First pictures of 2019 Proton Iriz Facelift

With the Prime Minister having provided a preview of the facelifted Proton Iriz recently, the carmaker has decided to release official pictures of the model which will be in showrooms later this year.

The B-segment hatchback is the first model in the current Proton range to receive a facelift since the collaboration with Geely was announced. The new ‘face’ shows signs of the beginning of a common design language for the grille with a shape inspired by the ‘Ethereal Bow’ that made its debut on the X70 SUV. The radiator grille also features the ‘Infinite Weave’ pattern sculpted into its design and is topped by the Proton badge. New slim headlights are installed which are integrated with a prominent grille garnish.

Front end of the current Iriz and the new one on the right. (Below) The new grille has similar styling elements as the X70.

The exterior lines are styled to portray connectivity with a sporty look as well as to build visual links with other models by using design elements that are common between them. The bold new front bumper has a lower radiator grille form as well as sleek LED daytime running lamps which help to make the car more visible to other motorists.

At the rear, the new Iriz gets the new corporate identity feature of the PROTON name being spelled out on the tailgate garnish in place of the logo previously used. Visually, this gives a wider look, an impression reinforced by the new rear bumper. Vertical garnish inserts framing a new bumper stripe are the bumper’s most prominent features, lending the rear of the Iriz a more stable and sporty stance whilst adding character.

Just like at the front, the new rear bumper integrates seamlessly with the overall proportions and the finishing touch is provided by an Iriz nameplate in a distinctive new typeface. A sporty touch is provided by a shark fin antenna and new rotor blade design alloy wheels.

Inside, the facelifted Proton is equipped with a colour touchscreen, developed by Proton and ECARX, the company in China which developed the GKUI interface that is used in the latest Geely models as well as the Proton X70. Offering connectivity options as well as voice command functions, this will be the first time a B-segment hatchback from a Malaysian brand is offered with such features, but full details will only be released later on.

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[Chips Yap]