Here's all you need to know about the new and improved 2022 Proton Saga
After much anticipation, Proton today unveiled the new Proton Saga at the Proton Centre of Excellence in Subang Jaya.
Although the car looks almost identical to the outgoing model, many new features have been incorporated into the model which is now available in four variants with prices as mentioned below:
- Proton Saga 1.3L Standard MT - RM34,400
- Proton Saga 1.3L Standard AT - RM38,300
- Proton Saga 1.3L Premium AT - RM41,300
- Proton Saga 1.3L Premium S AT - RM44,300
There is no mechanical upgrade of any sorts as all variants are still powered by the same 1.3-litre four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC VVT petrol engine with a maximum output of 95 PS at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, which is paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.
However, the Electric Stability Control feature which was only available in the Premium variant before this, is now available in all variants except for the Standard MT, which means that safety has somewhat improved overall.
Speaking of safety, the list of standard features include two airbags, ABS, EBD, and BA. Meanwhile, the Premium and Premium S variants get additional features like a reverse camera and front parking sensors.
As much as the exterior is concerned, new features include Proton's new circular logo on the Infinite Weave front grille, redesigned wheels, and the skirting on the Premium and Premium S variants.
Inside, the steering wheel, the centre-console, and air-cond control panel are all new. Proton has also fitted the Saga with the N95 cabin air filter as standard in all variants. We also have Push Start ignition, Keyless Entry, and Remote boot-release now in the Premium variants.
The main highlight of the 2022 Proton Saga is certainly the new Premium S variant which sits on top of the range.
Setting it apart from the other variants are features like the two-tone 15-inch alloy wheels, front and side skirting, a red "Etheral Bow" trim on the front grille which also rocks Proton's new circular emblem, auto-folding side mirrors, and the aforementioned boot release button.
Inside, the Saga Premium S gets leatherette-clad seats and steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, as well as red accents around the speedometer, air vents, and on the steering wheel. The headlining and pillars are all black, while the 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity is also new.
While the Standard MT variant only gets one USB port, every other variant gets three USB ports. The lower spec variants on the other hand, get fabric seats, 14-inch wheels, two speakers instead of the Premium variants' four, as well as single tone wheels unlike the Premium variants' two-toned ones.
Thanks to the addition of the new features, the price of the Saga has increased by about RM2,000 to RM3,000. However, the price is still very competitive compared to the Perodua Bezza which is the Saga's direct rival.
Available in five colours, all variants of the new Proton Saga are offered with a five-year/ 100,000 km manufacturer's warranty.