The Proton Iriz is dubbed to be a game changer for the national carmaker. It was developed new from ground up with the aim to be sold worldwide. This locally built B-segment hatch competes with cars like the Perodua Myvi, Honda Jazz, Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, Mazda Hatchback, Mitsubishi Attrage and Suzuki Swift. Offered in eight variants and four trim levels with two engine and transmission options, the car is priced between RM41,520 and RM 62,480.
As previously mentioned, two engines are available for customers to choose from. Both were developed specially for the 2015 Proton Iriz. The entry level naturally aspirated 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine outputs a modest 94hp and 120Nm of torque. The higher displacement 1.6-litre mill on the other hand develops 107hp at 5,750rpm and 150Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Both engines can be opt with either a five speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
A minor update of the Iriz in 2017 added new refinements developed for the Persona sedan that included improved CVT calibration and a switch from four- to three-point engine mounts. A streamlined range now offers only four variants - 1.3 Standard manual and CVT, 1.3 Executive CVT, and 1.6 Premium CVT.