Proton Gen.2 – 2012-2013 Proton Gen.2 – Review by Vehicle Traders | Proton Gen.2

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The Proton Gen.2 is a compact, 5-door hatchback manufactured by the Malaysian car manufacturer Proton, which was developed as part of Proton’s City development project. The vehicle was released to the market in the year 2004, and has been in production since then.

The car manufacturer avails two engine options which are the 1.3 L and 1.6 L engines in various markets. The 5-door hatchback comes with a wheelbase measuring 2600mm, a length of 4310mm and a height and width of 1435mm and 1725 respectively. The Gen.2 takes on a kerb weight of 1190kg and the vehicle is simulated to the Proton Persona and the Chery A3 hatchback.

The vehicle is in its first generation and the vehicle was developed by Lotus, which is owned by Proton.

Three models are available to the South African market through Proton South Africa and these are the GL Facelift 5-speed manual, the GLX 5-speed manual and the GLX Facelift 5-speed manual. The GLX 5 speed manual and GLX Facelift 5-speed Manual models both take on similar features. All the three engines makes use of the 1.6 L engine and adopt the multi point fuel injection and also take on an array of four cylinders.

All three engines use premium unleaded petrol for quality performance and engine longevity. All the three models are capable of a maximum power of 82kW at 6000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 148Nm at 4000 rpm. The fuel tank capacity of the three models is 50 liters and the combined fuel consumption is estimated at 7.1 L per 100km, providing drivers with over 700km of drive before an empty tank.

Carbon emission for the Proton Gen.2 is estimated at a favorable 170g/km and the 1.6 L engine on the three models has the audacity to propel the models to a top speed of 190km, with a record of 10.5 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100km/hr on the dashboard.

The three models all use a 5-speed manual transmission, provided on the local market by Proton South Africa. Easy control and handling of the car is provided by powers steering, with exceptional handling and the convenience of power features such as the electric windows, electric mirrors, auto locking system, the central locking and remote locking system.

Solid driving and stability is courtesy of the MacPherson struts, the coil springs, gas dampers and the stabilizer bar on the front suspension, coupled with the rear effort which features the multi link system, the coil springs, gas dampers with stabilizer bar. The braking of the vehicle is solid, provided by the Anti-Lock Brake system; front ventilated discs and rear solid discs. The Proton Gen.2 features 15 inch alloy wheels for that distinct sleek appearance.

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The Proton Gen.2 GL Facelift model’s vehicle weight is 1190kg and the model records a fully laden weight without towing of 1560kg, while the two GLX models do well with a fully laden weight (without towing) of 1580kg. The towing weight of the GL model is 1610kg while the GLX models can do with 1630kg. Much luggage can be carried on board the Proton Gen.2, provided by the boot capacity of 370 liters and 700 liters of boot capacity when the seats are down.

The vehicle provides for the seating of 5 persons.

Safety and security is not in any way compromised for anything; as it is prioritized by Proton for the safety of passengers and the driver. Both the driver and passengers are provided with genuine safety through the driver and passenger airbags, and the twin side airbags on the GLX models. Rear and front fog lights are featured on the GLX models coming as standard features, while the Electronic Brakeforce Distribution is standard across the three models.

The hosts of the vehicle have the comfort of the height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Other standard features for the maximum safety of the driver and passengers are the side impact protection bars, the rear front crumple zones, the Anti-Roll bar, the side protection strips and the ISOFIX child restraint fixing.

The interior of the Proton Gen.2 features instruments that include the computerized computer information system, the seatbelt warning light and buzzer, illuminated analog clock, the Pistol grip handbrake and the handbrake warning light. Security is courtesy of the many features that include the engine immobilizer, the remote central locking, the internal fuel release and the visible VIN plate. Entertainment in the car is provided by the 4 speaker sound system, a radio and CD player.

To ensure maximum benefit of ownership of the Proton Gen.2, the Malaysian car maker provides the vehicle with a 3 year/ 60,000km warranty across all the three models. A Roadside Assistance plan of 1 year is also on offer from Proton, supported by the much loved 3 year/ 75,000km comprehensive service plan. The Proton Gen.2 is one among the best vehicles that come endowed with high tech features and still remains affordable, and offers phenomenal benefits.

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