Facelifted Proton Saga launched from RM33K

By JAY WONG | 6 August 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Proton launched its facelifted Saga with three variants with promises of improved levels of noise, vibration and harshness as well as enhanced body control over its predecessor.

Priced on-the-road without insurance, the Standard MT with a five-speed manual costs RM32,800 while the four-speed automatic Standard AT retails at RM35,800. The Premium AT is RM39,800.

The Saga comes in five colour choices of Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey, Rosewood Monsoon and Ruby Red.

According to Proton, the Saga Standard MT, Standard AT and Premium AT now cost respectively RM791, RM543 and RM2,047 less than before.

The local carmaker claims that it has sweetened the Saga's appeal by adding RM1,500 worth of features into the Standard MT and AT variants while the Premium AT gets an added RM1,700 worth of features.

Prospective buyers will now have three sales packages to choose from starting with a Service Package that consists of a one-year or three free labour service (whichever comes first).

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The second package is a low rate of interest that starts from 2.98%.

The third package is an insurance coverage that includes waiver of betterment costs for up to 10 years, agreed value coverage of up to 12 years, key care cover of up to RM1,000, flood relief allowance of up to RM1,000, coverage for all drivers at no extra cost and a personal accident for the policyholder of up to RM15,000.

The continuously variable transmission in the outgoing model has been done away. So are the colours of Topaz Blue and Midnight Black.

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All variants of the front-wheel-drive Saga are powered by a 1.3-litre (1,332cc) naturally aspirated engine with dual-overhead camshafts and variable valve timing.

The engine produces 95PS at 5,750rpm and 120Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The car has a kerb weight of 1,055kg (Standard MT), 1,065kg (Standard AT) and 1,080kg (Premium AT).

With a wheelbase of 2,465mm, the new Saga measures in at 4,331mm-long, 1,689mm-wide and 1,491mm-tall.

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The Saga is fitted as standard with halogen headlamps, manually foldable powered external mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, remote trunk release, a 40-litre fuel tank, a rear spoiler lip and 14-inch wheels with 185/60 series tyres.

Inside, the cabin features fabric seats, tilt-adjustable urethane steering wheel, LCD multi-information display, power windows, height-adjustable driver's seat, foldable rear seats, LED map lights and a single 12V socket as well as an ECO Drive Assist system to help drivers better manage fuel usage.

The Saga's entertainment offering is in the form of a two-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and a single USB port. The Standard AT gets three USB ports instead, with one capable of data transmission and the other two for charging purposes.

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The Saga is equipped with two airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, ISOFIX anchorage points and rear parking sensors.

The Premium AT, which is only available with a four-speed automatic, has 15-inch wheels wearing 185/55 series tyres and adds on LED daytime running lights, LED map lights, steering wheel controls and a luggage lamp.

Its entertainment system comprises of a 7.0-inch touchscreen monitor with 16GB internal storage and smartphone connectivity for its four-speaker sound system with three USB ports.

Added safety highlights include a reverse camera, electronic stability control, traction control, hill-hold assist and front parking sensors.

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