After once more, the festivities are not also far away, and Chinese New Year appears as excellent a time as any to welcome a new vehicle into the household. To that finish, Proton Edar is running a Chinese New Year promotion, with rebates on every model ranging from RM500 to RM12,000.
Beginning with the Saga and Persona, which begin from RM36,800 and RM46,350 respectively, a rebate of up to RM500 is presented. Meanwhile, the Exora people-mover begins from RM69,840, and now comes with a rebate of up to RM4,000. Next up are the Preve and the Perdana, starting from RM59,710 and RM113,438 respectively, with a rebate of up to RM5,000 each.
Proton’s B-segment hatchback, the Iriz, comes with a rebate of up to RM9,300, from a starting price of RM41,520. Last but not least is the Proton Suprima S, the sole model here to come into the CNY promotion with a five-figure rebate – up to RM12,000 to be exact. Costs for the turbocharged hatchback start off from RM69,840.
Valid until January 31, 2017, prices as stated on this Chinese New Year promotion are applicable to Peninsular Malaysia only.
No shame in rebadging, if it serves up a remedy that would otherwise take as well long – and too significantly – to accomplish. Such is the case with the Proton Ertiga, which features the Suzuki MPV with the very same name as its donor. It’s the initial automobile to come about from the collaboration with the Japanese manufacturer, carried more than virtually wholesale for deployment in this market place.
As has been talked about ahead of, the notion behind the compact MPV’s introduction is straightforward adequate. Although the automaker has the Exora, not everybody needs a huge individuals mover, and price is often a paramount consideration at this level. With most just wanting as many seats for as tiny outlay as achievable, a B-segment supplying fits that short in the most appropriate style.
Which is where the Ertiga comes in. It opens up a complete new front for the national carmaker, affording it the means to take on long-standing and established competition such as the Perodua Alza with out possessing to go through the whole rigmarole of possessing to design and create one from scratch.
We take a closer appear to see if the off-the-shelf fix measures up. It is actually the second go with the Ertiga, but the initial was very significantly limited in scope, confined to the automaker’s test track in November last year. This time out, we put the MPV via its paces by means of a more reflective road test.
1st, a fast revisit of the automobile and its specifications. No revelations to be identified in those lines, even though the unfettered, generic shape must hold up well over the lengthy run. Compared to the original, the front finish of the Proton derivative functions a wider grille with a chrome bar running across the width. The front bumper has also been redesigned and functions larger fog lamp surrounds.
The rear, meanwhile, gets a mix of elements from the facelifted and pre-facelift Suzuki model, and the Ertiga sits on 5-split-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels across the model range, dressed with 185/65 GT Radial Champiro Eco tyres. A point about the centre caps, which wear the new Proton logo – fitment on the test mules didn’t look really flush or uniform, so that is one thing to boost on.
At 4,265 mm extended, 1,695 mm wide and 1,685 mm tall, with a wheelbase of two,740 mm, the Ertiga – which sits on a stretched Swift platform – is 327 mm shorter and 114 mm narrower than the Exora, but has a ten mm longer wheelbase. As for the Alza, it is major competitor, the Ertiga is five millimetres shorter and 65 mm taller, even though the Perodua has a wheelbase that’s ten mm longer.
The cabin is a dead ringer for that on the Suzuki, with every little thing brought more than in bulk, the only change being the Proton logo adorning the steering wheel boss. You get only one flavour for the interior, and that is a grey/beige colour scheme. Whilst the bright tone option lends a better perception of space, there are prospective troubles with going that route, but more about this later.
The drive presented a review of the rear dimensions of the interior via numbers. Past the rear aperture, you get 850 mm of available height, even though there’s 1,180 mm of width pre-wheel properly and 1,000 mm in in between the wheel wells. Depth, with the third-row seats totally folded, is 1,000 mm, growing to 1,820 mm with the second-row folded. With both rear row seats folded, there’s extremely decent cargo space to be had, at least to sight.
The Ertiga is offered in 3 variants, an Executive manual (RM58,800) and automatic (RM61,800) as well as an Executive Plus auto (RM64,800). A recap on gear. Normal across the range are front and rear fog lights, rear parking sensors, USB connectivity, two 12V power sockets (one particular in the second row), a rear air-con blower and a 4-speaker audio system.
