We know that Proton seems to have a fascination with building cars directly resembling those that Mitsubishi makes, but we didn’t think that even their concepts would have their own Mitsubishi flavor to them.

As it turns out, the Malaysian automaker isn’t afraid of channeling their inner love for Mitsubishi as they revealed the Jebat Concept as part of their “Pahlawan” series of concept vehicles at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show.

At first glance, it’s easy to spot the references directed towards the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Despite the uncanny resemblances, the Jebat Concept actually has a powertrain all its own with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 237 horsepower.

As far as design goes, the Jebat has unique qualities, including a matte black coat on both the front and rear of the car with a matching strip just around the lower section of the doors. The car also has daytime LED running lights, as well as three bonnet vents, and a rear spoiler that’s unmistakably taken from the Mitsubishi’s Evo performance package. There are also the wide-body style front and rear fenders that you’ll notice once you take a good long look at the car. Finally, Proton decided to add 18-inch wheels to complete the whole sporty and aggressive look.

Speaking of sporty and aggressive, the car’s interior also has some touches of sportiness to it, including Recaro seats with red stitching and a Clarion touch screen ICE system.

There’s no telling if the Jebat Concept will ever see the light of the production line in Malaysia, but if we had a hand on it, we’d like to see it made someday. And when we go to Malaysia sometime whenever, we wouldn’t mind sitting behind the wheel of one.


Kirby Garlitos
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  (528) posted on 03.30.2011

Well, I haven’t know any Proton model that was currently on the production. I think if you are planning to buy a coupe its better not to choose this one. Hey! There are lot of option in the market.

  (410) posted on 03.18.2011

Are they sure this is a sportscar. I think it has a lot of weight that could actually affect the speed performance of the car. However, it’s still a concept, i hope they should have a better planned for this one, or else it will be belonging to the category of "pointless car".

  (570) posted on 02.2.2011

If Proton really want to do something different with a Lancer how about making a new Jumbuck ute. An Evo powered Jumbuck would be awesome.

  (647) posted on 02.2.2011

The back end looks like it’s just coated with primer. Get rid of those super cheap auto chrome rims and give it a paint job, Proton might have a winner.

  (460) posted on 12.9.2010

well i can’t blame them for copying the Lancer Evo, bet Mitsubishi has given them a permit to rebadge a Lancer Evo with the same technology. but to be honest I really love their concept..

  (433) posted on 12.8.2010

I feel disappointed to the Jebat since it got less output than the Evo.Although it might be cheaper but the front bumper looks…(I don’t know how to describe it),is it provide the dual-clucth tramission gearbox like the Evo or just a 5-speed manual tranmission gearbox?Plus,does the Jebat got the same AWD system as the Evo?My suggetion to Proton is remain the look or ehcance it,make a 2-door coupe version,raise the engine output at least 300hp and change the suspension link’s material into aluminium alloy.

  (702) posted on 12.8.2010

I wont call it a concept because this good looking car is already rolling on streets of most country, to give something to the proton... I’m really amazed with the Black and White color concept of it. I hope they have the permission to re badged the Mitsubishi evolution with proton jebat.

  (69) posted on 12.8.2010

If the EVO is such a great car, and with relatively low sales, why does anyone thinks that building something similar will bring any success? Smart people use the original not the copy :d

  (151) posted on 12.8.2010

I know how perspective works, however why the back wheel is so small?!
Looks like a Mitsubishi indeed, however the EVO is much nicer than this one. I like the back look and 237 bhp on a 2 Liter engine is INSANE! smiley

  (45) posted on 12.8.2010

I just read a post from another user... about the amazon poisonous frog... lol This is the competition? smiley Common with all this white and black mambo jumbo!

  (1332) posted on 12.7.2010

agree, but how about the engine? do they share the same 2.0 Mivec with turbo as the real EVO? hmmm sound like a good alternative like what you’ve said.

  (407) posted on 12.7.2010

yeah it looks exactly the same as the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, and this is a good alternative to evo if made into production, for sure it has a lesser price than the Mitsubishi Evo and far more greater than a regular RS Type compact sedan car.

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