Malaysia’s largest automaker, Proton, has detailed one of three models that will head its return to South Africa from September this year.

Along with the X50 and X70 SUVs, the Saga, a nameplate used since 1985, will serve as the only variant of the Proton sedan, its likely target – Nissan Almera, Kia Rio, Volkswagen Polo sedan, Honda Ballade and possibly initial versions. Toyota Corolla Quest.

Sold in South Africa before the release of the Proton about seven years ago, the current third-generation Saga debuted in the domestic market in 2016 as the first all-new model since introducing its predecessor eight years ago.

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Now, for the first time, the updated MC2 Saga interior name gets a slightly redesigned grille, complete with a redesigned Proton corporate badge, a new center console with smartphone-sized storage space, a redesigned air conditioning panel and switchboard, and red accents at higher levels. -final models.

In Malaysia, three configurations are offered; Standard, Premium and Premium S, all run on a 1.3-liter supercharged petrol engine that delivers 70 kW / 120 Nm. A five-speed manual transmission is standard for the first with an option, a four-speed automatic, the only option on the last pair.

In terms of dimensions, the Saga has a total length of 4,335 mm, a wheelbase of 2,465 mm, a height of 1,515 mm and a width of 1,690 mm. The declared volume of a luggage carrier at the lifted back seats makes 420 liters.

The flagship Premium S received more specific bumpers, elongated sills and 15-inch alloy wheels.

In terms of equipment, the Standard rides on 14-gauge steel wheels with plastic covers, although alloys of the same size are offered on the automatic. However, it has electric mirrors, an LCD dashboard display, keyless entry and a two-speaker sound system, as well as the following:

  • electric windows;
  • there is a separate LCD audio display;
  • double front airbags;
  • air conditioning;
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist;
  • rear parking sensors

For standard automation, in addition to the aforementioned alloys, a second USB port, elevation support system, electronic stability control and traction control are reserved.

Moving up one, Premium gets a seven-inch infotainment system with touch screen from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a multifunction steering wheel, two additional speakers and LED daytime running lights, as well as:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels;
  • trunk spoiler;
  • reversing camera;
  • folded seats with patterned fabric
Incoming Proton Saga has been updated in Malaysia
Red accents plus unique graphics for the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system – all made to order for the Premium S.

The Premium S boasts 15-inch alloy wheels, folding electric mirrors and push-button triggers, as well as the following:

  • leatherette seats with red trim;
  • black roof liner and interior door posts;
  • one-touch driver window lifting / lowering function;
  • various schedules for the infotainment system

Five shades are available on the colored front; Snow White (not available on Premium S), Jet Gray, Armor Silver, Rosewood Maroon (not available on Premium S) and Ruby Red are reserved for Premium and Premium S.

In terms of pricing, Saga Standard starts manually from 34,400 ringgits (R124,813) with automatic retail from 38,300 ringgits (R138,964). Premium has a sticker RM41 300 (R149 849) and Premium S RM44 300 (R160 734).

However, for South Africa, and depending on how the importer, Combined Motor Holdings, structures the range, it is expected that prices for the Saga will potentially start around the mark of 150,000 to 170,000 rupees if sales begin in four months.

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