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Our readers have caught the 2016 Proton Saga again – this time Rachel Ow and Christopher Lim have sent in photos of both the upcoming budget sedan and its bigger sibling, the 2016 Proton Perdana, near the national carmaker’s Centre of Excellence (COE) in Shah Alam.

The images of the Saga hold particular interest as they include a close up shot of the tail lights. It shows a larger, more three-dimensional trapezoidal shape of the lamps compared to the wraparound triangular items on the current Saga. Unlike the FLX, however, this mule looks to have conventional bulbs compared to the former’s LEDs, so it does look to be a slight downgrade from the outgoing model.

Elsewhere, we can see the faster rear windscreen rake that contrasts against the upright look of the current car, along with a C-pillar kink. This sleeker appearance has been accentuated by a shoulder line that slopes upwards towards the rear, as well as the new Iriz-style door handles that are now in line with the aforementioned line.

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, 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.

In his explanation for his resignation, former Proton chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the Perdana will be launched later this month. 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.

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