At the launch of the 2016 Proton Saga today, the national carmaker displayed a cutout of the new A-segment sedan, highlighting some of the changes done to improve the model’s safety cell.

Enhancements include a 20% increase in torsional rigidity to 12,000 Nm/deg from 10,000 Nm/deg previously, allowing the Saga to achieve a higher crash protection rating compared to the outgoing model. The car also gains a front strut bar that helps to improve the handling as well.

The ASEAN NCAP has awarded the sedan with a four-star safety rating, an improvement over the Saga FLX+, which received three stars back in its day. A higher adult occupant protection score of 13.33 points (from 10.23 points) and 71% compliance in child occupant protection (from 48%) are contributing factors to the higher safety rating.

Standard safety kit on the Saga include two airbags and Isofix child seat anchors (with top tethers). Upper variants will come with more items like ABS (with EBD and brake assist), ESC and hill hold assist.

For more on the new 2016 Proton Saga, check out our walk-around video tour, full launch report and preview test drive report.