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It will certainly be a busy 2016 for Proton, as it plans to launch not one, but four cars, including three sedans. Perhaps the most significant one would be the 2016 Proton Saga, the replacement for the national carmaker’s most popular model – and now Mohd Taufik has rendered what the upcoming A-segment sedan will look like.

As was apparent in earlier spyshots, the car is clearly based on the current model – albeit heavily revised – and it looks like that was Taufik’s starting point as well. The basic shape of the bonnet and grille has been retained, but the latter receives an Iriz-style chrome bar on top. Reshaped headlights also make an appearance, with an upswept fanged design that is reminiscent of certain Peugeots.

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Low down, Taufik has added a smaller version of the Iriz’s trapezoidal lower grille and twin intakes alongside it. Around the rear, we can see a reshaped glasshouse with a C-pillar kink, as well as a new rear end with wraparound tail lights joined a chrome number plate garnish, along with a contrasting rear diffuser-like design for the 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.

SPYSHOTS: 2016 Proton Saga