The Plus adds on chrome garnish for the front fog lamp surrounds and the interior door handles, a driver seat height adjuster, a multi-function steering wheel and two front seat back pockets (as opposed to one particular on the base Executive). Also on, power-folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicators and and two dashboard-mounted tweeters to bump up the speaker count to six. No Bluetooth for the audio kit, although.
As for safety kit, the Ertiga is equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchors on the second row. There’s no electronic stability control offered for the vehicles right here, but regardless of this, the model is nevertheless worth a four-star ASEAN NCAP rating.
Energy comes courtesy of the Japanese automaker’s K14B 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC VVT petrol engine, familiar to all from the Swift hatchback. Here, it delivers 92 PS at six,000 rpm and 130 Nm at four,000 rpm, paired with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
The output figures aren’t all that hot (for instance, it has 14 hp and six Nm significantly less than the Alza), but it is nonetheless very good sufficient to get the Ertiga from standstill to 100 km/h in 11.eight seconds for the manual and 13.9 seconds for the auto.
What it lacks in output, it tends to make up for in fuel economy. On paper, the Ertiga is capable to achieve 5.7 litres per one hundred km (manual) and six. litres per one hundred km (automatic) on an European NEDC cycle run, which tends to make it the automaker’s first automobile to get an Power Effective Vehicle (EEV) certification. It is also the very first compact MPV in Malaysia to acquire the status.
On to the functionality. The day-long drive of the Ertiga began with a fuel economy challenge, carried out over a 72 km-extended route out from Proton’s Centre of Excellence to Bandar Malawati in Kuala Selangor. Cruising along for the most at speeds of 80-90 km/h on the motorway, the Ertiga felt smooth and largely poised, with the MPV very agreeable to the unhurried, light throttle approach we had been taking with it.
As for FC numbers, primarily based on the trip laptop reading, colleague Durrani Shahrom and I managed to coax 21.7 km per litre from the MPV more than the reasonably quick course. Unless you’re going to drive feather-footed and not encounter considerably site visitors situations on a daily basis, which is hugely improbable, this figure isn’t anyplace close to being realistic.
On the challenge, some heavier-footed drivers had been carrying out 17-18s, so primarily based on this a genuine-world average someplace in the 14-15s will be workable if you are judicious with the throttle, which is what the final reading was when we rolled in back to the COE in the evening, getting accomplished a lot more than 200 km. For the fuel challenge, we can only report our personal numbers, simply because the final figures elsewhere have been jumbled.
As expected, the steering has extremely small feel, but is light enough for urban function, and front seat comfort is decent. The second row seats, which can be slid backward and forwards as a lot as 240 mm, offer very good legroom if there are no third-row occupants, with the capacity to tilt the seat-backs becoming a boon.
Go with six, nevertheless, and it becomes a considerably tighter affair. To provide workable knee-space clearance on the very final row, second-row passengers will have to haul in the seats and have the seat-backs – completely – tilted up.
For short hops, this will not be an concern, and the rear-most seats are absolutely workable despite an apparent lack of headroom for taller passengers. Actually, that is quite considerably what they will be for, for brief runs within the city, since you can’t seat six and try lengthy-distance runs, not if you want to carry baggage, which presumably most do on out-of-town trips. If so, with 135 litres with the rear seats in position, these bags will have to be fairly little.
The Alza of course faces the very same concern, and has even much less space to boot (negative pun) with 83 litres, so one particular genuinely can’t complain about what’s offered on the Ertiga. If you do fold flat the third-row seating to accommodate luggage, this goes up to 400 litres, but then you’re basically left with a four-seater.
Now, the second-row 60:40 split bench can truly seat three, but with no lap belt in spot, that indicates the middle-most passenger goes without security. Not that it has stopped most, truth be told. An option permutation for five and cargo would be to deploy a single third-row seat and hope that half the accessible volume (about 200 litres) functions.
On to ride and handling. As opposed to the Perdana, exactly where at least there was some tyre-tuning on hand, the Ertiga rides and handles specifically as the Suzuki it was designed as. The latter aspect is not expected to be a forte on an providing such as this, and it is not.
