The Proton Perdana is a line of four-door mid-size saloon cars made and sold by the Malaysian car company Proton from 1995 to 2010 and 2013 to 2020. The first-generation Proton Perdana was created in a partnership involving Proton and Mitsubishi Motors and is a badge-engineered seventh-generation Mitsubishi Eterna. From 1995 until 2013, about 80,000 first-generation Proton Perdana vehicles were sold. Proton and Honda Motor Company, Ltd. worked together to make the second generation of the Proton Perdana. It is an eighth-generation Honda Accord with a Proton badge. Proton calls the 2013–2020 versions of the Proton Perdana the third and fourth generations.
History of the Proton Perdana
First Generation Proton Perdana (1995-2010)
Proton Perdana (1995-1998)
After the success of its B-segment Proton Saga and C-segment Proton Wira, both of which were released in 1985 and 1993, Proton saw a need for a larger, more opulent D-segment automobile. When it went on sale on January 26, 1995, the Proton Perdana was the first car made in Malaysia that could compete with cars like the Honda Accord, Nissan Cefiro, and Toyota Camry. The Perdana was the third vehicle to come out of Proton's long-running partnership with Mitsubishi Motors. It used the same seventh-generation Mitsubishi Eterna platform as the Japanese domestic market version, differing primarily in cosmetic details. The Perdana was available with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission, both of which were powered by Mitsubishi's 4G63 16-valve 2.0L I4 multi-point fuel-injected engine. However, the manual version was phased out in 1996. Initially selling for roughly RM85,000, there have been rumors of recent second-hand Perdana units gaining by as much as 12%, to around RM95,000. The Perdana received a minor facelift in 1997 that included a chrome-plated grille, new exterior colors, updated alloy wheels, and improved interior materials.
Proton Perdana V6 (1998-2010)
The Proton Perdana V6 was first shown to the public on November 12, 1998, at the Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil. The Proton Perdana V6 is mechanically identical to the standard Perdana but is powered by a more powerful 24-valve Mitsubishi 6A12 2.0L V6. Aside from Malaysia, Proton also sold the Perdana V6 in Singapore (on June 22, 1999) and neighboring Brunei on June 11, 1999. On January 26, 2003, the Perdana V6 received a major redesign. In total, Proton sold over 77,178 Perdanas. The Proton Perdana V6 Executive is an extended wheelbase variant that offers an additional 254 cm (10 in) in the rear passenger compartment. It was manufactured by Automotive Conversion Engineering (ACE), a subsidiary of Edaran Otomobil Nasional (EON) that focuses on advancing limousines and TD2000 cars. The only places the Perdana was available for purchase were in its home country and its immediate neighbors. However, Proton sent a small number of Perdana and Perdana V6 models to the United Kingdom for use by the company's most senior British personnel.
Second Generation Proton Perdana (2013–2020)
The much-anticipated second-generation Proton Perdana was officially introduced on December 11, 2013, at an event held in Putrajaya. It was formally branded as the Proton Perdana, although local media have called it the New-look Proton Perdana. As a result, the second-generation Perdana is Proton's second vehicle to employ a previously established nameplate (after the Saga). The government received 3,000 new Perdanas over two years to phase out the older models. A 2.0L and a 2.4L Perdana were introduced. There have also been 3 custom long-wheelbase variants made. The initial phase of production yielded approximately 3,000 units of the second-generation vehicle to replace the outdated first-generation Perdana fleet used by government employees and officials. By 2015, at least one P4-90B prototype had been finished. Proton's chairman, Mahathir Mohamad, has stated that they have brought in an undisclosed aircraft business that can design automobiles to assist in the creation of the P4-90B. There is also talk that Mahathir has a P4-90B prototype in his custody and has been personally evaluating it.
On June 14, 2016, Proton released a considerably updated version of the Proton Perdana based on the eighth-generation Honda Accord in Malaysia. The Argentine envoy to Malaysia suggested exporting the Perdana to Argentina on July 15, 2016, meaning the car may find a large audience. In April 2020, it was stated that sales of the Perdana would be discontinued.
For the 2018 model year, Proton retailed the Proton Perdana with a starting MSRP of RM 103,927 for the base 2.0L variant and RM 126,849 for the top-of-the-line 2.4L variant.
- 2.0L - RM 103,927 (RM 111,400 or $23,692 in 2022)
- 2.4L - RM 126,849 (RM 135,970 or $28,917 in 2022)
Features of the Proton Perdana
The 2018 Proton Perdana is not simply a rebadged version of the eighth-generation Honda Accord, on which it is substantially based. While both generations of Accord share a standard platform, the new car's design is strikingly different from its predecessors, the Honda Accord, save for the roofline. The flagship's front headlamps are sculpted uniquely to match the new, streamlined exterior appearance, which features chrome accents around the grill and bumper. Despite being much longer than the Honda Accord, the Proton Perdana has lovely proportions. The fastback silhouette created by the sloping roof is sleek and sophisticated, making this a trendy car design. There's a lot of unnecessary chrome trim on the back bumper, and those faux exhaust outlets are really nasty.
The Proton Perdana's exterior is distinctive, but the same cannot be said of its cabin. The inside is virtually identical to the eighth-generation Honda Accord, except for a Proton logo on the steering wheel. Since interior quality has never been Proton's strong suit, minimal Japanese durability might not be such a terrible thing, despite the car's outmoded aesthetic. The Honda's indestructible cabin will last a lifetime. However, the Proton Perdana's absence of a digital instrument screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto makes it less appealing to modern consumers because of the competition's trend toward innovation with more access and connectivity. Even while the interior's wood accents and beige color combination aren't to everyone's taste, the roominess it provides is unmatched.
- Auto Cruise
- Auto Headlamp
- Front and Rear Sensors
- Reversing Camera
- 4 Airbags
- Seat Belt Pre-tensioner
- Load Limiter System
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) (2.4L variant only)
Specs and Performance of the Proton Perdana
The Proton Perdana continues to use the tried-and-true Honda i-VTEC engine; the 4-cylinder SOHC 2.0L unit generates a good 156 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 139 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. Compared to the 4-cylinder DOHC 2.4 L engine, it generates 178 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 164 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. This highly developed engine achieves an excellent balance between power and fuel economy. Both versions use a 5-speed automatic gearbox to send power to the front wheels. Quick and smooth gear changes are standard, and the optional paddle shifter adds a sporty touch for drivers who like to rev their engines. Dimension-wise, the Proton Perdana measures 4,998 mm (196.8 in) long, 1,845 mm (73 in) wide, and 1,475 mm (58 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 2,800 mm (110 in), and it has a curb weight of 3,384 lbs (1,535 kg).
The Proton Perdana was released from 1995 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2020 in two generations. It was discontinued in April 2020.