Proton is on the verge of introducing its first products in Pakistan starting from the X70 SUV which is expected be launched in December, followed by Saga sedan which will likely go on sale in January 2021. Both the vehicles will initially be introduced as CBU with local assembling set to commence before June 2021.
Earlier today renowned Malaysian automotive portal Paultan which considered among the most authentic source of information has revealed details regarding features & available variants of both the X70 SUV and Saga sedan. According to information the X70 will be available in following variants:
- Standard 2WD
- Executive 2WD
- Executive 4WD
- Premium X 2WD
Salient features of the flagship X70 Premium X variant will include Nappa leather, panoramic sunroof and 4-way electrically-adjustable driver & front passenger seat with ‘boss’ switch. Reportedly, the standard safety equipment in Pakistan-spec Proton X70 includes:
- 6 airbags
- ABS with EBD
- Electronic Stability control
- Traction Control System
- Hill Hold Assist and Hill Descent Control
The Executive 4WD version will come equipped with AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) in addition to the features mentioned above. The flagship Premium X 2WD variant will gain additional equipment which includes:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Departure Warning
- Blind Spot Information System
- Door Opening Warning
- Intelligent High Beam, and
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
As exclusively reported by us earlier this year, Proton X70 in Pakistan will come equipped with 1.5 liter turbocharged Direct Injection engine co-developed by Geely & Volvo. This happens to be the same engine that propels the award winning Volvo XC40 as well as the Geely SX11 Binyue crossover.
Contrary to this, the X70 in its home market– Malaysia comes powered by 1.8 liter engine. This is a wise move since having a lower displacement engine; the X70 will gain tax benefits which will give it an edge over its rivals here. Furthermore, the Volvo-Geely sourced 1.5L turbo engine is much more powerful (176hp/ 255Nm) than the naturally aspirated 2.0L units (155hp/ 196Nm) found in Kia Sportage & Hyundai Tucson here.
Proton Saga on the other hand will be offered in three variants:
- Standard MT
- Standard AT
- Premium AT
As we revealed earlier this year, the Saga too will come equipped with a slightly downsized engine to secure tax gains. Instead of the 1332cc engine, the Pakistan-pec Saga will carry a 1298cc engine under its hood with barely any difference in the output figures.
Standard safety kit on the 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.
Though official prices of Proton Saga and X70 are yet to be disclosed our sources have told that the company intends to price these vehicles very competitively with Saga’s base variant to be priced around Suzuki Cultus whereas the base X70 is likely to be less expensive than the Kia Sportage. Both X70 and Saga are the winners of 2019 Malaysian Car of the Year award in their respective categories, and have been doing tremendously well in terms of sales back in their home market helping Proton regain its position as the 2nd bestselling car brand in Malaysia.
More information on Proton X70 and Saga to be shared as & when available, stay tuned to CarSpiritPK.
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