Proton Neo R3 is a smart 3-door hatchback created by Proton Motorsport Division, R3 (Race Rally Research). Initially, it was launched in limited numbers. Later on, its production has been increased to meet the demand in Indonesia. Its overall design is captivating enough to grab attention of young audience in the market. This vehicle is packed with 1.6-litre engine under the hood.
Engineered to deliver performance, this Proton Neo R3 is equipped in CAMPRO CPS 1.6-litre (1597 cc) engine that has in-line 4-cylinders. This DOHC based engine has the ability to produce a maximum power output of 125 HP at 6500 rpm along with the peak torque of 150 Nm at 4500 rpm. This 1.6-litre engine is mated with 5-speed manual gearbox, while 4-speed automatic (AT) gearbox is available as an optional feature. This engine with MT goes upto maximum speed of 190km/h, gives accelerates from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in just about 10.5 seconds. Whereas, engine with auto transmission, top speed of the vehicle is 185km/h and breach the speed mark of 100km/h in 12.9 seconds. Coming to the fuel economy segment, its manual version consumes 6.1-litres to give away 100kms.
This 3-door hatchback by Malaysian company, Proton is built with an overall length of 3898mm, width of 1745mm and height of 1434mm along with the wheelbase of 2440mm. Defining its exterior structure, it is apt to say that its front is kept low stance, splitter provided on the front bumper that improves the down force on the front axle. It has a newly designed front grille, fog lamps and bonnet craved out in four parallel creases alongside with red line on the end. Even, the rear profile is made catchy designed in raised roof spoiler, rightly placed rear lights and windscreen wiper. It gets 16-inch wheels as standard feature that are covered with tyres of size 195/50 R16.
Interiors of Proton Neo R3 is carved-out in very 'sporty' style, with added detailing to its each and every segment. Whether it is seats, gear changing lever, instrumental panel or door handles, everything is accentuated in red-color highlighting with background color kept as black that makes it look stylish. Offering supreme comfort, seats are provided with side bolsters and are covered with good quality upholstery. Fun & entertainment section is loaded with 2-DIN multimedia system with GPS navigation feature, that plays music via CD player, MP3, Bluetooth and USB.
Better ride and handling of this vehicle is a result of combined effort put by braking-suspension system employed in this vehicle. It gets front ventilated disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes, which offers better performance. It also gets McPherson strut with stabilizer bar on front axle and the rear axle comes outfitted with multi-link with stabilizer bar. Furthermore, ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution enhances the efficiency of braking system. Dual airbag system employed for driver and front seat passenger reduces the collision effect in case of any fatality. Other safety aspects packed in this car are seatbelt with pre-tensioner, immobilizer system, alarm system & keyless remote entry, Proton ride and handling, reverse sensors and much more.
Proton Neo R3 is a smart car designed in refreshing exterior layout, red-black interior sporty theme, handles well in sharp steering & braking system. Exploring its interiors, inner cabin is mundane; lacks fun and entertainment features & offers very small boot space.