• Dec 3rd 2010 at 6:02PM
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Proton Jebat Concept – Click above for image gallery

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is such a good car, it seems that Malaysian automaker Proton decided it ought to offer a version of its own. Sort of. While the company's Jebat Concept, which was just shown off at the Kuala Lumpur Motor Show, is styled to look like the Evolution, it's actually powered by the 237-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged mill used in the slightly less potent Ralliart model.

Nobody seems to know at the moment if the Jebat Concept has any shot at production, but its existence isn't all that surprising considering that Proton just recently launched the Inspira, itself an almost exact copy of the standard Mitsubishi Lancer. In any case, it's clearly differentiated from its siblings by virtue of its matte black front and rear fascias and side sills, along with a Proton-specific grille. See for yourself in the image gallery below.

Proton Jabat Concept
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  • Proton Jabat Concept front

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  • Proton Jabat Concept rear

[Source: Autocar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dude Llama
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes. Evolution was started by a proton. xD
      • 4 Years Ago
      it would be great if the article explained the relationship between Mitsuishi and Proton.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car definitely would be potent Claimant of this year.Because there's considered about this car feature.And I liked it all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I literally had one of those chunky burps when I saw this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the front, the back no so much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess most ppl in this blog are not familiar with Proton history. I know you guys just got WRX STI and EVO and GTR not so long ago because it never came to US but in other part of the world they know proton and mistu have been working together for so long.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope this clears the air..

      Even before its launch, Proton's latest Inspira sedan has been the subject of controversy with some quarters accusing the national car maker of back pedaling towards the early Proton days of rebadging Mitsubishi models as its own.

      At a special media briefing held at Proton's Centre of Excellence recently, Inspira's project manager Zulkifli Bidin clarified several matters.

      He said the Waja's replacement model originally started out as a joint development project between Proton and Mitsubishi Motors Corp three years ago.

      "Under the project, Mitsubishi and Proton were to use their own upper body designs, which would result in two very distinctive models.

      "But because of the economic downturn, Proton decided to defer the project but Mitsubishi carried on with the platform and upper body development which became the Mitsubishi Lancer," he said.

      Rather than restart the project from scratch, Proton decided to use the Lancer as a new starting point while adding value to an already good design.

      Zulkifli said Mitsubishi was willing to allow Proton to rebadge the Lancer as the Inspira without changing any key features.

      "We felt that our engineers who had trained under our subsidiary, Lotus Engineering, were able to improve the driving dynamics and handling of the Lancer," he said.

      After convincing Mitsubishi that Proton could improve on Lancer's driving performance, Mitsubishi gave the green light to the suspension tweaking.

      Among the improvements were revised suspension rating and bushings for a more comfortable ride and the incorporation of thicker anti-roll bars for better cornering stability.

      Other improvement work include closer body gaps of 2.5mm compared with 3mm in the Lancer, and reduced levels of noise, vibration and harshness.

      "Even when our products are good, people will still say they are not good enough because we are Proton. So, we have to be better,"

      Proton had shipped five Inspira sedans produced by its factory for crash-testing in Japan to ascertain its crash worthiness and safety features.

      "At our Shah Alam factory production lines, Mitsubishi has stationed its engineers to ensure that the Inspira is produced in accordance with Mitsubishi's quality standards," he said.

      Even Mitsubishi Motors Corp's top management team, consisting of its head of research and development, DCGM of Asean and master vehicle evaluator who came to Shah Alam to test the Inspira, have praised Proton for work done on returning the suspension system for better comfort and handling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this car and wish to have this but friends plz pray for my jobs, definitely God make a very good opportunity for me for making cash for this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks a lot like the Mitsubishi Evo except really bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi better get the lawyers on the phone. I don't under stand how proton thought they would get away with copying the lancer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Proton is one sick money sucking company
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mitsubishi pickup was the raider it looked nothing like the dakota. I personally thought the raider was better than the dakota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bring it to the US and charge 25k for it. Would be a great way to get the proton brand a foothold in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, I think Mitsubishi had to make a hard choice. there is a tech transfer agreement between proton and Mitsu.

        The problem is that they're financially stuck between a rock and a hard place. They don't sign it, and they might be in worse financial shape than they are now. Or they sign it (which they did); and they literally then email their plans over to another company but get money for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Tributetodrive

        Isn't the original Ralliart about $28k? Would you buy a Proton to save 3 grand? I bet it's not as high specced as the Ralliart as well, only sharing the engine...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think they have to worry when the Jebat looks like it does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This has to be a licensed design. It just has to be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the lancer is a copy of an alfa
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Inspira is a rebadged Lancer... they're made under a licensing agreement that's been around forever, so I expect this is basically them licensing the Ralliart engine along with that, and adding some styling flourishes of their own (ugh).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, if Mitsubishi has to get their lawyers on the phone for this then Chrysler must have gotten lots of calls in the 80's since they had licensing agreements with Mitsubishi for tons of stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They could "get away with it" because Proton cars are usually based on Mitsubishi designs. The Inspira is a lightly modified Lancer. In the past, when Mitsubishi had a stake in the company, some Proton cars were even badged as Mitsubishis in certain markets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are many who do not sen to like the looks of the new Evo., I am not one of those people, I think the car looks great and this model by Proton makes it looks ever better.
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