Two weeks ago saw the introduction of the Proton Saga Plus, a new variant that replaces all previous Saga FLX models – with this downscaling, the range now consists of just this trim. We had a closer poke around the Plus to see what exactly do you get for the same money as the old SV.
Essentially, it’s an SV with the body-coloured bodykit, bootlid spoiler and 14-inch six-spoke alloy wheels from the Executive, so the Plus isn’t exactly a like-for-like replacement for the higher-end models like the Executive and SE.
There are no fog lights or exhaust pipe finisher, and the door mirrors (still without electric adjustment, or even internal stalks – you’ll have to push the glass itself) and door handles are unpainted. The rear number plate garnish is, however.
Also missing from its pricier brethren are leather upholstery, silver-painted internal door pulls, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls. There’s no ABS, either, although dual airbags and three-point seat belts on all five seats are standard-fit.
Powering the Plus is the same 1.3 litre Campro IAFM four-cylinder engine producing 94 hp and 120 Nm, while transmission choices remain a five-speed manual transmission or a Punch-sourced CVT automatic.
As previously mentioned, prices are unchanged from the SV – the manual goes for RM33,242 (solid) and RM33,719 (metallic), while the CVT is priced at RM36,099 (solid) and RM36,576 (metallic), all on-the-road with insurance. A three-year/100,000 km warranty is included.