During the Proton Ambassador Escapade, driving from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket, I had the chance to try the Proton Exora Bold. It’s the newest version of the company’s Exora line, and it’s heading to Indonesia in the coming months.
Luckily I can compare the newer version to the older version, because I own it.
The Proton Exora Bold uses the new Campro CFE engine, which is a 1.6 liter DOHC Campro engine with a turbocharger. This engine is combined with CVT transmission, which provides a smooth power delivery. The new engine has a higher power output of 138 horesepower at 5000 rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm at 2000 rpm to 4000 rpm. This is higher than the previous Campro CPS engine, which can only deliver a power output of 125 hp at 6500 rpm and maximum torque of 150Nm at 4500 rpm. With the new Campro CFE engine, the sluggish feel of the previous version is minimized. It’s smooth, but I do prefer the older autobox version, which gives you a better feel when accelerating and braking.
The car’s front bumper has side ventilation intakes to cool the intercooler, which gives the Exora a sportier look. The grill itself houses a different style of Proton Wing and gives it a more elegant look. And now, the car sits on 16-inch alloy wheels, has smoked LED tail lamps and a back diffuser on the bumper.
Inside, the darker leather seats and black dashboard are an improvement from the earlier gray version. Also, the new edition features electric folding mirrors, which helps with tight parking spots. If you look closely at the dashboard, even the indicators have changed. It now has a speedometer of up to 240 kilometers per hour, up from the previous 180 kph.
The new version still has the same audio system and steering-mounted audio switches. However, a new safety feature is the rearview camera.
Safety-wise, the Exora Bold still has that Lotus ride and handling feel, but it feels more stable than the previous version. This could also be because of the 16-inch alloy wheels. Other safety features include GT Radial Champiro BAX2 tires, double airbags, ABS-EBD, immobilizer and rear disc brakes to enhance stopping power of the car. And rear parking sensors assist you when parking.
Unfortunately, it is not clear yet what price of the Exora Bold will be. But it would be worth the wait considering you will be getting an MPV with sedan-like handling, good safety equipment and especially an engine, which can be fun to drive in traffic, particularly if you crank the radio.