Malaysian automaker having teamed up with Al-Haj Automotive has recently marked its comeback in Pakistan with the introduction of X70 crossover SUV earlier this month. As reported earlier, the next in line is the 1.3L Saga sedan that is set to go on sale towards the mid of January 2021.
Now the Malaysian subcompact sedan has started to reach the dealerships ahead of its official debut and can be seen in its fully undisguised form. Unlike the bloated designs of modern subcompacts, the Saga is more reminiscent to the design fad of 2000s and will attract those who love old school designs of this sort.
Proton Saga CBU unit at a local dealership
Looks aside, the built quality is superior to anything that’s currently being assembled in Pakistan. Initial batch of these Proton Saga cars will be sold as CBU units, so was this red example standing at the dealership. The local production of Saga alongside X70 is expected to commence before June 2021.
Proton Saga will be available in three variants– Standard MT, Standard AT and Premium AT. All variants will be powered by 1299cc engine specifically downsized for Pakistani market to help gain tax benefits. Power is channeled to the front wheels either using a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission depending on the variant.
Highlights include alloy rims, DRLs (Premium AT), side mirrors with integrated turn signals, rear spoiler & fog lamps. Standard safety kit on Proton Saga for Pakistan includes dual front airbags, rear seat ISOFIX anchors, ABS, EBD and brake assist, while the top Premium AT variant adds stability control, traction control and hill hold assist, front parking sensors and a reverse camera.
Prices are yet to be disclosed however as per sources it will hover around PKR 20.5 lac for the base version to up to PKR 25.0 lac for the fully loaded variant. Proton Saga will compete against the likes of Honda City, Toyota Yaris and upcoming Changan Alsvin sedans in Pakistan market. Official launch is expected to take place on the 15th of January 2021. Further information will be updated as & when available, stay tuned to CarSpiritPK.
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