2016 Proton Saga to be repositioned, gain new 1.0L engine – Rendering
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Exterior appears to be thoroughly revised.
Proton is prepping a replacement for the entry-level Proton Saga sedan, which will launch in 2016. Based on spyshots, Malaysian digital artist Mohd Taufik has worked on a couple of renderings of the next Proton Saga.
The exterior appears to be based on the current model, although thoroughly revised for a contemporary look. It receives an Iriz-style chrome bar flanked by reshaped headlights, trapezoidal lower grille and twin faux intakes with foglamps. At the back, it has a reshaped glasshouse with a C-pillar kink, as well as a new pair of wraparound taillights connected by a chrome number plate garnish.
Proton, it is reported, has decided to move the Saga to the A-Segment so to prevent cannibalizing Proton Persona sales, and achieve a more competitive price structure. The 2016 Proton Saga hence, will compete with the likes of the Honda Brio Amaze, Toyota Etios and Ford Figo Aspire.
Reports speculate that the new Saga could pack the Iriz’s 1.3 litre VVT engine with a choice of a five-speed manual or a CVT. Later in its lifecycle, Proton will introduce their all new 1.0 litre and 1.2 litre three-cylinder engines that were recently announced. The new engines are expected to be ready by end of 2017.
Proton Saga (current model) – Image Gallery
[Source: Mohd Taufik]