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Proton adds Lotus inspired supermini, the Satria Neo, to the range

Proton adds Lotus inspired supermini, the Satria Neo, to the range  
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Hatchbacks
on 03/13/2007

Source: Proton


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The Satria Neo is the latest addition to the Proton range. Launched in February, this new 3-door supermini is available with a choice of 1.3 or 1.6 litre engine, with prices starting from just £7,995 OTR. Proton Cars UK Managing Director, Brian Collier said: “The Satria Neo will give new and existing customers trusted Proton reliability combined with sleek Lotus design and smooth ride and handling, all accompanied by our reputable customer service.”


Exterior Design

The input from Lotus is clear in the exterior styling of the car. The Satria Neo is bold, stylish and desirable, with a sculpted front hood, stylish front grille, detailed front and rear bumpers, sporty ‘tiger-eye’ projector headlamps and its sweeping silhouette all adding to a graceful, feline impression.

The exterior is low, sporty and road-hugging. When combined with the sleek aerodynamic profile, the Satria Neo delivers low wind resistance, good high speed manoeuvrability, vehicle stability and control.

Simon Wood, Engineering Director at Group Lotus Plc said: “I am proud of the Satria Neo, it embodies those aspects held as important by Lotus; striking design, dynamic performance and driver enjoyment.”

Interior Styling

The modern, minimalist interior of the Satria Neo takes its cue from Lotus. A clean, and contemporary layout creates a sporty, sophisticated feel, while the spacious cabin environment provides maximum comfort to enhance the entire driving experience.

Equipment

Well equipped for the warm weather the Satria Neo provides an air conditioning system with pollen filter as standard on the 1.3 range and climate control as standard on all 1.6 models. Drivers who want to set their own constant speed can opt for the automatic 1.6 GSX model which has cruise control as standard.

In car entertainment is provided by a Blaupunkt radio with RDS and CD player, compatible with both CDRW and MP3 CDs, in addition to standard CD formats. The GSX range can be equipped with a hands-free telephone using the Bluetooth technology built into the stereo system.

In addition, all Satria Neo models have front electric windows, steering wheel audio controls, 60:40 split folding rear seats and ample storage and luggage space. With the rear seats up, the storage space in the boot totals 286 litres (0.286 cu m) and with the seats down this increases to 615 litres (0.615 cu m).

Engine power and performance

With a sleek design and an impressive CamPro 16v engine, the Satria Neo is all about energy, style and excitement. Superb ride and handling comes courtesy of Proton’s sister company, Lotus, helping to deliver a car that boasts high speed stability, great manoeuvrability and superior control. All manual transmission models have a five-speed gearbox and a four-speed automatic option is available on 1.6 models.

Safety and Security

The Satria Neo is equipped with a range of safety features to help prevent an accident and protect in the event of a collision. Safety features include; twin airbags, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, reverse distance sensors, seatbelts with pre-tensioners and anti-submarine seats.

Security features include; an integrated alarm system with ignition lock protection, immobiliser with a unique encoded transponder, a single exterior lock with free rolling key cylinder to ensure the lock cannot be broken with a foreign object, and a remote central locking system.



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