Published on April 24th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
PROTON’s Iriz & Persona challenges Bezza & Myvi…….the games begin
PROTON has just officially launched the 2019 Proton Iriz and Persona. PROTON’s B-segment hatchback and family sedan have been thoroughly revised for the 2019 model year and have revised styling, improvements to over 300 parts as well as first-in-class smart features that set them apart from their competitors.
The first B-segment cars with intelligent features
By equipping the 2019 Proton Iriz and Persona with an intelligent infotainment system, PROTON has introduced first- in-class features set to revolutionise the market segment. Available on the Premium 1.6 CVT variants of both cars, the system uses an embedded eSIM card to stay connected to the Internet. It also offers apps for music streaming, online navigation and voice recognition accessed via a 7-inch touchscreen featuring a full colour display and 16GB of internal memory. For added convenience, the system offers a mirroring function with Android smart phones.
As with PROTON’s first SUV, the Proton X70, the voice recognition app is activated via the catchphrase Hi Proton! after which, the user is able to access a range of options using voice commands. This allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road even while performing complex searches for destinations or songs, helping to ensure they are not distracted while driving. The system will also receive Over The Air (OTA) updates periodically with new apps added as and when they become available.
Restyled and improved inside and out
To set them apart from their predecessors, PROTON Design endowed the 2019 Proton Iriz and Persona with a comprehensive exterior redesign. Among the two, the changes to the Iriz are more noticeable as it includes a brand new interpretation of the Ethereal Bow front grille that debuted on the Proton X70. New front and rear bumpers, a black rear garnish, new alloy wheel design as well as a shark fin antenna mean the Iriz stands out in a crowd while its race winning heritage ensures it remains as the best handling option in the class.
The 2019 Proton Persona is styled more conservatively but also features the Ethereal Bow and Infinite Weave pattern that are new styling trademarks for PROTON. A new boot spoiler, new front and rear bumper designs and new alloy wheel designs endow the family sedan with subtly more attractive looks but don’t detract from the practical features that make it a favourite among Malaysian car buyers.