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It’s been an incredible year for Proton – the national carmaker has already introduced three new cars this year, and a fourth one is still to come. With the Ertiga MPV weeks away from its launch, we’re providing you a full gallery of the rest of the new models, the Perdana, Persona and Saga, to see how far the company has come in a relatively short period of time.

The Perdana was the first Proton to be unveiled this year, making its debut in June. The D-segment sedan is based on the eighth-generation Honda Accord, but the exterior has been given a significant revision. The front end gains a new dual-bar grille that flows into the reshaped headlights, now with LED daytime running lights. The lower air intake has also been redesigned for a more aggressive look.

Along the side, it’s clear that Proton has stretched the length significantly, by some 171 mm to 5,020 mm. The roofline has been lengthened and a teardrop-shaped glasshouse added, while the rear overhang has also been extended. Meanwhile, the rear has been embellished with L-shaped LED tail lights, as well as a rear diffuser painted in body colour, including the faux tailpipes – not to everyone’s tastes, this.

Inside, it’s pretty much identical to the Accord, save the addition of a new infotainment system with twin screens. Also unchanged is the engine lineup – a 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder with 154 hp at 6,300 rpm and 189 Nm at 4,300 rpm and a 2.4 litre DOHC unit with 178 hp at 6,500 rpm and 222 Nm at 4,300 rpm. Both are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, with steering paddle shifters for the 2.4. Prices are RM113,888 for the 2.0L model and RM138,888 for the 2.4L, on-the-road with insurance.

Two months after the Perdana, Proton pulled the wraps off the B-segment Persona sedan, essentially a booted version of the Iriz hatch, but with improvements inside and out. The front has been redesigned with a new chrome bar that extends across the grille and headlights; the latter are now reflector units instead of the Iriz’ projectors. The lower grille has also been redesigned and now sweeps under the front fog lights.

Meanwhile, the C-pillar has been given a BMW-style kink, while the lengthened rear end gains one-piece tail lights joined together by another chrome bar, plus a sizeable black rear valence insert complete with reflectors and a centre fog light. The interior is very similar to that of the Iriz, with the addition of a black-and-light-grey colour scheme, a redesigned gearlever and gloss grey trim on higher-end models. The boot now measures a sizeable 510 litres, up from the Iriz’ 215 litres.

Unlike the Iriz, the Persona is only available with the 1.6 litre VVT four-cylinder engine, making 107 hp at 5,750 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Drive is sent through the front wheels via either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, the former only available on the base Standard variant.

Several improvements have been made to reduce NVH, such as a reduction in the number of engine mounts from four to three, a redesigned exhaust system and a revised ECU for a more linear throttle response. Slotting under big brother Prevé, the Persona retails at RM46,800 for the Standard M/T, RM49,800 for the Standard CVT, RM55,800 for the Executive CVT and RM59,800 for the Premium CVT.

Last but not least is the new Saga, launched in September. Based on the outgoing model it might be, but the new model has been rebodied, and shares no exterior panels. Up front, there’s a dual-bar grille like the Perdana, along with reshaped reflector headlights and a lower grille reminiscent of the Persona.

Moving back, there’s less angular surfacing, Iriz door handles and a Persona-esque C-pillar kink, while the rear gains trapezoidal tail lights – like the Persona, these too are joined by a horizontal chrome bar. A more aggressive rear bumper with a diffuser-style black insert completes the look.

With the Persona only available with a 1.6 litre engine, the Saga has more room in the marketplace, especially since it is now powered exclusively with a 1.3 litre VVT mill, producing 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. As with the Persona, only the Standard variant comes with a five-speed manual option, with all other models coming with a CVT.

As with the Persona, the Saga gets most of the same NVH measures, including fewer engine mounts and a revised ECU. Sitting at the entry level of the company’s range, the new Saga is priced at RM36,800 for the Standard manual variant and RM39,800 for the CVT. Moving up, the Executive CVT retails at RM42,800, while the Premium tops out at RM45,800.

Want to know how these cars drive? Read our full reviews of the Proton Perdana, Persona and Saga.


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