Another month, another Proton launch. You’ve studied the specifications and read our first impressions report. Now, you can watch the 2016 Proton Saga’s official launch ceremony tomorrow live, streamed exclusively on paultan.org. Join us here from 2:45pm onwards as we bring to you live feed from the launch event and walk you through the new model.
This is the sequel to the Proton Saga BLM from 2008, and it comes into a new world where the Perodua Bezza has proven to be popular with Malaysians looking for an entry-level sedan. Three-box saloons have been Proton’s exclusive territory till Perodua came up with its first ever sedan earlier this year, so the new Saga has to deliver for its maker.
Same platform as before, but there’s a redesigned body and improved chassis. The Saga is solely powered by a 1.3 litre VVT engine with 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Transmission options include a five-speed manual (Standard only) and a revised CVT automatic (Standard, Executive, Premium). The interior has also been redesigned.
Tentative pricing is from from RM37k and RM46k. The top spec Saga gets features such as ESC with hill hold, 15-inch alloys, reverse camera integrated into the rear-view mirror and a double-DIN head unit with steering controls. Front and rear parking sensors are standard across the board, but ABS/EBD/Brake Assist are only available from the Executive onwards. ASEAN NCAP has given the new Saga a four-star rating.