Proton rushed its new Suprima S hatchback here just weeks after its debut overseas.
Two variants are offered in GX and GXR spec, and the car is the Malaysian company's most comprehensively equipped model introduced here. Suprima S runs yet another version of the Campro 1.6 litre, DOHC engine, this time with a low boost (11psi or .80bar) turbo attached for a significant boost to torque and power. The turbo system features an intercooler for added efficiency and the engine achieves 103kW at 5,000 rpm and 205Nm at 2,000-4,000 rpm.
Suprima S will be available with a seven-speed Protronic CVT transmission with paddle shifters, followed by a six-speed manual transmission from next year, at a $2,000 saving over the CVT.
Ride and handling was looked after by Lotus which promises tidy dynamics. Suprima S also has an ANCAP five-star safety rating.
The sporty exterior styling theme continues inside the cabin starting with steering wheel audio and phone controls and a dark grey upholstery tone.
Kit includes Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, Smart Information Display which includes a trip distance and time meter, instant fuel consumption and distance to empty, gear shift lock, car a keyfob low battery warning, seat belt reminder, intrusion alarm, service reminder and the usual array of warning lights.
The GXR gets piano black highlights on the steering wheel, gear knob and centre console and leather upholstery.
It also gains push button start/stop, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, cruise control, automatic headlights, automatic front wipers and climate control. Satnav is also included along with park sensors and hill hold assist.
Suprima S hits the road here from January 1 priced from $21,790 drive away with CVT transmission.