Proton reveals a crossover version of its new world car the Iriz. Meet the Proton Iriz Active concept.

PROTON HAS REVEALED its Proton Iriz Active concept only a month or so after it released its new global city car the Proton Iriz which will arrive in Australia sometime in 2015.

Designed to show the flexibility of the new modular platform under the Iriz, Proton says its Iriz Active concept invokes “freedom of mobility”. According to reports, Proton used the unveiling of the concept car at a local event in Malaysia to gauge public opinion before deciding on whether to put it into production.

Similar to a Subaru XV, the Iriz Active concept wears contrasting coloured body ‘armour’ (the colour combination is Orange Zest and Earth Grey) gets a 30mm body lift, and tow hooks at the back, it rides on 17-inch alloys wrapped in Toyo Proxes 205/45/R17 tyres. The blacked-out C-pillars are designed, ah-la Range Rover, to give the Iriz Active a floating roof.

Eschewing LEDs for its daytime running lights, the Iriz Active gets electroluminescent film strips courtesy of collaboration between electronic giant LG and Proton. Proton has also let LGs boffins loose on the car’s interior, adding a 13.3-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch display replacing the traditional gauge set. A wireless smartphone charger has also been fitted.

The Iriz Active concept also teases Proton’s new autonomous emergency braking system which has been designed by LG. Via cameras mounted at the front, the system scans the road ahead for potential obstacles and pedestrians.

Given Australia’s love of SUVs, it makes sense that if the Iriz Active did make it into production that Proton Australia would fall over itself to sell it here. What do you think? Would you buy one? See you in the comments.


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