Some quick news about the Proton Saga in Australia. Two and a half years after its introduction there, the original S16 has been replaced in the Oz lineup by the current FLX version of the type. Available for the market are two 1.6 litre CamPro IAFM variants, the GX and GXR, each with manual and CVT transmission options.

A glance at the kit list says that while the higher-spec GXR doesn’t quite approach the levels offered by the 1.6 FLX SE (there are no leather seats or the 15-inch alloy design as found on the SE, the wheels on the Oz cars being the usual six-spoke unit), the Oz cars are well specified. For example, both models get driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD and pre-tensioner seatbelts as standard, a configuration that’s only to be found on the FLX SE locally.

Also, the Oz cars get an additional exterior shade, Solid Red (no idea if it’s any different than the SE’s Fire Red), in addition to the usual five colours on the variation list, which are Solid White, Tranquility Black, Genetic Silver, Blue Rock and Elegant Brown. Oz buyers will have to pay AUD$13,990 for the S16 GX Manual right up to AUD$16,990 for the GXR CVT, these being drive-away prices.