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Published on September 24th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair

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2016 Proton Saga Driven! 5 Key Things to Know

We were lucky enough to try out Proton’s upcoming Saga just a few days ago at their Centre of Excellence. Here’s what we can tell you so far.

There will be 3 trim levels: Standard, Executive and Premium. The only engine option is Proton’s 1.3-litre VVT, which will produce around 94hp and 120Nm of torque. The CVT is an option on each but the 5-speed manual will probably only be offered on the Standard variant. Expect excellent fuel economy of about 5.4L/100km with an ECO Drive Assist indicator. These powertrains make the new car slightly faster than the outgoing model, with 0-100km/h times.

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The new Saga utilises the current car’s platform, including suspension parts (with minor retuning). However, the number and scope of improvements that Proton have improved the car dramatically in every aspect.

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The Saga will feature twin USB chargers accessible to both from and rear passengers. We believe this will be standard on all models.

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The entire rear bench folds down to increase the 420L boot space, but there is no 60:40 split here.

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ABS isn’t standard, but on the Premium trim level, there’s even Electronic Stability Control with Hill Hold Assist

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