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Satria Neo Interior Offers The Complete Package
The interior of the new Proton Satria Neo offers an impressive array of standard equipment in a comfortable and ergonomic environment, promising a safe and pleasant place for driver and passengers whether the trip is long or short.
Entering the Satria Neo cabin you immediately notice the attractive metallic greys and roar textures chosen to enhance the sporty feel of the interior while matching and complimenting the powerful exterior styling.
Well balanced design and reflecting its Lotus heritage the Satria Neo instrument gauge cluster is easy to read with a tachometer and speedometer around which the engine indicator icons give useful and easy to read information on engine status and other important items.
A stylish blue LED illumination matches the sporty luxury feel of the dash while an illumination dimmer wheel is located to the right of the steering wheel.
Satria Neo features an onboard computer that calculates distance to empty, average fuel consumption and journey time with the 50-litre tank.
The centre console has been designed with new elements and is highlighted by the sleek, modern gearshift cover, which gives a clean contemporary feel. Dual cup holders plus an interior 12-volt power supply socket to recharge electronic devices adds to the console's versatility.
The power window switches and the remote external mirror control are contained in the centre console for easy access and convenience.
On the dash itself the centre dash switches have also been re-designed to give a softer more tactile feel with an easy push to switch on and off.
The Blaupunkt customised and integrated audio system features the same blue LED display to match the instruments. The CD reader recognises MP3 format and will also play from an iPod using an optional cable connection.
The cabin is equipped with two front and two rear speakers for better sound staging and less distortion.
Air conditioning is standard on all Protons and the system on the Satria Neo has been tailored to match the design of the cabin. Proton has a long-standing reputation for powerful air conditioning systems to cope with the temperatures in tropical Malaysia. It offers immediate cooling on even the hottest of Australian days. The high spec GXR also comes standard with auto climate control.
The A/C controls are located in the centre of the dash, carrying over the same design cues first seen on the GEN.2 and the Savvy.
Sound deadening material has been strategically applied within the Satria Neo cabin to reduce noise intrusion, which combined with the lower ambient noise as a result of lower wind noise and better NVH, makes it a very quiet and comfortable environment.
The Satria Neo's high back bucket seats have been designed to deliver better lateral support in high-speed corners with high bolster support to cradle the occupants hips sides and shoulders and have been designed for maximum comfort.
Using multi-hardened foam moulding technology each part of the seat is shaped with two different types of foam to conform to the contours of the human body, eliminating uncomfortable high-pressure areas. The result is seats that are firm, supportive and controlling in tight and twisty conditions as well as soft and cushioning on long drives.
A convenient tilt slide lever is strategically placed high on the outside of the front left hand seat to deliver rapid access to the rear seat area.
The steering column is constructed with a three-point collapsible mechanism to protect the driver by absorbing impact energy during a collision. There are SRS airbags for both driver and front seat passengers.
The steering wheel is all new design and is not a carry over. It is unique to the Satria Neo steering and features an improved larger grip diameter and contour while the steering column has been widened for a more solid powerful feel.
Controls for the audio system are also integrated into the steering wheel for greater safety and convenience.
The driver and passenger sun visors feature vanity mirrors with an integrated ticket holder for convenience.
There is an alarm which alerts the driver if the headlights are left on, while there is also another which warns when the key is left in the ignition, helping to prevent the driver being locked out of the car.
Opening the rear hatch reveals a parcel shelf for light items, a utility box keeps things tidy, while luggage space can be increased by folding down the 60/40 split rear seats.The car features a new redesigned power window scissor mechanism with improved roller bearings to deliver a smoother, faster window raising and lowering with less noise as well as reducing stress on the load bearing mechanisms. The motor has been upgraded and the balance arms have been extended for a more secure fit with the glass.
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