Proton’s first MPV, the Exora is finally out. After releasing out teasers for quite a long time,
leaving the public to be shrouded in mystery, the cat is finally out of the bag.
It seems like they have done quite a good job,
since this is Proton’s first venture into building an MPV.
The overall design looks good, although to my eyes,
I can somehow see a Toyota Wish+Innova from the side profile,
a Grand Livina from the rear, and a little Myvi look-alike from the front.
I haven’t checked it out in real life yet. Gotta head to Proton’s factory after this for a first-hand info.

Features on this new MPV seems pretty impressive. A new Body Control Module has been utilised, it offers quite an extensive list of functions for the car, such as a battery saver for room lamps, follow-me-home headlamps, intelligent wiper speed sensors and signal lights, and lots more that makes the driver’s life easier. 🙂 The remote key itself has lots of functions programmed into it. Two airbags are supplied in this package, with Proton using front end impact sensors instead of the conventional accelerometers before this. ABS with EBD comes as standard feature in both the H-Line and M-Line models.

Worth mentioning is the front body assembly. Proton has managed to reduce the number of processes of assembly in the factory from 40 to just 2. This is because the whole front end is in one piece, thus reducing assembly error and increasing perfection. The front end weight is also reduced to 5kg from the conventional 6.5kg (not much one may think, but this is vital in improving overall performance and dynamics of a car).

Next is the hydroformed front subframe, which essentially carries the engine. Hydroforming is a process which shapes the front subframe using water pressure. Water pressure shapes tubes by expanding them from the inside in a closed forming die. It improves strength and rigidity, reduces weight and improves to provide a stronger overall construction.

The Exora is also slightly bigger in terms of dimensions when compared to rivals in it’s class. Proton wanted to provide a great MPV experience to 5 people and somewhat satisfying experience to the remaining 2 passengers, instead of providing a mediocre experience to 7 passengers, and this has evolved into a winning formula which no other MPVs have so far. Air-conditioning with separate vents for all 3 rows, great headroom space, and nice interior designs has upped the ante right now. The H-line also comes with a DVD player with an LCD as an OEM equipment.

Here comes the down part. The engine, the heart of it all. Proton currently only has a 1.6 engine in it’s stable to get this good piece of engineering going on it’s pace, which I feel isn’t going to be enough to ferry 7 passengers around. But the good part is that Proton has designed the engine bay to accommodate future upgrades and the engine bay is said to be able to contain a 2.5 V6 engine for future enhancements. Right now, the Exora is fitted with a 1.6 CPS engine, similar to that found in the Persona. I’m pretty sure the public will be looking forward to a great new engine upgrade in the near future. Good Luck Proton.

Now the Price List for the new MPV is as follows :

Proton Exora 1.6L A/T M-Line Metallic – RM69,998.00

Proton Exora 1.6L A/T M-Line Solid – RM69,548.00

Proton Exora 1.6L A/T H-Line Metallic – RM75,998.00

Proton Exora 1.6L A/T H-Line Solid – RM75,548.0

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