Originally Posted by Hornbag
What's the new engine like ToyotaFreak? If there were two massive issues I had with the car it would be the quality and the engine, and since they have updated the quality (I havn't seen this, I drove the car when it first came out) and a new engine, providing both are positive improvements that would make the car a LOT better.
Well, I have not driven or have seen the 2009 Satria Neo CPS in the flesh either (I was not in Malaysia when the car was launched.), but from test drive reports and owners of Protons with the new engine (Mainly GEN.2 & Waja CPS), the issues of the regular Campro engine (Which is now phased out and replaced by the Campro IAFM engine for the base & mid line models.) highlighted in the previous posts were addressed. It is no 1.8 I4, but it is powerful for its size.
Quality wise, if it is anything like the 2008 Facelift GEN.2 CPS H-Line I sat inside the Thailand Motor Expo, the quality is improved over the pre-facelift model.
Well, still not as good as the budget priced Japanese cars, but still an improvement nonetheless (I would say that it is similar to the hard but durable plastics that you'll find in American cars.). No more loose or breakable plastics (Especially the interior door handles in the case of the latter, which was a common problem with the early GEN.2 & Satria Neo.).
I guess the dark grey interior color & two-tone red/ black leather trim also had a part in making it seem better than the pre-facelift model.
Still can't beat the early Mitsubishi-based Protons (Such as the Perdana, but not the silly Alfa-grille version.) though, due to the amount of higher quality Japanese sourced parts in them.
The cheapness associated with the Waja/ Impian, GEN.2 & Satria Neo was when these three cars were developed under the loony previous management. (Who didn't seem to have a proper understanding the car industry as seen here