It has been a long time coming, Proton P2-30A finally shows its interior. Spotted by Paultan European correspondent, and leaked by Funtasticko we can now see how the interior is made-up. It is quite a relieve, albeit prematurely as there is nothing glaringly wrong about the interior design. Up to the class norm one would say.
The overall layout pretty conventional with typical placement of switchgear, with no out-of-the-box stuff like high mounted meter or centrally mounted binnacle, but Proton has joined the bandwagon of 2DIN screen based audio system as per the rest of the world. Clearly visible is the audio system mounted higher-up, flanks by the vertically arrange aircond outlet. As per Proton tradition, the centre console is painted.
Several components from parts bin can be spotted. The door inside handle for example is carried over from Proton Preve, which succeeds the older item fitted to Proton Persona (& Exora) and Saga BLM. Although barely visible from this perspective, I think the power window switch panel could come from Preve too. Steering wheel button is also looks similar to the aforementioned latest Proton model.
Other details are now known too. The aircond is manual type, not surprising for this el-cheapo class. However, the rotary dials is an all-new item instead of based on the current car. With the older Proton Savvy, Proton has gone very adventurous with the meter with funky housing and coloring, but its all conventional this time around. However, it is stylish no doubt. For the audio console, finally the blank panel of Proton Preve is no more, now that the row of buttons are nicely arranged beneath the audio system. This is the multi-surface centre console things I mummed about when criticizing the slabby Preve dashboard.
Standard and Premium models will be offered, at least from the seats upholstery point of view. Normal fabric and leather will be available, depending on trim level.
So far so good. Lets hope Proton is really up to scratch now as it is already 2014 and one can’t afford to have a long inception with no real signal for growth. I hope this is THE CAR. The recent offerings are marred by non-global stuff like un-proportionate styling and inefficient fuel consumption (9.1 L/100km for god sake). I hope Proton nailed it this time.