We reported yesterday that Proton is going to introduce an enhanced version of the Iriz, which is expected to debut later this month.
Thanks to our friends over at Funtasticko, a leaked photo of the new Proton Iriz confirms some of the model's features.
For starters, we mentioned in our earlier post that the new Proton Iriz will receive a blacked-out roof. From the photo, the blacked-out roof is evident, though the actual car also gets blacked-out side mirrors and front grille top garnish. We also noticed that the blacked-out parts have a glossy finish to it, not just unpainted. The presence of LED DRLs indicate that this could be a range-topping 1.6-litre Iriz, though the actual variant remains to be seen.
Under the skin, we can expect the Iriz to feature the same NVH enhancements as the Persona. On top of that, the 3 point engine mount system of the Persona will find its way to the Iriz. The new engine mount set up is designed to reduce the engine and transmission vibrations from entering the cabin. Elsewhere, the TCU software from the Persona will be applied to the Iriz as well.
Variant wise, the new 2017 Proton Iriz could be arriving in three variants, 1.3 Standard, 1.3 Executive and 1.6 Executive. The mid spec 1.3 Executive is tipped to receive a new push start button. When the Iriz was launched in 2014, Proton offered a manual transmission for all variants of its then-new B-segment hatchback, including 1.6-litre models. That could soon change, as we heard that the new Iriz will be a CVT-only affair, save for the 1.3 Standard.