Proton Gen-2 already in UAE as 2012 model
Proton, Malaysia’s national carmaker, was first made available in the UAE more than a decade ago. Using Mitsubishi-derived designs and engines, the two models never made waves, quickly disappearing long before we were even out of college. Now, it looks like Proton is preparing a comeback with their Gen-2 model.
These pictures were sent in by reader Sree P. and taken by Pradeep B. at the shipping yard in Dubai. Proton is already available in Saudi Arabia, for many years now.
The Proton Gen-2 isn’t even close to being a new model though. It debuted way back in 2004, so it is already ancient by compact-segment standards. Available in sedan or hatchback form, the Gen-2 is powered by a 110 hp 1.6-litre engine, developed in-house, while the suspension tuning was done by Lotus, the British sportscar company that is owned by the Malaysians. A 95 hp 1.3-litre might also become available, all with 4-speed automatics.
The UAE dealer, which also handles Chevrolet, hasn’t made any official announcements yet, and pricing is still unknown, although we’d estimate a base price below Dhs 50,000 to keep it competitive.
Keep track of updates in the Proton Gen-2 buyer guide.