2008 Proton Gen-2

The GEN-2 hatchback also benefits from a new sporty interior with red trim on the seats, doors and steering wheel as well as a re-designed dashboard and handbrake. There’s also a redesigned glove box for added comfort and convenience. Customers who choose the GLS model will benefit from a new cloth interior, whereas those opting for the 1.6 GSX model can expect leather seats. The latest GEN-2 has inherited a number of features from the GEN-2 Persona launched in March 2008, such as automatic central locking, remote operated boot release and door mounted window switches.

And it’s not just the inside that’s undergone a serious makeover. The new GEN-2 GSX model ups the sophistication level with its sweeping curves accentuated by a new rear spoiler, front and rear skirting. New alloy wheels and race-inspired black-backed headlamps complete the look. An aggressive bumper and grille on all models gives the GEN-2 maximum aerodynamic advantage.

Entertainment is provided by an integrated Blaupunkt radio/CD player with RDS and a four way speaker system. Also available as standard across the range are steering wheel mounted audio controls. A Bluetooth hands-free kit which works through the audio system can also be fitted as an accessory.

The GEN-2’s 1.3 or 1.6 litre Lotus engineered CamPro engine delivers a maximum output of 110bhp and 148Nm of torque. To support this, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution is standard along with side impact bars, crumple zones and anti-roll bar. Reverse distance sensors and power assisted steering on all GEN-2 models also help to deliver a stress-free drive. While away from the car, an engine immobiliser, alarm with ignition lock protection and remote central locking will all add to the peace of mind motoring. All Proton vehicles including the GEN-2 have a 6 year/ 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 3 year/ 60,000 mile total vehicle warranty and three years free RAC cover.

Add to this the benefit of Lotus engineered handling and the GEN-2 is hard to resist, with prices starting at just £8,995 OTR. Plus at participating dealers, customers can currently get a GEN-2 GLS model with £500 off the list price or a huge £1,000 off the list price on the GSX models.

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