2021 Proton Persona launched from RM 45,200, manual discontinued

2021 Proton Persona launched from RM 45,200, manual discontinued

The 2021 Proton Persona has been launched in Malaysia, starting at a price of RM 45,200. With the manual variant discontinued, the new Persona is offered in 3 variants.

Variant Price (without SST)
1.6L Standard CVT RM 45,200
1.6 L Executive CVT RM 50,100
1.6 L Premium CVT RM 54,900

Like the older Persona, the 2021 Proton Persona is still powered by the same 109 PS/150 Nm 1.6-litre CamPro VVT engine. It is also still paired with a CVT. Still largely the same gearbox, the CVT has been tweaked to give the sensation of 5 fixed gear ratios.

Exterior changes

Exterior changes are not drastic. The new Proton Persona gets LED headlights, new bumpers, and a new grille that has returned the chrome piece to the pre-infinite-weave position.

Other than the smoked taillamps, the Persona also gets new wheels, with the premium version sitting on 16-inch alloys.

Interior changes

Things have been upgraded on the inside with the premium variant receiving an 8-inch floating touchscreen with an upgraded ‘Hi, Proton’ voice command.


Other variants get the old 7-inch touchscreen from the pre-facelift version. Like the Iriz Active, the air con can be controlled via both voice and control knobs (with digital display).

The cabin also gets a new look thanks to new tan brown perforated leather seats and door trims.

It certainly gives off a more premium/executive feel in this B-segment saloon. With the ‘premium’ feel, the Persona also gets a proper armrest for the front row.

Curiously, the Proton Persona still receives a 5-start ASEAN NCAP rating despite the lack of active safety systems like AEB and Blind Spot assistance.

Related: 2021 Proton Iriz MC2 Facelift & Active Launched, Priced From RM 40,800

Arif Chan
With a deep interest and relevant experiences in the automotive industry, Arif writes about everything automotive. His employment history includes being an automotive engineer, a highway engineer, an alternative-fuel researcher, and a motoring journalist.