In a recent discussion with Proton’s chief technical officer, Abdul Rashid Musa, he revealed to us that apart from theelectric/ hybrid power potential of the Iriz we reported on earlier, and the likely R3 Iriz to come, rolling out new internal combustion engines is high on the carmaker’s to-do list – particularly direct-injection and forced-induction mills were given the nod.
Speaking about the future of Proton’s powertrain developments, the technical chief seemed keen to remind us of its long-done deal with Petronas, which saw Proton purchase not only a set of Petronas’ engines, but also 117 patents and seven engine technologies.
The deal for this took place some two years ago, with Proton wanting to continue where Petronas left off when they decided to leave the business of co-developing the engines in 2010.
Fast forward to today, and the current buzz around Proton has brought about new rumours of what could come, with Rashid himself nodding in approval when asked if direct-injection mills, along with turbocharged petrol and diesel were actual possibilities.
He also mentioned that all of these new engines would achieve sub-6.0-litre/100km (16.6km/litre) fuel-consumption figures, something which the Iriz’s new VVT engine came very close to during our recent media drive.