Proton has upped the ante in its quest for expansion in the Australian market by announcing a suite of new models to join its current local line-up.
The Malaysian brand will launch Australia's lowest-priced seven-seater, the Exora, which will arrive in two variants in showrooms next month.
A 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine will power both the entry-level Exora GX and top-spec GXR, generating 103kW and 205Nm of torque and mated to a six-speed CVT in each model.
For $25,990 drive-away, the GX will offer buyers a DVD player and 16-inch alloys among its standard features.
It's a significant saving on the current lowest-priced people mover in Australia, which is the Ssangyong Stavic at $29,990 drive-away.
Also standard for the two Exora models is a four-star ANCAP crash safety rating, which puts it alongside people-mover segment mainstays such as the Honda Odyssey and Kia Grand Carnival.
Proton has lifted its game in the safety stakes, with another of the company's new arrivals, the Suprima S hatch, also recently achieving a five-star rating.
The Suprima S is the hatch version of the Preve small sedan and has seen collaboration between Proton and Lotus.
It was unveiled in Malaysia and has a number of features appearing in a Proton for the first time, including an infotainment system with Android-based operating system, rear LED light guides, daytime running lights, hill-start assist, park assist and a seven-inch touch screen.
It's powered by the same engine as the Exora range, has a seven-speed CVT with paddle shifters and is available from December 1. A six-speed manual version will arrive early next year.
The Preve range will also grow, with the Preve GXR joining the Preve GX which hit dealerships earlier this year.
Like the Suprima S, the Preve GXR has a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol unit, benefits from Lotus- engineered ride and handling and has a five-star ANCAP safety rating. It is available from November.
As an added perk to the financially prudent, the new models all come with five-year capped-price servicing, five-year warranty and five-year roadside assist.
Pricing for the Preve GXR and the two Suprima S variants will be revealed closer to their release dates, though one can expect the Preve GXR to be roughly $2000-$3000 dearer than the $15,990 dive-away Preve GX.