Proton has unveiled a new ‘race inspired’ R3 Super Premium version of its new Suprima S small hatch, with added sports styling details to sit above the existing Suprima S GXR range-topper.
Shown at the Proton Sales carnival in Malaysia this week, the R3 Super Premium gains unique 17-inch alloys and redesigned front and rear bumpers and sideskirts.
The R3 Super Premium is otherwise mechanically identical to the existing $19,790 (drive away) Suprima GX and $24,590 (drive away) GXR, including the 103kW/205Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine.
Also like the GX and GXR, the R3 Super Premium was unveiled with a CVT auto, with a six-speed manual due to be added to the lineup later this year.
Speaking at the Suprima S R3 Super Premium’s unveiling, Proton’s Deputy CEO Dato’ Lukman described the new model as the Malaysian brand’s “most comprehensively equipped model in terms of performance, styling, safety, driving dynamics and sophistication.”
“The new variant will open up the Suprima S to a specific market segment that would cater to customers who give priority to car specifications,” Lukman added.
Like the Suprima S GXR, the R3 Super Premium will be equipped with leather trim, cruise control, push-button start, paddle shifters and a reversing camera as standard.
Local pricing for the Proton Suprima S R3 Super Premium will be announced when it arrives in Australian showrooms later this year.
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