Proton will finally enter India next year with three models, the Saga, Savvy and Exora, CNBC TV18 reports. The Indian business channel’s sources say that Proton is close to announcing the entry.

It adds that Proton will dive into the market on its own without a JV partner, but is likely to use Argentum Motors for contract assembly. One of the men behind Argentum – which has a facility in Surajpur, Noida – is BVR Subbu, the former Hyundai Motors India President that was appointed to the Proton board earlier this year. Subbu will head Proton’s assault on the fast growing Indian market.

According to the news report, Proton is currently re-engineering the cars to suit Indian roads and are in talks with certain OEMs to source diesel engines. Indian market leader Maruti Suzuki uses Fiat diesels for their cars; since the Multijet oil burner is already a known quantity, could it find its way into Proton’s trio? And if this diesel engine partnership (with whoever) takes off, will we be able to buy torquey and economical Protons in the near future? Here’s hoping!