National Carmakers Proton today released the anticipated new Saga; one of the most recognizable model in Proton’s entire line-up. The Proton Saga, first introduced at the beginning of the National carmaker’s existence in 1985, has been an affordable and best-selling model for a decade or so until Perodua’s MyVi took over that honor. In any regards, the Saga has amassed some 2 million units in the country and the U.K., to date.
With the new, third-generation Saga, Proton has come up with a simple and ‘boxy’ look to accentuate the car’s contemporary representation in a new era. Available in three variants, the Proton Saga is offered in standard edition (manual and CVT), Executive and Premium trims. Either a manual transmission or CVT option is applicable for the new Saga’s 1.3-liter VVT engine; an entirely new engine platform. The Proton Saga thus becomes a direct competition to the newly introduced Perodua Bezza for first time buyers.
Proton has justified that the use of VVT Technology is meant to improve on performance and fuel consumption. The new VVT engine will give a lower fuel consumption by 12% -14%, and the car will be able to achieve 5.4l/100km compared with 6.0L/100km previously on the MT variant and 5.6l/100km compared with 6.lL/100km previously on the CVT variant. Apart from the VVT powerplant, the Eco-Drive Assist mode also helps to reduce fuel consumption in a major way.
In dimensions, the new Proton Saga has a length of 4331mm (74mm longer) and a width of 1689mm (9mm wider). This translates to a slightly bigger cabin and more legroom at the rear. In addition, the third-generation Saga provides a slightly bigger boot space of 420 liters compared with 413 liters previously.
A myriad of new additions for occupants’ required amenities available for the new Saga include 2 rear USB chargers, radio/CD/MP3, bluetooth connectivity, 10 compartments, 2 cup holders, 4 bottle holders, driver seat height adjuster, tilt steering adjuster and foldable rear seat.
For looks, the new Saga standard is fitted with 2-piece rear combination lights and rear fog lights. The Saga Exec. and Premium receive sportier features such as rear spoiler and special alloy wheels.
“We have certainly come a long way since the introduction of the first Saga, over 30 years ago. A lot of improvements, enhancements and refinements have gone into the making of the New Saga and we believe the New Saga will appeal to all especially those looking to buy a car for the first time or as a practical second car. We have incorporated a stylish design, practicality, safety, convenience and comfort into the country’s best value for money sedan,” said Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, Chief Executive Officer of Proton.
Owners of the new Saga will experience a quieter cabin as the change to the 3-point engine mounting has resulted in a reduction of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.
Consistent with Proton’s drive to provide a safer car to its customers, the new Saga achieved an improved rating of 4-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating across all its variants compared with 3-star rating previously. The improved safety features for all variants include 2 front airbags, ISOFIX and top tether as well as front and reverse sensors. Coupled with a stronger body structure, the New Saga has also achieved an improved Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and Child Occupant Protection (COP) ratings. For the Premium and Executive variants, the Saga is equipped with more features for example; ABS, EBD with Brake Assist, ESC (Saga Premium), Traction Control (Saga Premium), Hill-Hold Assist (Saga Premium and reverse camera (Saga Premium).
The New Saga is now available for test drive and booking at all Proton Edar outlets nationwide. The new Proton Sage standard comes in at RM 36,800 (MT) and RM 39,800 (CVT), the Saga Premium is priced at RM 42,800 and the Premium edition is tagged RM 45,800. Colors available, see below: