The third gen Proton Saga sedan is expected to be closely related to the Iriz.
The Proton Iriz hatchback was launched in Malaysia yesterday amidst much fanfare and the focus has now shifted towards the next product, the Proton Saga 3 sedan.
Given that the Iriz is not just a global product but a new global platform for the Malaysian automaker, it is perfectly logical for the new Saga to derive its underpinnings from the Iriz. It still remains to be seen whether the upcoming sedan will borrow its design cues from the hatchback but here are the speculative renderings by Funtastiko's reader Mr. Mohd Firdaus Yawahil that support such a thought.
As in the case of most of the instant sedans, the Iriz-based model could be possessing a revised front bumper and carry over the design until the B-pillar. The swooping roofline of the hatchback would make it easier for the designers to integrate a boot without disturbing the design harmony. The rear fascia's design would be a sharper interpretation of the Proton Saga's current design philosophy.
Earlier, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, executive chairman, Proton Holdings Berhad, told media that the development of the Saga 3 is being fast-tracked and that it could be out as early as 2015, moving upmarket.
Another Funtastiko reader Mr. Mohd Najmi Rosdi has come up with a rendering of a sportier version of the Iriz hatchback. The renderings portray the Hyundai Grand i10 rival with an aggressive front bumper, sporty body kit and larger alloy wheels.
Competitors for Saga 3: VW Polo Sedan (Vento), Honda City, Mazda2 sedan
[Renderings from Funtasticko]