The soon-to-be-revealed Proton Perdana is the third generation of the National marque’s premium sedan. Since the DRB-Hicom pairing in 2010, the Proton Perdana has taken the form of previous generation of the Honda Accord; the 6th-generation Accord, more precisely. Although distributed in limited quantities, the current Proton Perdana is specifically utilized by Government officials, ministers and Proton’s top management. Proton’s current Chairman and former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has a Proton Perdana limousine version with a familiar Proton 2020 numberplate as his personal ride to official events.
The all-new Proton Perdana is based on the seventh-generation Accord, but with obvious fresh design elements and inputs from the folks at Proton Design department. Its exterior is portrayed as an elegantly-designed long wheelbase sedan, with scintillating HID headlights and DRLs (daytime running lights) fixtures. Additionally, the sculpted hood makes the new Perdana more aggressive, when viewed from the front. The profile of the new Perdana is distinguished by the low-sloping silhouette, front to rear, and two types of 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels. From the rear, the combination rearlights and taillights, as well as a sculpted boot cover and spoiler, are easily the most impressive features on the new Perdana. The rear of the soon-to-be-released Perdana actually gives a wider stance to the package, when compared to the 7th-gen Accord.
In the engine department, the new Proton Perdana is expected to come in two engine displacements, a 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter. The 2.0l Perdana has three trim levels and the 2.4l Perdana is slated to offer two trim levels. Furthermore, the 2.4l Perdana is on tap to churn out 135kW and 222 Nm of torque.
Inside, the Perdana resembles the 7th-gen Accord closest, although a tilt & telescopic steering with paddle-shifter and a cruise control switch come as mandatory fixtures in today’s premium sedans. Other amenities attached to the Perdana’s package comprise of the infotainment system with reverse camera and navigation, Dual-zone air-conditioning, power seat for the driver, Anti-trap power windows at the front, and many more. Further details will be made available during its anticipated introduction in mid or late March.
Safety features are bountiful in the new Proton Perdana, the expected safety specifications consist of the ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ABS (Anti-brake system) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ample airbags and others.
The new Proton Perdana is slated to arrive at dealerships, from mid-March, according to the Chairman. More importantly, the Perdana variant is expected to compliment largely to Proton’s current variants such as the Iriz, Preve and Suprima S. Price for the new Proton Perdana is estimated to fall between RM 100,000 till 140,000.