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Proton Suprima S

Suprima S

1 Nov 2013

Proton tried to move into a move premium space and lose its bargain basement image with the Suprima S in late 2013, pitching the Malaysian-built hatch well above that of its rivals, including the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.

The strategy didn't work with a just a handful of the cars finding homes in its first couple of years on sale before Proton, wisely, dropped the price.

Based on the Preve sedan, the Suprima S was offered in two specifications – GX and GXL – both powered by the same 103kW/205Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit that was used in the Exora and GXR versions of the Preve.

The Suprima S did, however, come with a generous standard features list including front and rear foglights, rear parking sensors, brake assist, Bluetooth, audio controls on the steering wheel and air-conditioning, while the GXL added a 7.0-inch touchscreen, DVD player, paddle shifters, leather steering wheel, cruise control and push button start.

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