be known simply as the Satria when it is launched here and will be powered by a 1.6 litre Proton Campro twin cam multi-valve engine in Australia.
A high performance GTi version is currently under development and will be launched at a later date. No details yet as to the powerplant of the GTi version, one would hope its not just all looks and no go like the old Satria GTi
According to Proton Cars Australia managing director, Mr John Startari, the new Satria promises to deliver a stylish package with Proton’s signature levels of ride and handling along with exceptional fuel economy and equipment. Mr Startari perhaps fails to mention that Proton’s signature level of ride and handling have not exactly been worth mentioning! Nevertheless he promises that:
“While specification levels for the Australian version of the new Satria are still being finalized, Proton’s policy of providing value for money, fully equipped cars at strong pricing levels will mean the stylish hatch will be packed with standard equipment,” said Mr Startari.
“It is by far the best looking and sharpest-designed Proton yet to be brought to market and will arouse an enormous amount of interest when it arrives in Australia later this year,” he said.
The new hatch sits on a 2440mm wheelbase with a 1470mm front and rear track while its exterior dimensions feature an overall length of 3905mm, height of 1420mm and width of 1710mm. Equipped with 16 inch alloy wheels and high performance 195/50/R16 88V Continental SportContact-1 tyres, Proton who owns Lotus wants to make sure everyone knows about it and have promised that the new Satria has taken a lot from Lotus when it comes to handling and suspension.
Satria’s front suspension features MacPherson struts while there is a multi-link configuration with anti-sway bar at the rear. Safety plays a key role in the new Satria with ABS anti lock four wheel disc featuring large front ventilated discs on the front and solid rear discs as well as electronic brake force distribution (EBD).
The new car meets and exceeds current EuroNCAP, and ADR Australian crash test standards while SRS airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners are also part of the new Satria’s safety portfolio. The new Proton’s body is twice as strong as the previous Satria and has a torsion rigidity of 13,300Nm per degree and a bending rigidity of 14,000Nm per millimetre.
Air conditioning will be standard (unlike the Holden VE Commodore) along with a Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD/ MP3 audio system (same CD system used in the Holden Commodore), which interfaces with a CD changer or iPod and is fully integrated into the Satria’s dash. An active bee sting antenna actively searches out radio signals particularly in poor reception areas where passive antennas do not perform.
Expect the car in showrooms around late September.