Proton S16 Launched in Australia
"S16 will be the only new four door sedan available in Australia for less than $16,000 and will outpoint low-cost hatches and three-door models by offering a 1.6 litre engine and great equipment levels," Billy Falconer, Proton Cars Australia said in a release.
The car is powered by a 1.6l twin cam Campro IAFM engine, developing 100 hp at 6,000 rpm. It provides a fuel consumption rating of 6.3l/100 km. The new sedan will come in only one trim level for now, namely the GX with manual transmission. A higher trim, the GX (automatic transmission) will be launched in early 2010, together with a GXR variant.
The GX offered now comes equipped with a 413 liter boot, AM/FM/CD audio system, power steering, air conditioning, remote central locking with immobilizer and alarm and drivers SRS airbag.
The GXR version to be released next year will boast the highest level of equipment on the S16 line, adding features like alloy wheels, reverse sensors and fog lamps as standard.
"Proton is known for its Lotus engineered ride and handling and strong styling and will now also be known for its market leading value. Our dealer network has embraced the new S16 already and there is a two month waiting list on dealer stock however customers can book a test drive ahead of the on sale date," Falconer added.