Proton Saga Knight concept – a modern Aeroback rendition by MIMOS design head Saharudin Busri

Proton Saga Knight concept – a modern Aeroback rendition by MIMOS design head Saharudin Busri

Former Proton designer and current head of industrial design at MIMOS Saharudin Busri has previously showcased his digital work, namely the Malaysian sports car concept from earlier this year as well as the Proton Savvy 18 concept and the crossover-esque Suprima X concept, both from 2017.

Unlike the sports car concept shown in June, Saharudin’s latest graphic rendition is based upon a past production car, albeit one with definite national interest, the Proton Saga Aeroback in Knight trim. Here, the angular front fascia of the original car is adopted in basic form, then given a futuristic slant with a full-width LED daytime running light.

The slim inlets on the original Saga Knight is reprised on the concept sketch as a much wider, nearly full-width intake, though the concept does without the original car’s accordion-like band that wraps around the front of the car, just above the bumper. The front corner indicators of the production car are represented on the concept sketch with a single L-shaped unit on each side.

Its side profile also adopts the original Saga Knight’s flat-topped wheel arches, which house a set of large, turbine-look alloy wheels shod in low-profile tyres and are tucked well into the wheelhouses to add to the modern aesthetic.

The front and rear wheel arches are connected by a full-length panel crease for continuity along the full length of the car, while the concept sketch also wears a pared-down version of the original car’s Knight decals in orange, red and grey.

Tail lamp treatment echoes that which is applied to the front end, where the full-width tail lamp adopts the increasingly popular arrangement seen on modern production cars. This is sited just beneath the bootlid spoiler that also forms the upper section of the rear fascia, and the outer ends of the tail lamp element offering a graphic that is suggestive of the original Saga Aeroback’s vertical tail lamp assembly.

Where Saharudin’s concept sketch appears to differ from the production car in overall silhouette is in the rear half of the roofline, where the concept seems to get a roof that extends further rearwards and joins a more upright C-pillar as a result, possibly yielding rear seating that is more capacious should a real-life build be realised.

What do you think of this modernised interpretation of the Proton Saga Aeroback Knight form, dear readers? does its capture enough of the original car’s style? Check out the video below for a glimpse into Saharudin’s process for the creation of this concept.

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Comments

  • It’s easy to make a 1990s car looks better,

    But it’s not easy to design a car that’s looks like a proper 2020 cars.
    Should not follow Honda footstep, designing old cars.

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  • Cyberpunk 2077 worthy!

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  • st3wp1d on Aug 23, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    20″ wheels on a 1.5l 97hp sedan. Delusional stupidity at its best LOL

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  • Leafable on Aug 23, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Ouch! He need to go back to school to re-skill. It’s fugly as a bamboo bottom.

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  • Sabrina is male on Aug 23, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Discontinued model Suprima was the new saga knight in low profile especially the body silhouette.

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  • Sam Loo (ori) on Aug 23, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Buy perodua touota better.. Good rv

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  • Quite good the tbh. Not much related to the original (if i dont read i would say it is a fiat) BUT what is the actual job of this guy? Is this just ‘isi masa lapang’ thing OR is his job?

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  • GOOD HOBBY. PLEASE CARRY ON AND SHOWCASE ON YOUR FACEBOOK.

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  • msia driver on Aug 23, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    so fuggy, this is our designers’ standard..lulzz

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  • untung la so many free time play photochop during covid

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  • I m sorry, i dont like it. I just cant feel the aura of the original design and this ‘modern look’ is just boring (having meaningless simple lines here and there is no longer appealing anymore, especially that inverted front and rear line idea). Just fail to bring a good character outlook to the saga knight nameplate, just like it was once before. Sorry.

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  • Reminds me of the alfa 75 twin spark.

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  • Hafizi on Aug 24, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Harap proton ambil inisiatif brother ni yg reka bentuk proton saga Legend convert jadi new sagas digital.

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    • Even the first sentence of the article already mentioned he is a former proton designer.

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  • Wrong number on Aug 24, 2021 at 4:23 am

    Fender belakang tidak sesuai lagi di tahun 2021,sila ubah

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  • e1xtrim on Aug 24, 2021 at 5:46 am

    More like a mpv/suv/wagon design car. If u wanna remake the Knight, make sure u know what is the car segment u r making. Don’t simply so sketching, take the old car photos, put similar decal & color, then claim it as knight.

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  • abahko on Aug 24, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    nope. pls no.

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  • abisla if this is the best from MiMoS

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    • Lang Buana on Aug 25, 2021 at 3:33 am

      The 80’s Proton Knight was sportier.This design is not following the 2021 trend.Designlah Aerodynamic sikit bro.How to compete with other sedan brands. I don’t think this will attract the younger generations.For pakcik pencen boleh beli.

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  • Bumper on Aug 24, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    This is actually very good. Keep up the creativity, hope one day can bring some good to Malaysia.

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  • Apek sekerem on Aug 24, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Yulk !!!

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  • Simon Yong on Aug 24, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Great work Mr Saharudin, a little wider would be fantastic…
    I would definitely buy one..!!

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  • PlainBS on Aug 24, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Sedihnya, tengok perbezaan designer kita dengan luar negara

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  • Lang Buana on Aug 25, 2021 at 3:34 am

    The 80’s Proton Knight was sportier.This design is not following the 2021 trend.Designlah Aerodynamic sikit bro.How to compete with other sedan brands. I don’t think this will attract the younger generations.For pakcik pencen boleh beli.

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  • This is just as ugly as the farizon fx. I can’t. No.

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  • Marah ke on Aug 25, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Is he trying to show to his previous employer or boss that he can actually design a good car?
    Dunno how he got his current job despite fugly design of proton cars

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  • Tati Saktiah on Aug 25, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Klo sy mau pesen Proton Saga..gmn ya

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  • Naruto on Aug 25, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Anyone seen anything designed by Mimos come to fruition? Always design but nothing is mass produced, wonder what is their actual presences is for being paid by taxpayers.

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  • cerealOatMeals on Aug 30, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    the back is copy Audi design and not related to saga at all

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  • Malaysia needs to invest in developing new engine

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  • toyboy on May 23, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Woi bila lagi nak lancar model ni…

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  • orang bodoh on Jun 22, 2023 at 5:43 pm

    for now Proton itself will rely on Geely spec, hence it’s quite hard to produce Malaysia own car design like this one, in aspect of economic crisis that expensive price to install new technology spec. Almost need to say goodbye to Persona, Iriz and Saga which they probably won’t able continue new generation of car manufacture, this is just my guessing.

    If only, Geely got designed new low cost sedan, and agree to Malaysian bodykit design which mainly sale in Malaysia market.

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