Leaked and pretty telling images of the upcoming Minor Change 2 (MC2) 2021 Proton Persona show that the updates the model has received are substantial, as opposed to the usual aesthetic changes reserved for updates of this kind. Pictures reveal that not only does the 2021 Proton Persona look more modern; it also receives updated equipment such as LED lights and a different infotainment system.
On the outside, the most visible changes are the redesigned front bumper which features a more intricate foglamp cluster, LED headlights, a slimmer front grille and updated wheel rim design along the flanks.
However, bigger changes are seen on the inside. The interior image reveals premium-looking brown leather seats, much like the Proton X70. However, it remains to be seen if the 2021 Persona will receive Nappa leather instead of faux leather, dubbed leatherette by Proton.
Possibly the biggest effort has been in the centre of the interior – where we see an entirely new centre console with finally, an integrated armrest and a flush surface from which the gear shifter pops out of, much like the X50.
Additional buttons just after the gear shifter could hint at newer drivetrain features. Further up, the keen-eyed will sport that the climate control module is entirely new, the former (three) rotary knobs now replace with two smaller knobs and what looks to be a central digital screen – hinting at the possibility of the 2021 Persona receiving a climate control unit.
Crowning the dashboard is a new freestanding infotainment screen with the central air-conditioning vents now residing underneath the screen, instead of the sides like before. The screen looks larger too.
However, the biggest question surrounding the MC2 2021 Proton Persona is its drivetrain, while (109PS/150 Nm) the 1.6-litre four-cylinder is expected to be unchanged, it remains to be seen if the 2021 Persona will receive a conventional four-speed automatic transmission like the facelifted Proton Saga. This is an addition that has proved popular with Saga buyers since its introduction in the interest of reliability.
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