Proton Inspira (codename P3-90A) is a replacement model for Proton Waja, set to be launched on November 10 2010 bringing to close the Waja’s 10 year life cycle. Inspira comes with 2.0 Litre Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters controlling six virtual gear ratios, 1.8 Litre CVT and 1.8 Litre manual. Prices begin at about RM80,000 for the 1.8 manual while the 2.0 litre CVT is expected to fetch RM95,000.
The Lancer is known as a pleasantly spacious car in its class, especially for those seated at the rear, but perhaps the major difference between the Lancer and the Proton is the front grille. While the Lancer’s is sloped inwards at the bottom, it’s the opposite for the Proton.
The 2.0 litre CVT gets some classier-looking simulated wood trim panels and climate control for the air conditioning- which eliminates the fiddling in getting the temperature right.
The lighting clusters share the same external shapes as the Mitsubishi but differ in the internal finishing. The fog lights come from Ralliart, Mitsubishi’s high performance and motorsports division.
All engines have aluminium blocks that are derived from Mitsubishi MIVEC engines with variable valve timing technology. The Proton Inspira is aimed mostly for age between 25 to 40 years old.