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This is big news, guys – the next-generation Proton Saga, due to be unveiled sometime this year, has been spotted testing on the road in Malaysia! These photos come courtesy of reader Chua TC, as well as sourced from the Proton Iriz Community (Malaysia) Facebook group.

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? This car is quite obviously based on the current Saga, albeit heavily revised. There’s so much of the car ahead of the B-pillar – from the basic shape and form, to the identical bonnet and front door cutouts and the carried-over door mirrors – that is so similar to the BLM that it wouldn’t make sense for this to be an all-new model.

At the same time, the company appears to be putting some lessons it learnt from turning the eighth-generation Honda Accord into the upcoming Perdana, as the new Saga features much of the same modifications from the current car. For one, the headlights look to have been reshaped, while the front bumper sports a jutting chin spoiler that we’ve seen on Protons from the Prevé onwards.

Moving along, the new Saga gets new door handles that appear to have been carried over from the Iriz, while the rear door itself has been reshaped with a prominent C-pillar kink. The character line low down along the flanks also now seems to slope upward – the current car’s is parallel to the floor. The rear of the car is heavily-camouflaged, although it looks to be sleeker, more streamlined than the current Saga.

Expect the new Saga to come with the Iriz’s 1.3 and 1.6 litre VVT engines, mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT. Added equipment, particularly in terms of safety, should also make their way into the new car – although quite what level of kit we should expect from Proton’s sub-RM40k entry level sedan remains to be seen.