PROTON PERSONA (1994 - )
PROTON PERSONA (1994 - )
4-Door Saloon, 5-Door Hatchback.
SIZE: (3 Door) 3990 x 1698, (4 Door) 4360 x 1690, (5 Door) 4270 x 1690
RELIABILITY: Mitsubishi mechanicals are no problem but low to mid milers with history are the best buy for dependability.
HISTORY: NOV 1993 Persona front-drive Saloons and 5-door Hatchbacks launched: 1.5 GLi and GLSi (12 valve, 89 bhp); 1.6 XLi and SEi (16 valve, 111 bhp), with 5-speed gearbox (3-speed automatic option on 1.5 GLSi; 4-speed automatic option on 1.6 SEi), independent front and multi link rear suspension, power assisted steering (except 1.5 GLi). 1.5 models have disc brakes and rear anti roll bar. 1.5 GLi has electric headlamp adjustment, remote boot and fuel filler releases, 4-speaker audio and remote adjustable mirrors. 1.5 GLSi has central locking and sunroof. 1.6 XLi similar to 1.5 GLSi plus electric windows and mirrors and 6-speaker audio.
OCT 1995 Compact 3-door range launched; 1.3 GLi (12 valve, 74 bhp); 1.5 GLSi (12 valve, 89 bhp); and 1.6 SEi (16 valve, 111 bhp), with 5-speed gearbox (3-speed automatic option in 1.5 GLSi, 4-speed automatic option on 1.5 SEi, independent front and multi link rear suspension (rear anti roll bar on 1.6), power assisted brakes on 1.5 and 1.6, disc/drum brakes on 1.3 and 1.5, disc brakes on 1.6. Equipment on GLi includes; tinted glass, split folding rear seat, immobiliser, rev counter and 2-speaker audio; GLSi also has glass sunroof, central locking, driver's airbag (optional on GLi) and 4-speaker audio; SEi also has electric front windows and door mirrors, front bucket seats, height adjustable driver's seat, rear spoiler, air conditioning and uprated audio.
APR 1996 Revised Saloon and 5-door Hatchbacks launched; 1.5 GLSi, 1.6 XLi, 1.8 SEi (114 bhp) and 2.0 SDi (64 bhp), with new grille and rear lights, alloy wheels and revised interior. 1.5 GLSi and 1.6 XLi have electric front windows. 1.8 SEi has air conditioning.
JUL 1996 Compact 1.3 LSi launched, mechanically similar to 1.3 GLi but with power assisted steering, airbag, body-colour bumpers, height adjustable driver's seat. Revisions to Compact: 1.5 GLSi now has electronic front windows, driver's seat height adjustment, body colour mirrors; 1.6 SEi now has anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels, front fog lamps on 1.6 SEi. 1.5 GLSi 'Special' Saloon launched.
AUG 1996 Limited edition (of 400) 1.8 SRi Saloon and 5-door Hatchback (both DOHC 133 bhp) launched in UK.
APR 1997 2.0 TDi (80 bhp) Saloon and Hatchback launched. Special edition 'Penang' 1.6 Compact, 1.8 Saloon and 1.8 Hatchback launched.
SEP 1997 1.8 Coupe (133 bhp, 5-speed) launched in UK. Equipment: alloy wheels, rear spoiler, electric sunroof, electric front windows, electric mirrors, central locking, power assisted steering, Recaro front seats, airbag and immobiliser.
FEB 1998 Special edition Compact 1.3 'Duo' launched.
JUL 1998 Special edition 'Trio' models launched.
SEP 1998 Special edition 'Sprint' models launched.
APR 1999 2.0 TDi GLS and SE models launched. 4-speed automatic optional on 1.6 XLi. 1.8 16v Evolution Coupe launched with uprated sports specification.
COMMENTS: Improvement on the MPI, this Mitsubishi based medium sized Saloon and Hatchback are practical but still bland. Uncomfortable ride on rough roads but lots of family modern car for the money.