22 September 2010
Please note these were prediction from January 2009, of what the Lancer-based Waja replacement would look, and is definitely NOT how the new Proton will look. Unofficial picture of the actual Waja-replacement model was already published on 18 September 2010.
Also please get the facts right and not criticise Proton of copying or stealing Mitsubishi design (refer quote of news beneath).
Proton Holdings Bhd and Mitsubishi Motors Corp have agreed on a product collaboration that would see Proton source a vehicle from Japan to replace the Waja and Mitsubishi take the Persona and Proton’s upcoming MPV (multi purpose vehicle) to be marketed as Mitsubishis in certain markets.
It’s likely Mitsubishi will provide the Lancer to Proton, to replace the Waja (Impian in UK). Rumour has it that the vehicle would pretty much be a Lancer with only minor changes to the design. I did two fronts, as the first rendering (above) with a Fiat Bravo treatment looks too round and doesn’t blend with the rest of the design, I did the second rendering (below) with a Volvo-inspired nose, and both with Proton Persona’s side mirror.
I thought the rear would look nice with Volvo S80-like lights.
This was also my first interior chop. Nothing much though, just added in the Proton steering wheel.