Most Affordable Sedan: Proton Launches Saga in Pakistan

The all-new Proton Saga sedan has finally arrived to compete in the B-segment sedan market of Pakistan. The launch, like those of other new vehicles in Pakistan, took place via a Facebook video stream on the 4th of April, 2020.

The event was hosted by a famous television personality Mansha Pasha, who ushered the viewers through each stage of the launch, spoke about the automaker, and created the hype for the Proton Saga.


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The high commissioner of Malaysia, Ikram Muhammad Ibrahim, CEO of Proton Pakistan Hilal Khan Afridi, Director Marketing Division Ibad Jamal, and the brand ambassador for the company, Shahid Afridi, also stepped forth to speak a little bit about the car, the company, and the price of the Proton Saga.

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As is already known, Proton Saga is a subcompact sedan that is set to take on Toyota Yaris, Honda City, and Changan Alsvin in the Pakistani car market. Al-haj Proton seems quite emphatic about the fact that the Saga is the cheapest sedan available in Pakistan.

In the launch stream, the Proton Saga was revealed to have the following features:

Design

Although the Proton Saga is by no means an ugly car, its design certainly nothing to write home about either. The design of both the interior and the exterior look at least a generation old, even when compared to the Honda City and the Suzuki Swift which are actually a decade old each.

Apart from the front grille and cosmetic aspects like the decorative vents on the rear bumper, the alloy rims, a modern front bumper with DRLs, and a decklid spoiler, the car is fairly plain looking.

The interior looks older still, and although Saga’s competition is known to have a few quality control issues, their interior designs are more modern and attractive. Plus, the interior seems to be made almost completely out of cheap, hard, and shiny plastic, which – albeit durable – does not do the Saga any favors in terms of its face value.

The Standard manual, auto, and Ace variants of the car will be offered in five paint choices, namely:

  • Snow White
  • Armour Silver
  • Jet Grey
  • Rosewood Maroon
  • Ruby Red

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Performance

The Saga will be offered in three main variants — Standard Manual, Standard Auto, and Ace Auto. All the variants will be offered with only one engine option — a 1299 cc, naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 94 hp and 120 Nm of torque. The engine will be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission, depending on the variant.

There will also be a ‘limited edition’ R3 variant, which is a special trim-level inspired by Proton’s ‘R3’ motorsports division that will feature additional styling cues and a slightly larger 1332 cc engine that is offered as a standard in Malaysia. The engine makes the same power but slightly more low-end torque than the Pakistani 1299cc engine. The R3 variants will also be offered with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox option.

The car’s suspension setup consists of MacPherson struts in the front and a Torsion Bar Coil-Spring suspension at the back, allowing for a soft and smooth ride. It also has ventilated disc brakes with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) technology in the front and conventional drum brakes in the back.

Features

In terms of safety and convenience features, the Proton Saga could be a fairly strong contender among the local B-Segment vehicles. Following is the complete list of features that you can get in the Saga Sedan (subject to the variant):

  • Immobilizer System
  • Adjustable Steering with Infotainment Controls
  • Remote Trunk Opener
  • Dual front airbags
  • ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors
  • 7-inch Smart Infotainment System
  • Fog lamps
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • DRLs (Ace Trim Only)
  • Stability control (Ace Trim Only)
  • Traction control (Ace Trim Only)
  • Hill-start Assist (Ace Trim Only)
  • Front parking sensors (Ace Trim Only)
  • Reverse camera (Ace Trim Only)
  • 15 Inch Alloy Wheels (Ace Trim Only)
Price

The possible price speculations for the Saga sedan had been keeping everything on the edge of their seats for a long time. But Proton has finally put our anxiousness to rest by revealing the prices of all variants of the Saga sedan, which are as follows:

  • Standard Manual: Rs. 1,975,000
  • Standard Auto: Rs. 2,125,000
  • Ace Auto: Rs. 2,225,000
  • R3 Manual: Rs. 2,175,000
  • R3 Auto: Rs. 2,425,000

Although not ideal, the price of the Proton Saga has been kept near that of several hatchbacks in Pakistan, namely, KIA Picanto, Suzuki Swift, and Suzuki Cultus, which would allow it to be a good contender, not only against the subcompact sedans, but the hatchbacks as well.


  • Shall never prefer buying Proton at this price. Rather would go for 2nd hand Toyota or Honda.

  • I guess still high price and surely this automaker will also follow trendy prices which is really unfortunate for Pakistan.. Government is sleeping in the hands of looters… How pity for us and shameful.. Why in gulf you can afford with the same price a better car?? Such a shame

  • Proton is one of the best car brand in malaysia.i have used it more than 10 years, many models.good performance and comfortable.i would recommend it.

  • neither shape nor price is attractive.
    it will never be the first choice of consumer.
    Time will decide the fate ! :)

  • Automobile companies are minting money in Pakistan. We Pakistanis are fools who are willing to pay much higher for something that costs much less outside. The price of a top of the line Proton Saga, on-road (all taxes and insurance paid), in Malaysia is half the price in Pakistan. Malaysians don’t buy Malaysian cars because they wear out quicker than imported ones. Only those buy Malaysian cars who want to spend less on a car.
    The price should be around Rs. 1.2 million only, still the company will make good profit.

  • Good Effort Prices are better than Pakistani Brands must Introduce some low prices Cars against Mehran, Alto and Cultus.

  • Masha Allah, a good option in a fair price.
    Insha Allah it will lead the industry with highest sale if the company will maintain its price and quality

  • Saga sedan must be better than the pakistan made Honda Toyota and Suzuki as they are using 3rd grade material to built the body structure. Even bicycle can make a big dent on your cars. I have purchased Honda city 2019 model but after 2 week I sold it. Better to buy imported car much safer

  • Saga will be a good Edition in Current Scenario As it was Enevitable to Control the prices of other cars in the Market.Hope to Grasp Local market swiftly


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