The news about Proton’s impending arrival in Pakistan is a hot topic among local auto enthusiasts. Although not much is known about the two cars that are going to be introduced in Pakistan, paultan.org – a Malaysian automotive news and reviews platform – has revealed a few major details about the local launch of the X70 and the Saga sedan.
The X70 is a compact crossover SUV that is set to take on the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage, and the MG HS in Pakistan. As per reports, the SUV is set to make its official debut in the market next month.
It will feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged, 3-cylinder petrol engine that makes 176 horsepower and 255 newton-meters of torque, and will be mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox.
It has further been reported that the X70 will be available in four trim-levels – the Standard 2WD, which is the base variant; the Executive 2WD; the Executive 4WD; and the Premium X 2WD.
The latter will be the finest variant in the lineup, with improvements over the standard vehicle such as forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot information system, door opening warning, intelligent high beam, tire pressure monitoring, Nappa leather interior trim, panoramic roof, and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with ‘boss’ switches.
The standard safety features in the entire X70 lineup will include six airbags, stability control, traction control, hill start and descent brake assist, along with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) in the Executive 4WD trim.
As per reports shared by carspiritpk.com, the vehicle will be launched next month as a Complete Built-up Unit (CBU), with its local assembly to commence from mid-2021.
Next in line to be launched in Pakistan is the Proton Saga – a subcompact sedan that will compete with the likes of the Honda City and the Toyota Yaris. Reports suggest that it will be debuted in January 2021.
The vehicle will be offered with a 1.3-liter, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 94 horsepower, 120 newton-meters of torque, and is mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed CVT automatic transmission.
As per reports, the Saga Sedan will be offered in 3 trim levels: the Standard MT as the base variant, the Standard AT as the middle variant, and the Premium AT as the finest variant.
The Standard MT/AT trim-levels has basic features like dual front airbags, rear seat ISOFIX anchors, ABS, EBD, and brake assist; while the Premium AT trim-level offers added features like stability control, traction control, hill start assist, front parking sensors, and a reverse camera.
Like the X70, the Saga will initially be launched as a CBU, with local assembly of the vehicle to commence from mid-2021.
One important element that is yet to be revealed is the prices of both vehicles. Although no official figures have been revealed, reports suggest that Proton will keep its prices market competitive to establish its presence.
Proton seems to have all the right tools and a strong market penetration strategy to find success in the Pakistani market, but whether it will be a hit with the public remains to be seen.