The new 2016 Proton Saga and its bigger brother, the 2016 Proton Perdana have been spotted again, thanks to readers Rezwa666 and Rulf Federico, who sent in these photos. Not long now before both the budget sedan and the flagship D-segment make their debut, with the latter slated to be launched first.

Let’s start with the Saga, as it’s the one that we’ve yet to have seen much of. As before, the heavy camouflage makes it difficult to discern much in the way of details, but we can see the large trapezoidal tail lights that encroach into the bootlid, as well as an arching bootlid lip.

Elsewhere, the rear windscreen has been given a faster rake for a sleeker profile, while the rear doors have been redesigned with a kink at the C-pillar. The shoulder line also slopes downwards towards the front, with the new Iriz-style door handles now in line. Previous spyshots have shown that the front will also receive changes, including reshaped headlights and a reprofiled grille and bumper.


Technical details remain scarce right now, but the Saga could launch with the Iriz’s 1.3 litre VVT engine and a choice of a five-speed manual or a CVT. Proton’s new naturally-aspirated 1.0 litre and 1.2 litre three-cylinder engines may also make an appearance further down the line – these mills are slated to begin production by the end of 2017 – while a turbocharged version of the 1.0 litre engine could also feature.

As for the new Perdana, not much can be gleaned that’s new in our eyes (except perhaps the dual-bar grille), particularly as we have already seen the finished article in the metal. However, this sighting of what looks like a production-ready model once again confirms that the flagship D-segment sedan is nearing its launch – the order books have already been opened for the car, after all.

At launch, the Perdana will feature the 154 hp/189 Nm R20A3 2.0 and 177 hp/222 Nm K24Z2 2.4 litre i-VTEC engines and five-speed automatic transmission, derived from the eighth-generation Honda Accord on which it is based. A revision is slated to arrive by the end of 2017, with the Perdana set to receive a new NE01 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, acquired from Petronas in 2012.

Also being considered is Proton’s new 1.5 litre turbocharged, direct-injected TGDI engine, claimed to be able to produce 180 hp and 250 Nm. Whichever powertrain ends up being slotted in, a new torque converter CVT automatic is expected to become standard fare come end-2017.

The launch of the Perdana was previously slated for the first quarter of this year; while that has now passed, it’s still expected to be launched very soon. As for the Saga, no launch window has been announced just yet, but it is claimed that it will be unveiled before the end of this year, after the B-segment Persona sedan.

GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana teased
GALLERY: 2016 Proton Perdana rendered

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