The long-awaited successor to the unloved and already-discontinued Savvy, the Iriz follows the lead of the Preve, Suprima S and Exora in featuring the car maker’s sharp design language, new engines, and modern technology and safety features.
The Proton Iriz is available with two four-cylinder petrol engines. The smallest of the duo is a 1.3-litre unit that produces 70kW of power at 5750rpm and 120Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The larger 1.6-litre makes 80kW and 150Nm, peaking at the same engine speeds as the smaller motor.
Both engines can be paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Proton quotes combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.6-7.4 litres per 100 kilometres for the larger engine, which claims an 11.1-second 0-100km/h sprint.
The five-door Proton Iriz is 3920 millimetres long, 1722mm wide, 1554mm tall, and rides on a 2555mm wheelbase, making it similar in size to the Holden Barina hatch.
Safety features available in Malaysia include electronic stability control, hill-start assist, six airbags (dual front, side and curtains), reverse-view camera and rear sensors.
Other specification highlights include 14- or 15-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, daytime running lights, keyless entry with push-button start, leather upholstery, and a four-speaker infotainment system teamed to a 6.2-inch screen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, front and rear USB inputs, DVD player, satellite navigation and WiFi integration.
Proton Australia chief operating officer Kaye Aimes told CarAdvice the local division would “dearly love” to introduce the Iriz to our market, but said it was still awaiting confirmation from head office.
Aimes said Proton executives are coming to Australia next week to assess the local market and business case for the Iriz and to make a decision for our market.
If approved, Aimes said the Iriz could go on sale around the second quarter of 2015.