Proton has launched the long-awaited third generation Saga 1.3L, available in three variants – Standard (MT and CVT), Executive and Premium, priced from RM36,800.

We had the chance to drive it ahead of the official launch; read about it here.

“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 Malaysians especially those looking to buy a car for the first time or as a practical second car,” said Proton CEO Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, Chief Executive Officer of PROTON.

The New Saga is fitted with 1.3L VVT engine in all its variants, replacing the IAFM engine that was used in the earlier generation.

Proton claims the adoption of the VVT technology in the car significantly improves its performance in terms of acceleration and fuel consumption, which is supposedly lower by between 12% and 14%.

According to Proton, 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 6.3L/100km previously on the CVT variant, when driven at 90km/h, and it is also fitted with Eco-Drive Assist which can help drivers maintain good fuel economy.

In terms of dynamic performance, the new engine can achieve better acceleration, going from 0-100km/h in 12.2 seconds for the MT and 13.1 seconds for the CVT, 0.8 seconds and 1.3 seconds faster, respectively.

The New Saga is also longer and wider at 4331mm or 74mm longer in terms of length and at 1689mm or 9mm wider in terms of width, providing longer legroom and wider rear seats to provide more superior cabin comfort than its predecessor.

It also has a larger luggage space of 420L compared with 413L previously which can easily fit in two medium-sized and two small-sized luggages.

It is fitted with 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 seats for all the variants.

Safety-wise, the Saga has achieved an improved four-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating across all its variants compared with the previous three-star rating.

Safety features include include 2 front airbags, ISOFIX and top tether as well as front and reverse sensor across all variants.

Coupled with a stronger body structure, the New Saga has also achieved improved Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and Child Occupant Protection (COP) ratings.

The Executive and Premium variants are equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) as well as Brake Assist (BA), while the Premium variant also has Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Hill-Hold Assist (HHA) as well as reverse camera.

To date, over 2 million Saga have been sold worldwide, and Proton is confident it will continue to be successful, with a target of 5,000 units sold a month.

Assuming the target is achieved, Fuaad said the company would break even on the RM150 million investment put into the Saga’s development within three years.


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