Not that it’s likely to come about, but nothing like a bit of creativity to imagine what could transpire by slapping a further volumetric extension to the new Proton Persona. The new sedan, very is based on the Iriz hatchback and looks very much derived from it, has been imagined by automotive manipulator Theophilus Chin as an estate.
Actually, estate sounds very much a stretch here, pardon the term. As the rendering suggests, the end result isn’t quite wagon-esque in its proportions, the original car’s height lending the creation an MPV-like profile. Theo definitely thinks so, saying that the vision is more of a MPV rival to the Honda Mobilio and Datsun Go+ than a B-segment wagon.
The Persona, which was launched last week, is powered by a 1.6 litre DOHC four-cylinder VVT unit lifted from the Iriz, offering 107 hp at 5,750 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm in this application. Drive is sent to front wheels via a five-speed manual (Standard only) or a CVT.
The car, available in three trim levels, goes up against the recently-introduced Perodua Bezza. The latter is going great guns, having accrued over 25,000 orders since bookings opened on July 16, and 10,000 units have been delivered as of today.
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