As for the price, the manual Standard model now costs RM59,998, Bold Executive MT at RM70,998, Bold Executive 4AT at RM74,998, Bold Premium (CFE + CVT) at RM79,998 and finally the Prime at RM88,998. For direct comparison with the current Exora, the Standard model is only RM1,000 dearer. Meanwhile the Bold Executive MT is RM5,450 more than current M-Line manual, while Bold Executive 4AT is RM4,450 dearer than the M-Line AT it succeeds. It is unfair to draw a comparison between Exora Bold Premium as it gets a host of improvement consisting of new soft-turbo engine, CVT, 4 wheel disc brakes and electrically folding side mirror.
|Proton Exora BOLD Premium front end - a complete fascia makeover|
|Proton Exora Prime features additional touch of class over the BOLD model|
|Identical rear end for BOLD and Prime. Rear combi drastically better than the overdone item on current Exora|
The biggest news that public has eagerly waited all this while is the much lauded turbocharged engine. Dubbed CFE, stands for Charged Fuel Efficiency, the new powertrain started its life some years back as Project Pheonix. The major objective of this project was to create an engine for high-torque application, while at the same time have to be fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. The engine is not merely a turbo-charged Campro, as adding a turbocharger results in higher combustion pressure in the cylinder, thus necessity a total revision to the cranktrain systems, coolant and lubricant circuit, as well as stronger cylinder head, block and bedplate. Even the stroke is 2mm shorter at 86mm, resulting in 36cc less in capacity at 1,561cc while maintaining a high (for turbo engine) compression ratio of 10.0. The engine is rated for Euro 4 and 5 too. The results is 138bhp@5000rpm and 205Nm is available between 2000-4000rpm. As can be seen below, there a fat chunk of maximum torque available between the afore-mentioned engine speed, and this range is precisely what the driving rpm is for most drivers. So one can imagine the CFE-equipped Exora can be more move around more swiftly at around town driving.
|Proton Exora Bold Premium interior. More brightwork than current model|
|Proton Exora Prime IP, note different seat and door trim color scheme. Dash gets walnut trim|
|Touch-screen navi, captain-seat 2nd row with headrest-mounted DVD screen|
The Proton Exora represent a good value for money with its sizable cabin space and the high level of standard equipment. At this price, the natural rivals are Nissan Grand Livina 1.6 which starts at RM86,800, the ladder-frame new Toyota Avanza 1.5S will cost RM79,590 and if you insist, Cherry Eastar can be yours for RM77,000. Those are dead meat, as the stiffest rival is the much smaller Perodua Alza which has consistently outsold Exora right from its birthday. Hopefully, this will change soon with this introduction of an improved Exora. There are also credible unregistered Japanese MPV king in Malaysia, the used-import Wish, which for 2006 unreg model, low-spec X model now hovering around RM100,000. However, despite the credible Japanese technology, it is an ageing model as the new generation has come out. The base X model has not much of equipment to talk about, read more about my review of Unreg Toyota Wish <HERE>.
The improved range of Proton Exora can now be seen at nationwide Proton dealership. Proton will also run Proton 4U day from 16-18 December where there's a gift awaiting those who test drive the new Exora. So you know what you should do if you like what you are seeing here, head to you nearest Proton dealership. Those in Klang Valley can refer Glenmarie sales agent at http://proton-sales.blogspot.com/ for more information of this new model.