Preserve it tidy and it is all quite manageable. Try corners at slightly larger speeds, even so, and you’ll discover fairly a bit of roll and only typical levels of grip, with a tail exhibiting a liveliness that isn’t all that reassuring. With no VSC present, even more so, and the latter is one thing that must be addressed.
The exact same can also be stated about ride elements. In an urban context and corresponding speeds there’s little to complain about, with secondary ride becoming fairly clean. The principal takes a bit more receiving used to, a lot more from the second row on, the stiffness brought about by the torsion beam set-up being evident.
At national highway speed limits and beyond, second row occupants will have to contend with a fair quantity of jiggle, amplified even additional on the third row. Makes you wonder what could have been had Proton’s ride and handling boys been provided the chance to work on the set-up.
Nonetheless, it is not uncomfortable, the Ertiga you just have to take a a lot more measured approach with it, as was noticed in the initial fuel economy component of the drive. In terms of civility, factors remain largely intact running into the 90-one hundred km/h variety, with 110 km/h becoming borderline in terms of NVH and general ride refinement.
Press on into and above the 120 mark and you’ll locate that while wind and road noise levels remain decent, the powertrain – and drivetrain – begins getting very raucous, and not extremely pleasantly so. The mill loses severe puff as well as the speed climbs, and even though it’s achievable to get the Ertiga to 160 km/h, inquiries remain as to how it will fare hauling more in the way of load, seeing as there have been only two in our car.
No surprises with the four-speed Aisin automatic’s functionality. You can really feel the transitions and the lack of gearing becomes apparent as you move higher up the speed scale, but it works well adequate in moving the MPV about in slower-paced urban applications.
A word about the auxiliary air-conditioning for second- and third-row occupants. The ceiling-mounted rear unit – which has its personal devoted cooling coil – takes in air from the cabin through a series of front facing intake vents, and the blower becomes really audible from the front row as a outcome of those apertures. No complaints about its efficiency although.
Some thoughts about the beige part of the two-tone colour scheme that adorns the interior. Light colours undoubtedly make the cabin really feel airier and bigger, and they always appear fantastic when new, but you can just see troubles cropping up down the road.
The seat fabric aside, high get in touch with wear locations appear to be the arm rest fabric on the door card and side panelling on the centre console. Actually, several places of the plastic trim appear like they will not be capable to escape inevitable scuffing (and the slow grind of gunk, more than time), so unless you’re fastidious, keeping it all pristine will be a challenge. The level of wear will rely on how often you taxi people around in the Ertiga, but it’s unavoidable.
So, the stick to-up report card on the Suzuki-derived Proton Ertiga returns a bit of a mixed bag of final results. There’s surely quite a lot of guarantee, but there are also shortcomings. Even though a day’s worth of driving does not truly reflect how it will shape up for most buyers more than the extended haul, there are some pressing points that look like they will unquestionably rear up.
The Ertiga is in its element approached in an urban context, as a individuals mover for city use, and if you are not in a hurry. Regardless of the shadow cast more than it by the Alza, it’s versatile adequate for what it is, certainly for the automaker in plugging a slot in a segment it previously had nothing at all in, but no matter whether the lack of pull and refinement when pushed will be an issue down the line will rely on the expectations purchasers have of it.
My, has it been a crazy year! It certainly has been for Proton, which has launched not just a new advertising and marketing campaign and a new logo, but also 3 new vehicles. The national carmaker kicked its item blitz in June with the D-segment Perdana, then followed it up with two successive launches in August and September with the Persona and Saga respectively.
We’ve been waiting for these cars for some time now, and following driving them it is clear that even though these vehicles aren’t necessarily best, we are seeing flashes of brilliance, particularly with the deeply-impressive Saga. But now the focus is on the final automobile on the launch agenda, 1 that is completely out of the handle of the talents within the company – the Suzuki-derived Proton Ertiga MPV.
The rationale behind it is basic. The Exora might have been Proton’s first MPV, but it is a bigger vehicle targeted at a much more discerning buyer, one who wants much more sophistication in their automobile, if not a lot more space. Meanwhile, the reduced end of the industry is burgeoning, with competitors left and proper rushing to meet the requirements of households who merely want as several seats for as tiny outlay as attainable.
