Malaysia To Get Pakistani Proton Saga as an Upgrade￼
The current generation of Proton Saga has been on sale in Malaysia for six years. The mini-sedan is set to undergo a mid-life cycle facelift with some upgrades.
Saga has been Malaysia’s top-selling car for a long time before Perodua Bezza dethroned it last year. Proton seeks to get its market share back by marginally enhancing the cheapest sedan.
According to a report, the vehicle will feature the same engine as in Pakistan — a naturally-aspirated 1298cc 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 95 horsepower and 120 Newton-meters of torque. This is a slightly smaller engine as originally, Saga had a 1332cc engine in Malaysia. Fortunately, the power output is the same.
The Standard trim-level will have a similar 5-speed manual gearbox. Although previous reports suggested that the new Standard Auto and ACE Auto shall have a CVT automatic gearbox, the latest report says that it will keep the same 4-speed automatic transmission.
The upgrades in the facelift are as follows:
- A center console with an armrest
- Front parking sensors
- Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) guard for the bonnet
- NVH guard on the boot lid
- Strut tower brace
- Keyless entry
- New Logo
- New alloy wheels
- Gloss-black trim pieces on the exterior
The carried-over features include dual front airbags, ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors, a seven-inch Smart Infotainment System, an anti-lock braking system, DRLs, stability control, traction control, parking sensors, and a reverse camera. Reports add that the new Malaysian Saga will debut in May 2022.
Ironically, Pakistan already has the new and improved model of Proton Saga. Yet, due to Al-Haj Automotive’s leisurely production and supply, people have stopped taking interest in the brand.