Proton the Malaysian automanufacturer may not really be the biggest of names worldwide but in the indegenous market it holds the numero uno position. Proton Exora SP was launched by the Malaysian automaker Proton in the year 2009. After threefacelifts, the latest generation of this 7-seater compact MPV was launched in the year 2015 with some refinements. This vehicle comes embeding a 1.6-litre engine with CPS/CFE engine and MT, AT and CVT transmissions to match with the requirements of its buyers. Some of the features vary in trims with different engines and transmission. Despite the fact that Exora is nothing much to look at, it embeds all the basic features which makes it a complete drive, the MPV truly is a vehicle which is “designed to sell”.
Engine, mileage & variants
As such, this MPV is launched under a total of 5 variants with the major disquisition being in terms of engine and the types of transmissions to go with it. All these variants across Exora house 1.6-litre engine with two different technology to deliver appropriate power. This petrol engine with CPS (with M/T & A/T) delivers a peak power of 93 kW at 6500 rpm alongside a peak torque of 150 Nm at 4500 rpm. The engine with CFE technology (CVT transmission) churns a maximum power of 103 kW at 5000 rpm and a maximum torque measuring to 205 Nm between a range of 2000 and 4000 rpm. Coming on to the acceleration, the CPS engine with MT takes 12.9 seconds with a top speed of 170 km/hr and CPS with AT takes a hefty 15.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 165 km/hr. The CFE engine with CVT accelerates in 11.6 seconds with a top speed of 185 km/hr. The acceleration and pick up is measured from a stationary position to reaching the 100 km/hr on speedometer. This 1.6-litre petrol engine of Exora covers 7.0-7.2 L/100 km.
Talking about the exterior of Exora, this compact MPV has decent dimensions to accommodate 7 passengers. This Proton proton stands at 4592 mm at length, 1809 mm at width and 1691 mm at height. The wheelbase measures at 2730 mm and ground clearance is measured at 155 mm. Trims with 1.6-litre CPS engine are employed with 15-inch alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 tires while trims with 1.6-litre CFE engine have 16-inch alloy wheels along with 205/55 R16 for a good grip on road. When it comes to designing, the contemporary posture doesn't really bring anything new to the table however a sporty grille and front lamps are a welcome addition. Other features employed to complete the external look of this MPV are side skirting, rear spoiler, side protector molding and electric door mirror with electric fold.
Coming to the interior Proton Exora flaunts a decent cabin space with its comfortable and stylish looking seats. These seats come with fabric/leather upholstery and height adjustment facility for the driver. The steering wheel has leather covering for a better look to match with the interior of this MPV. Entertainment of the occupants is also considered while traveling in this vehicle and so MP3, CD /DVD player and Bluetooth facilities are provided. Talking about the boot-space of Proton Exora, an all seats up volume measuring 132-litres doesn't really do any good to anybody. However to accommodate its occupants' luggage, this boot space can be enhanced with a 60:40 split folding in middle row and 50:50 split folding in third row.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Proton Exora is loaded with various safety and security features such as 4 SRS airbags for the optimum protection of all the passengers. This MPV has Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control so that the vehicle may not lose its control on slippery lanes and deliver a safe and smooth drive at any terrain. When it comes to braking, this MPV has got disc brakes at its front and drum brakes at its rear pair of tires. The McPherson suspension at front and Torsion Beam suspension at rear wheels ensure that the vehicle is handled well even at high speeds.
Proton Exora is a 7-seater family MPV with decent interior and exterior. Probably the biggest positive to draw out of Exora is its decent price tag, and employment of everything necessary to make it a big hit on the market. However, there is nothing much for the specification enthusiasts as there isn't really any particular segment where the Exora truly excels.