New Models from Proton

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The latest spyshots of the Satria Replacement Model or SRM for short confirms the existence of a new facelifted Satria, to replace the ageing Mitsubishi Colt-based Satria and Satria GTis on the road currently. Spyshots have been circulating around for yonks, but the latest to come out from the factory seems genuine and is backed up by another spyshot of a SRM spotted on the road in Kesas.


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The front of the SRM reminiscent of the handsome Gen.2
Like the Gen.2, the SRM has a very sexy
rear end. The central muffler seems misplaced though.
A Mini copy gone wrong.
Spotted! A SRM spotted along the Kesas highway

Like the Gen.2, Proton has got the styling right, thanks to the Lotus Design Studio no doubt. The lines are curvy and purposeful, carving a handsome front. The rear is no less attractive, somewhat comparable to the new BMW 1-series. No specs have been revealed so far, but I expect 1.3litre and 1.6litre CAMPRO variants, without CPS (Proton’s Camshaft Profile Switching system). The SRM was initially supposed to come bundled with the CAMPRO with CPS, but sources say it is not ready for prime time just yet. From another source, the interior oozes Lotus-DNA, much like the Gen.2. Just hope for better plastics!

The performance of the CAMPRO has so far been less than spectacular. Mostly reports of lack of power and torque. Despite its high-revving nature, the CAMPRO is ill-matched with a long-ratio gearbox, thus affecting power delivery, especially at the low to mid range. Not to add to the insult, but the quality of the plastics in the Gen.2 and the dreaded power window problems have plagued the new generation Proton hatchback. Let’s hope Proton has learned from the experience to translate to a better car in the SRM and consequently the Tiara Replacement Model (TRM) – before it goes to public hands. Don’t beat the market by rushing out a half-baked car, Proton. I beg you. Beat the market by giving consumers a good, solid product. That’s truly “Daring To Change”. Not just in styling as shown in the Gen.2.

The TRM being run through its paces

The TRM is scheduled to be launched in the very near future as well, one more in the stable of new generation Proton models to be introduced. From the looks of the spyshot, the TRM shares similar design touches with the SRM + the Gen.2, which defines the Proton “look”. This is a giant leap forward from assembling rebadged, junked Mitsubishi platforms. I just hope the TRM isn’t based on another obsolete 1970 French platform, like the previous Tiara.

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Here’s to hope and zest. For a better Proton car. For a new Proton!

Photo sources from Motoring.asia1.com
 and Zerotohundred.com

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  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    A revolution in its design for proton..hurrah for that…in addition, with its 40% stake being eyed by vw, i wonder wether the SRM design is being influenced by the Golf GTi…?

  • Anonymous

    It’s all looking good for the SRM, likely to be powered by a 1.3 and 1.6 version of the Campro.

    A little bird told me that there is a possibility of a VW powered 1.8 or 2.0 plant for the GTi version. Here’s crossing my fingers, mate!

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    By the time this model is launched, it will be out-dated and thus face tremendous competition from foreign car manufacturer! All proton technology are dated. Eg campro is a basic 4 cylinder engine. Other manufacturer have come up with performance enchancing modules like i-vtec, vvt-i. and etc even for their normal models.

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    I don’t think TRM is based on renault clio. The designers are experiece people from proton, lotus and others. Also Waja is not based on bora, although the front look like passat, probably same german manufacturer. These cars have their own proton platform, not from other manufacturers. Anyway well done proton. Cheers

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    No difference at all between the New model Satria and current model Satria.

    Come on!!! Proton Designers…. Come up with new ideas, please… don’t just copy here and there. Think before you approve the design. Look like the design for TRM, Gen2, current Satria, New model Satria are all about the same.

    COPY CAT ….. Please do Malaysia a proud job. DONT JUST COPY…

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    when is the delay gonna go on?

  • Anonymous

    Despite some semblance to the Bora, there is no indication of any involvement from VW on the development of the Waja.

    Proton design engineers were likely to be ‘inspired’ by the Bora, but then again every car seems to be ‘inspired’ by some other car(s) these days 🙂

    Actually I think the TRM has more styling cues from the Renault Clio (a platform which it is based on) than any from the VW stable.

    I think it looks good, and the spyshots from Paul Tan of the interior look good too. If there is a R3-spec version in the works, I’ll be booking it 😀

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    Guy, guys, i don’t anyone realize that the TRM has traits from Volkwagen. Also to note, Waja is not entirely a product of proton but perhaps a rebatch of Volkwagen Bora.

    Get a close look and you’ll know what i mean

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    with both lotus and volkswagen in the proton arena, they have got to be able to bring out some half decent cars with the TRM and SRM. as a fellow malaysian i pray proton can do us proud this time round

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    have placed booking via proton website. salesman came around and said i should recieve car sometime July. showed me pics from proton video…looks very very cool ….for a proton!!

  • <![CDATA[shaif]]>

    Read from the news that only an A and AB class TUV certificate vendor can supply the parts for SRM and TRM project. Hopefully it will solve the quality issue of its interior. Other Proton models still depends on ‘tak apa’ attitude of C class vendor.Boooo…

  • Anonymous

    I think the TRM makes a great mini car, design wise that is. Hope Proton sorts out the quality issues *sigh*. What else is new eh?

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    Cool Man! Both the front view of SRM and TRM are BMW alike. It will be perfect for me if the rear also make it like BMW…haha

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    hey..i think the crm is cool .look forward to buy if the
    price is right. k.

  • Anonymous

    Sources say it should be launched sometime February, most likely late February. Keep you eyes peeled and ears opened!

  • Anonymous

    I spot another one along the way to HICOM in USJ.

  • Anonymous

    I spot another one along the way to HICOM in USJ.

  • the SRM looks nice…lets hope that it doesn’t just have the looks :p do you know when will it be launched? and the price?

  • Anonymous

    Gosh, I dont have those pix even if my customer is Proton.

  • Anonymous

    I just received more pics of the TRM. A few spotted up close on our roads. I think it looks good actually. Although I think competing in the small car category would pit it against fellow Malaysian manufacturer Perodua, the competition would be good for the industry overall. From the looks of it, I think it would most likely be selling quite briskly, if the price is right. But being Proton, prices would border “kill the competition”. I would like to think the “Daring To Change” has done some good, internally at least, and consequently translate into better cars. I hope the SRM and TRM which we are likely to see soon fit this new spirit.

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    jeyadev here. cool pictures, are we looking at a Feb 1 launch again? 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Yo read my blog latest post Mate..Me ranting about proton..bleargh from current customer view trying to buy another of their product…Suddenly I felt Daring to CHANGE and DARING TO DARE!

  • cool shit, can’t wait for it to be launched. keep posting on the new model if u know any news.