This car effectively replaces the current Persona but it is actually a car segment smaller. It is now a B segment car instead of a C segment car previously. The car is based on the Iriz platform but it has been lengthened and tweaked. The 1.6liter VVT engine is the same one fitted to the Iriz hatchback but there have been certain tweaks made to the ECU and the also on the CVT transmission so that it is more refined. This new car also features redesigned engine mounting and extra work done to further bring down NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) levels within the car.
Flaws. A senior journo did notice that the rear parcel shelf was sitting slightly higher than the rear seat back. It did make the rear shelf look slightly awkward. Maybe more of a depression would make it look more integrated. You will see this in the car when it is launched. Not a deal breaker. The rest of the car is decent enough. Even the styling can't be faulted much. I find it a subjective matter but if you do want a comment from me, I think it still looks better than that Almera thingy.
Update: the all-new Proton Persona has been launched and is now available for booking at all authorised dealers. With 3 years Free Service (Parts & Labour) for bookings made by 30th September 2016!
UPDATE 2: The Proton Persona 1.6 Premium SE CVT Test Drive is HERE.