Al-Haj group announced the signing of an MOU with Malaysian automotive manufacturer Proton, now owned by Geely China, to bring Proton vehicles to Pakistan.
Reportedly, as per the agreement, Al-Haj group will bring technologically advanced vehicles ranging from hatchbacks to sedans and even crossovers, SUVs and MPVs.
One of the cars spotted on the streets is Proton Saga. Upon further investigations, it was found that the news has been confirmed that Proton is indeed testing their vehicles within the country.
The investigation revealed that the 3rd Gen Proton Saga is being further experimented with. The new Saga is completely different from its predecessors as per reports. The interior and exterior are being completely revamped.
The Saga, known to be Proton’s first vehicle is also the longest-running nameplate by the manufacturer. In Malaysia, it has created a name for itself just like Mehran has in Pakistan. Over the years, the Proton Saga has become cost-effective yet has technically advanced.
The 3rd gen Saga has won quite a few automotive awards since its introduction in 2016. Including:
- Rising Star Award Car – Asean NCAP Grand Prix Award 2016
- Value-For-Money Car – Malaysia Car of the Year 2016
- Compact Sedan of the Year – DSF.my Allianz Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) 2017)
- Best 3 City Cars of Malaysia – Aurizn Awards 2018 ‘Cars of Malaysia’
- Budget Car (Bronze Winner) – Carlist.my People’s Choice Awards 2018
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We expect the 5-speed manual transmission variant in Pakistan. We also expect it to be equipped with the following features:
- Driver & passenger airbags
- Power steering/ windows
- Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
- Front & rear seatbelts
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Engine immobilizer etc.
However, the Saga that’s currently being tested in Lahore is the up-spec version with CVT gearbox.
The Saga is expected to come with a 1.3-liter DOHC VVT engine giving 94 hp and peak torque of 120 Nm.
Proton Saga First Look
The expected price of Proton Saga in Malaysia starts from RM 33,600- 42,000. In Pakistan, the expected price would start from PKR 15 lakhs onwards.
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