Proton Inspira

The Proton Inspira is a four-door compact saloon produced by Malaysian automobile manufacturer Proton which launched on 10 November 2010. It is sold exclusively in Malaysia as a rebadged ninth generation and current Mitsubishi Lancer as the result of a collaboration betweenMitsubishi Motors and Proton. The Inspira succeeded the Proton Waja, and complements the indigenously-designed Proton Prevé in the Malaysian market.
Inspira is the Spanish word for Inspire. Second generation of Proton.

Also called
2010 – present
Model years
2010 – present
Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Kōka, Shiga, Japan (powertrains)
Proton Waja
Compact car / C-segment
Body style
4-door saloon
5-speed manual
6-speed INVECS-III CVT automatic
6-speed INVECS-III CVT Manumatic
2,635 mm (103.7 in)
4,570 mm (179.9 in)
1,760 mm (69.3 in) (Overall)
1,490 mm (58.7 in) (Overall)
Curb weight
1,310–1,350 kg (2,900–3,000 lb)


Proton Inspira 2.0
The Mitsubishi-made engine of the Inspira
Proton renewed a technological transfer agreement with Mitsubishi Motors, an agreement that in the mid-1980s was fundamental to Proton’s origins. Mitsubishi would get the Exora for rebadge in Japan under them as fair technology sharing.
With the coming of Inspira, many were delighted that they could buy a Japanese model at a cheaper price. To prove this, 1,100 orders were received within the first 10 days after dealers began accepting bookings for the Inspira. Price-wise, the Inspira costs significantly less than the Lancer in Malaysia because it is made locally, whereas the Mitsubishi is imported as a CBU from Japan. Not only are import duties lower, but the investment Proton made to produce the model locally entitles it to financial incentives that allow it to bring down retail prices. Such incentives are offered to any company that makes its vehicles in Malaysia, but Proton gets a big chunk because it has the biggest investments, including R&D.
However, Proton has been criticised because taking advantage of their relationship with Mitsubishi Motors. This is because Proton has added Lotus handling and auto-cruise to the Proton Inspira that makes it more value for money. The Inspira has a Mitsubishi powertrain with a 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre MIVEC engines paired with CVTs. The Malaysian-market Lancer is only offered in 2.0-litre model mated with CVT, making it heads on with Inspira 2.0. However, based on data in both Mitsubishi Malaysia and Proton, Inspira engine gets 110 kW power (contrary to 114 kW on Lancer's), as well as 197Nm torque (slightly less than Lancer's 199Nm), both in the same engine rpm of 6,000 and 4,250 respectively. Furthermore, Inspira gets 16 inch alloy wheels mated with 205/60 tyres while Lancer received larger and wider 18 inch wheels on 215/45 tyres.
Proton group managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir has reportedly said that it would cost Proton as much as RM700mil (USD230mil) to develop a new car from the ground up but only half the amount via its collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors. This enables the Proton Inspira to be marketed at a cheaper price.


Powertrain engine and performance
MIVEC, 4 Cylinder, DOHC 16V
Maximum Speed (km/h)
202 km/h (126 mph)
Acceleration 0–100 km/h (sec)
10 seconds
Maximum Output
103 hp (77 kW) / 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque
177 Nm (131 lbft) / 4250 rpm
Full tank capacity (Litre)
Tyres & Rims
205/60 R16 92H & Alloy – 16" x 6.5JJ
Power Steering
Hydraulic Power Steering
Suspension (Front/Rear)
Macpherson strut with Stabiliser Bar/Multilink Coil Spring with Stabiliser Bar
Brake (Front/Rear)
Vent Disc 15"/Solid Disc 14

Proton Jebat

"Jebat" - Inspira Concept Car was revealed at the 2010 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show at the Putra World Trade Centre in Malaysia. This is where Proton, revealed a host of concept models including a sporty prototype of the recently launched Inspira called the Jebat. Needless to say, it's clearly inspired from the Mitsubishi Lancer.
The Jebat study features a wide body kit with blistered wheel arches and splashes of matte black paint all around the car. Power is provided by a turbocharged 4-cylinder MiVEC engine producing 237HP (177 kW) at 6,000rpm and 343Nm of peak torque at 3,000rpm.
Proton has announced that the Jebat completes the standard 0–100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 5.6 seconds and tops out at 232 km/h.


  • 2nd Place (Family Cars Category) at the Asian Auto Fuel Efficiency Award 2010
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Last updated on 23 August 2013 at 13:31.


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