Malaysian manufacturer Proton has unveiled the all-new Proton Preve small car at the 2012 Sydney motor show, announcing a highly competitive $18,990 driveaway starting price.
The Preve (pronounced 'pre-VAY') compact sedan is the most technologically advanced vehicle Proton has ever developed and built.
In a first for Proton, the Preve uses hot press forming in its construction, which provides higher body strength and better structural rigidity without compromising overall bodyweight (1305kg for the manual).
The Proton Preve is available from launch at $18,990 driveaway for the five-speed manual variant and $20,990 driveaway for the model with the optional 'six-speed' continuously variable transmission (CVT).
A 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 80kW/150Nm powers the new Proton Preve, which Proton claims achieves fuel consumption of 7.2 litres per 100km for the manual and 8.0L/100km for the CVT.
The Preve will initially be offered only in entry-level GX specification, but will be joined later in 2013 by the higher-specified GXR model, which is powered by Proton’s new-generation turbo petrol engine and mated to the brand's seven-speed 'ProTonic' CVT.
Specifications are identical for manual and CVT versions. Standard features include rear parking sensors, speed-sensing automatic door locking, front and rear fog-lights, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, multi-function steering wheel, smart information display, remote keyless entry and power windows and mirrors.
Safety equipment includes electronic stability control, front-wheel traction control, anti-locking brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and six airbags.
The Preve GXR will gain additional features such as steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, leather upholstery, satellite navigation, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control and push-button start. GXR pricing will be released closer to the launch.