Now, Proton finally has the automobile to grab a slice of that pie. Accessible in Executive and Executive Plus variants, the Ertiga desires to be what purchasers will think of when they think of a no-frills people mover, and with substantially decrease improvement fees, will most likely be priced as such. But is there any substance behind it? We put it to its paces on Proton’s test track, to find out.
Theophilus Chin’s rendering of the Proton Ertiga in 4 colours genuine deal looks very equivalent
Set to be launched true quickly, the Ertiga is various from the rest of the cars that Proton has launched this year, even the Perdana that is based on the eighth-generation Honda Accord. As per the agreement with Suzuki, it is pretty considerably identical to the Japanese-badged model, and bears almost zero input from Proton’s engineers and designers. Same case with the Ertiga-based Mazda VX-1 too.
Despite the fact that no photographs were allowed to be taken in the course of the media preview, it is safe to say that you are not missing out on much this time – just envision the facelifted Suzuki Ertiga with the Proton badge and you’re already there (we’ve even integrated rendering wizard Theophilus Chin’s ideation above, in case you are possessing problems). Not even the name has been changed, contrary to our personal Danny Tan’s words at the start of the year: “the tiger-badged MPV will not be known as Ertiga, of course.” Renowned last words, Danny…
Proton’s version wears the regular facelift’s milder front fascia, instead of the extroverted Peugeot-inspired face of the Ertiga Dreza. The Swift-style vertical swept-back headlights stay, but the grille is now wider to meet the lamps and gets a chrome bar operating across. The front bumper has also been redesigned with a friendlier face and larger fog lamp surrounds, with chrome trim on the Executive Plus variant.
The side profile remains nondescript, with the upswept window line and pronounced wheel arches being the only flourishes. The Ertiga’s wheel-at-every single-corner stance is thanks to its sizeable wheelbase – regardless of being 327 mm shorter and 124 mm narrower than the Exora, the length in between the axles is truly ten mm longer. It is also a modest four mm taller than Proton’s in-house MPV, probably due to the sizeable 185 mm ground clearance, meant for the rough rural roads of nations like Indonesia and India.
As for its other competitors, it is a bit of a mixed bag – at four,265 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,685 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,740 mm, it is 60 mm longer and 65 mm taller than its closest rival, the Perodua Alza, but the latter’s wheelbase is also ten mm up on the Ertiga. On the other hand, the Toyota Avanza is drastically smaller sized than the Ertiga in practically all aspects, only matching the Proton in height.
Moving on, the rear of the car gets the tail light extensions and chrome bar seen on the facelifted model. Proton’s head of design Azlan Othman said that there was no choice to take away these polarising components, simply because of the agreement to take the automobile as is.
Even so, the rear bumper is taken from Indonesia’s pre-facelift Ertiga, likely due to the want to incorporate a rear fog light for the Malaysian industry. 5-split-spoke alloy wheels are standard and measure 15 inches in diameter, shod with 185/65R15 GT Radial Champiro Eco tyres they are identical to the Suzuki’s but come with centre caps carrying the new Proton logo.
Step inside and you will uncover an interior that has been carried more than wholesale, with the exception of the Proton badge on the steering wheel boss. The grey-and-beige colour scheme might not appeal to absolutely everyone, but what it does do is open up the space, making the cabin seem significantly larger than it is. It is a distinct contrast to the Exora’s all-black atmosphere, which is far more stylish but also provides off a far more claustrophobic feel.
The Swift-derived dashboard will be familiar to anyone who has owned a late-model Suzuki, with a straightforward, user-friendly layout. Every little thing is laid out specifically as you’d count on them to be – a clear, legible instrument cluster in front of the driver and twin air vents at the best of the centre console, followed by a simple radio/CD player and 3 big knobs to control the air-con. The seats supply a comfortable, if upright driving position, although only the Executive Plus gets height adjustment.
