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The interior of the new Proton Persona 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 Persona cabin you immediately notice the attractive black and metallic greys and roar textures chosen to enhance the sporty feel of the interior while matching and complimenting the exterior styling.
Well balanced design reflecting its Lotus heritage ensures the Persona gauges are 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.
Persona features an onboard computer that calculates distance to empty, average fuel consumption and journey time along odometer functions.
The centre console has been designed with new elements including a deep practical stowage bin, a sleek, modern gearshift cover, giving a clean contemporary feel. Dual cup holders in the front and dual cup holders in the rear 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 have been located on the door trim for easy access and convenience.
The Blaupunkt customised and integrated audio system 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 Persona has been tailored to match 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. It is a temperature control system as standard on Persona.
The air conditioning and ventilation controls are located in the centre of the dash, carrying over the same design cues first seen on the GEN.2, Savvy and the Satria.
Sound deadening material has been strategically applied within the Persona 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 Persona's 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. They also feature greater height adjustment which coupled with the adjustable steering wheel ensure drivers of all sizes can now attain a comfortable driving position.
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 seats to deliver rapid access to the rear seat area.
The steering column is constructed with a three-point collapsible mechanism to protect the driver while there is SRS airbags for both driver and front seat passenger.
The steering wheel is a development of the wheel used in the GEN.2 hatch and features an improved grip 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 passenger sun visor features a vanity mirror.
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