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by Brett Davis

Proton has just released images and details of the new Mitsubishi Lancer-based 2011 Proton Inspira, which has just been launched in Malaysia.

The car comes in three different variants, two of which use a 1.8-litre engine – available in either auto or manual form – and also a 2.0-litre version – only available with an automatic CVT gearbox.

Most of the design as well as the mechanicals of the new Inspira are provided by bigger brother, Mitsubishi, but Proton has made all the necessary adjustments so the car is suitable for the Malaysian market.

Proton has adapted its traditional grille design on the front and given it minor detailing changes such as the chrome-stripped boot lid and revised front and rear bumper bars as well. Proton also says the car features specially-tuned suspension by Lotus; something the Lancer version doesn’t get.

Chairman of Proton parent corporation Proton Holdings Berhad, recently said,

“Proton is ready to move even further ahead to become a recognised player in the global automotive industry. We have been working and collaborating with Mitsubishi for the last 25 years and its a natural step forward for us to continue to work with them in this project.”

Proton Australia has said the new Inspira will not be coming to Australia, although, we think it would do quite well here to widen up the market a bit and provide a cheaper alternative to the relatively successful Mitusbishi Lancer. What do you think?