Published on August 5th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


2022 Proton Iriz Facelift Launched

The 2022 Proton Iriz facelift returns the 1.6-litre engine, drops the manual gearbox and introduces a new crossover variant.

The Proton Iriz has been refreshed for the 2022 model year. With this refresh, Proton are spicing things up in the segment. However, the highly anticipated move away from Continuously Variable Transmissions to automatic gearboxes as seen on the 2019 Saga facelift is not on the table the new Iriz.

2022 Proton Iriz 1.6 Executive

Let’s see what they’ve actually done to keep this 7-year-old product relevant.

2022 Proton Iriz 1.6 Active

This is not the first Iriz facelift

It’s important to note that the Proton Iriz has already been updated more than once. The first update came in 2017, just before the Geely partnership. This update addressed mostly mechanical shortcomings of the Iriz and gave it a tiny cosmetic update.

2017 Iriz Update with new seat design

After the Geely partnership, the Iriz was updated again in 2019. This update added a new Geely-derived infotainment unit, an extensive redesign and more. In January 2021, Proton updated all models including the Iriz to be fitted with N95 cabin filtration.

2019 Iriz facelift with new rear tailgate design

This 2021 Iriz facelift brings yet more revisions to the infotainment system, the variant spread (including a new crossover-inspired variant), reintroduces the 1.6-litre engine option and more paint options. It’s also worth noting that the 5-speed Getrag-made manual gearbox is no longer offered on the Iriz.

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Here are the details.

What’s New On the 2022 Proton Iriz facelift?

  • New modern air cond controls
  • Redesigned bumpers
  • Redesigned grille
    • now in red
  • LED headlamps with auto on/off and follow me home function
  • new 16″ alloy wheels
  • black roof finish
  • new finishing on rear lights

The Iriz 1.3 Standard CVT is the base model with the 1.3-litre engine producing 95PS and 120Nm of torque. It comes with 15″ rims, halogen headlights without DRLs, fabric seats, 4 airbags, and a standard audio system.

Proton Iriz Facelift basic interior
Iriz 1.3 Standard interior

The Iriz 1.6 Executive CVT is the mid-spec model. The 1.6-litre engine returns with 109PS and 150Nm of torque. Rims are larger at 16″, and it comes with LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, leatherette seats, an 8″ touchscreen infotainment system, 6 airbags and front parking sensors.

2022 Proton Iriz Facelift pricing for 2020
2021 SST-free pricing for Iriz

New Iriz Active Variant as full-spec

2022 Proton Iriz facelift Active Ocean blue
  • Different front bumper design
  • new all-round body mouldings for crossover look
  • black roof with black roof rails
  • black rear spoiler
  • LED headlights
2022 Proton Iriz Active LED headlights
  • Leatherette steering wheel
  • Dual tone alloy wheels
  • steering-mounted buttons
  • semi-leather seat upholstery
  • red interior accents
    • “Active” embroidery on the front seats
    • door trims
    • floor mats
    • steering wheel
    • red seat belts.
  • aluminium sport pedals
  • more infotainment features
    • Voice Command
    • Online Navigation
    • Online Music Streaming
    • Online Weather Forecast
    • 4G and in-car WiFi

The 2022 Proton Iriz also gets 2 new funky colours: Citric Orange and Passion Red. These are both colour options from the Proton X50. These two colours are available for the 1.6-litre Iriz models only.

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