This morning’s event was a double launch by Proton. Launched together with the new 2007 Proton Waja facelift was the long awaited Proton Savvy facelift, which were shown to the public first at the A1 Grand Prix held recently. Just yesterday we read about when the Proton Savvy facelift would be launched in Malaysia as it was launched earlier this month in Taiwan already, and today we finally get it in Malaysia!

The new facelifted Proton Savvy features a new front grille which is of a honeycomb mesh design instead the horizontal bar design on the previous edition. On the rear, you have the newly redesigned rear which removes the “Waja nose” beak butt design. Coincidentally Proton removed the same beak-like Waja nose from the Proton Waja itself! A rear spoiler is also now standard on all models, to help balance out the awkward curve of the C pillar. The wheels are now 14 inch wheels for the mid-line model, and the high-line model now sports newly redesigned 6-spoke 15 inch wheels. Tyres used are Goodyear Eagle NCT5 tyres, which seems to be the industry standard for stock tyres these days. None of them Sime stuff, thankfully. Plastics on the interior have been improved, especially the steering wheel which is much nicer to touch. If you don’t believe me, check it out in the showroom. It’s better, but don’t expect something fantastic and you’ll be happy.

Most importantly, the newly introduced high-line variant which only comes with in AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) form now features dual SRS airbags for the driver and passenger. It is also equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), as well as seat belt pre-tensioners. The alarm system is also equipped with an engine immobilizer. In addition to the existing colours, the new facelifted 2007 Proton Savvy gets two new colours added to it’s line-up: Energy Orange and Genetic Silver.

The following are the on-the-road prices for the new facelifted 2007 Proton Savvy:

2007 Proton Savvy Facelift Medium-line 5 M/T: RM40,240.00
2007 Proton Savvy Facelift Medium-line AMT: RM43,182.00
2007 Proton Savvy Facelift High-line AMT: RM45,841.00

Future things to look forward to: Proton says it will be introducing more new models this year in conjunction with Malaysia’s 50th anniversary. The new models are expected to be launched in the middle and end of this year, said Proton M.D. Syed Zainal Abidin.

This is how the old Savvy’s front grille looked like.