Saturday, December 01, 2007

Proton Gen 2 New Facelift


The new facelifted Proton GEN2 has been launched in Thailand together with the Proton brand’s introduction into the Thai market. We’ve been seeing the new facelifted Proton GEN2 going around town on road tests before, so the new larger grille is not something that new to those who have seen the spyshots.


It also marks the first production Proton with the long awaited Campro CPS engine installed in the engine bay. In the Thailand market, this is for the High Line model only and as far as I can find out, it produces 125 horsepower as compared to the normal Campro’s 110 horsepower. It’s not known at the moment how the new engine’s torque curve looks like, or whether this new Campro CPS in the facelifted GEN2 has the Variable Intake Module or not, since it was previously mentioned by the VIM manufacturer EPMB just two weeks ago that the VIM module would most likely only go into production early next year.


In the interior, the High Line model gets leather seats. If you look at the photos after the jump you will see that the new facelifted GEN2 has received an interior update much similiar to the Proton Persona’s. The dash now has a glove compartment, the clock in the middle of the dash is now gone, and the door panels have been replaced with a much better design which integrates power window switches. I wonder if current GEN2 owners can change their door panels to these new ones as it is a huge improvement in terms of usability and design.


It’s not known at the moment when the Proton GEN2 facelift with Campro CPS engine will be introduced into Malaysia, so we will have to wait patiently at the moment. I am very eager to find out the detailed statistics on the new Campro CPS engine. Prices start from B549,000 for the GEN2.

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