Spot the difference. We know Mitsubishi has a partnership deal with Proton Motors in Malaysia. And we know the latest Proton Inspira is largely based on the Mitsubishi Lancer. But now there could be a cheaper alternative to the sporty turbocharged Lancer Evolution model. It’s called the Protor Jebat Concept.
It is just a concept at this stage but it’s sure to kick up some fuss in the car’s local market because it still features a turbocharged engine, like it’s bigger brother, the Evolution. Only the engine isn’t quite as potent as Mitsubishi’s offering. The Jebat features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder – also seen in our Mitsubishi Ralliart Lancer – offering 177kW of power and 343Nm of torque, so it would still be a bit of a cracker.
Something distinct to the Proton version though is the bodykit and two-tone colour scheme. It almost looks like it comes from one of those European tuning factories, complete with matte black details incorporated into the front bar and along the doors. The rear bumper bar is also much chunkier than the Mitsubishi, and also features matte black highlighting.
Inside the car is also treated to Evo-esque features such as Recaro front seats with red stitching and a touch-screen in-car entertainment screen. Unlike the Evolution Lancer though, the Jebat gets some pretty ordinary tyre-shop special 18 inch chrome alloy wheels.
It’s unknown if the Proton Jebat Concept will actually go into production at this stage. It could be a great marketing plan for the company though as its local market would surely swallow it up, whole.