August 18, 2013

Proton Suprima S officially launched - My View !

Proton Suprima S, a C-segment hatchback based on the Preve sedan, has been launched. Inspired by the English word 'Supreme', Suprima S is available in two variants, Executive and Premium. Before reading my personal view on the Suprima S at the end of this article, let's take a look at the car itself first. Proton Suprima S basically has Preve's front end, but with a black honeycomb grille and different bumper inserts. Premium variants comes with daytime running LED lights instead of LED position lights in the Executive variant.

From the B-pillar to the rear end is completely redesigned. The 'PROTON' wording on the tailgate reminiscent the design style of a Swedish marque, Volvo. Inverted L-shaped LED strip in the taillights and diffuser-like bumper are some nice touches too. A 'Turbo' badge and 'handling by Lotus' badge are attached on the tailgate, warning tailgaters that this is not a car to be messed with.

Suprima S has a width of 1786mm, height of 1524mm and wheelbase of 2650mm, all are identical to Preve's dimension, but it is shorter by 107mm at 4436mm than the latter. Boot space measured at 309 litres.

The same 1.6 litre turbocharged engine (previously known as CFE engine) found in the Preve is used in the Suprima S. The mill produces 138bhp at 5000rpm and 205Nm of torque from 2000-4000rpm. This enables the Suprima S to complete the century sprint in 9.9 seconds, 0.3 seconds slower than the Preve CFE albeit weight gain of around 35-55kg, depending on variant. Fuel consumption is rated at 9.1 litres/100km for the Suprima S, while Preve CFE manage to consume 8.2 litres/100km.

Dashboard is taken over from the Preve, but different material trim are used in the Suprima S. Standard features for the Executive variants include Android-based infotainment system with a 7-inch LCD screen, GPS navigation system and DVD player, Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity, steering audio controls and remote tailgate release while Premium variant add extras such as 17-inch alloy wheels (16-inch for Executive variant), cruise control, auto climate control, 2 tweeters, paddle shifter, auto headlamps and wiper, push-start button, front parking sensor and reverse camera.

Proton has paid a lot of attention in the safety department. The Suprima S is designed to score 5-star in the Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). Standard safety features across the range are ABS, EBD, Traction Control with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ISOFIX and Proton-first (in Malaysia) 6 airbags! Premium variant gets additional Hill Hold Assist and electronic gear shift lock.

Price wise, the Suprima S is priced on-the-road from RM76,688 for the Executive variant to RM79,988 for the Premium variant. 5-year warranty as well as 5-year free road assist programme are incorporated to provide better after sales support.

Personal opinion
  • The rear end design is a little cluttered to my liking. Lines are not intersected tidily. 
  • Same design for both 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheel. We need a measuring tape here! How are we going to differentiate both variants from afar?
  • The current global trend of car manufacturers is to reduce the weight as well as improve the fuel consumption of their new car. However, this does not apply to the Suprima S. The Suprima S gained weight (and unfortunately, fuel consumption) albeit it has a smaller footprint compared to its sedan counterpart, the Preve.
  • Pricing is spot on given the substantial amount of equipment and safety features provided, but it is inevitable that buyers will compare the Suprima S to smaller non-national made hatchback (the upcoming facelifted Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2 etc.) which are priced in similar price range.
  • It is worth it to go for the Premium variant which is dearer than the Executive variant by RM3k. By paying the extra RM3k, you'll get leather seats, paddle shifter, reverse camera and many other goodies.
  • Is an entry-level Suprima S coming? It could be named as 'Suprima' without the suffix 'S'. A cheaper Suprima S would be great!
  • Finally, Proton understand what its buyers want by providing the good handling, necessary equipment and safety features. Kudos! The only thing Proton need to put more effort into is its quality. Hopefully it gets better in the Suprima S. 

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HenRy LeE said...

Not sure if they tested the crash test with the exact car model or they changed it with a more well built model in order to get Ancap 5 star. With that price can buy an Inspira weih! I don't know what marketing strategy Proton is coming up with. Now what they gonna do with the Inspira stock? Put out some discount promotion again? lol... yeah a basic model would be nice but hopefully below 70k la or else ppl would rather go for ford fiesta

SiMon Har said...

Henry: Well, Inspira is always low in sales even since its launch. But still, Inspira is a Lancer, a legend!

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