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Proton Preve at the motor show

Turbocharging comes as a fresh blast of air to Proton and literally boosts its new sedan and people mover ranges. The show is the debut for the Preve (pronounced prevay) sedan in GX and turbocharged GXR versions.

Proton Australia’s general manager of sales and marketing Billy Falconer says the Preve is the first of Proton’s new generation cars. The Preve GX is powered by Proton’s 1.6-litre Campro engine mated to a five-speed manual. A CVT automatic, with six preset ratios will be optional.

The car, which will be priced under $20,000 and goes on sale directly after the show, has an expansive feature and safety list. This includes 16-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, park sensors, LE D tail lights, electronic stability control and six airbags.

The GXR version, with its turbocharged engine giving it the grunt of a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, comes along in a few months. It will be the first in the Proton fleet to be fitted with a seven-speed ProTronic CVT with steering-mounted paddle shifters.

Additional features in the GX include push-button engine start, automatic airconditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, leather interior, satellite navigation and electric folding mirrors. It’s the sort of offering to make people pay attention.