Construct good quality is decent – though you’ll be looking extended and difficult for any soft-touch plastics, everything is screwed solidly collectively and feels up to par with something from Japan or Korea. More disappointing is the lack of storage space at the front of the cabin – it undoubtedly seems that the Ertiga has been designed just before the advent of the smartphone.
Aside from the shallow shelf above the glovebox, the only place you will be capable to retailer items is in the sole cupholder ahead of the gearlever. Space among the seats is taken up by the handbrake, and there is no cubbyhole below it to stow your odds and ends, like the Saga does. There’s no armrest, either, nor a cupholder for the second-row seats.
Speaking of which, the middle row is a two-seater – hence creating the vehicle a six-seater MPV – even although the bench extremely clearly has space for 3. The Ertiga doesn’t have a provision for a 3-point centre seat belt, so the lap belt has basically been taken out.
Proton contends that as such, second-row passengers will make better use of the rear armrest. It’s right here exactly where the automobile feels the roomiest – there’s acres of headroom, and the seats provide generous fore/aft adjustment (variety of 240 mm, in fact), affording a lot of legroom.
Access to the third row is achieved by pulling a lever to tilt the second-row backrest and slide the whole seat forward. It is simpler but significantly less practical than the Exora’s 1-touch-tumble seats, even though the vast wheelbase guarantees that there is at least a decently-sized hole to crawl into after ensconced, you’ll uncover a cupholder and cubbyholes for every seat.
Legroom right here is sufficient even for adults, but the stadium seating – which gives an superb view out for all 3 rows – does imply that headroom is at a premium for taller passengers. Nonetheless, it feels far more spacious back there compared to the Perodua Alza.
As with most small three-row MPVs, boot space is tiny with all seats up, at just 135 litres however, it expands to 400 litres with the 50:50-split third row folded (can be carried out with out removing the headrests, unlike the Perodua), and the second row can be folded 60:40 for even more area. There’s also a false floor at the rear hiding even more storage space – the space-saver spare tyre is situated under the auto.
Kit count is almost identical on both Executive and Executive Plus variants – normal equipment includes front and rear fog lights, rear parking sensors, USB connectivity, two 12V power sockets (which includes a single for the second row), a rear air-con blower (with committed cooling coils, a considerable improvement over the Alza) and four speakers.
Plump for the Plus and you get the aforementioned seat height adjuster, energy-folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicators, chrome interior door handles, two front seat back pockets (as opposed to one), a multifunction steering wheel and two tweeters to make it six speakers in total. There’s no Bluetooth, keyless entry or push-button commence, regrettably, even even though these products are obtainable in nations like India.
Safety-wise, all models come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix youngster seat anchors on the second-row seats. Electronic stability handle is not offered, which is almost certainly the purpose why there is no Premium-badged variant with that feature. Proton has mentioned that the Ertiga gets a four-star ASEAN NCAP crash test rating.
Sitting on a stretched Swift platform, the Ertiga is powered by the hatchback’s K14B 1.four litre naturally-aspirated VVT petrol engine. Proton is specifically proud about the mill’s metal timing chain, an item which will not be introduced in its personal engines till the brand new GDI and TGDI engine family members goes into production, slated for the finish of subsequent year.
In this application, the engine produces 92 PS at six,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels by way of either a 5-speed manual gearbox or – the initial in a lengthy time for a Proton – a four-speed automatic transmission the Executive Plus is only offered with the slush box. Zero to one hundred km/h is achieved in 11.8 seconds with the manual and 13.9 seconds for the auto.
In terms of fuel consumption, the Ertiga manages five.7 litres per one hundred km with the manual ‘box and six. litres per 100 km with the automatic, each at a continual 90 km/h. These figures have enabled it to achieve the company’s 1st Energy Effective Automobile (EEV) certification. In comparison, the turbocharged Exora CFE CVT makes use of 7.8 litres per one hundred km.
Away from the spec sheet, the Ertiga drives like many other MPVs, and that is not necessarily a poor point. With such a modest quantity of energy, the engine can struggle to move the folks-mover around, specifically fully-loaded with full-sized adults – even even though the car itself is fairly light by MPV requirements (1,175 kg for the manual, 1,185 kg with the auto Exora weighs 1,480 kg).
Nevertheless, the tiny mill is at least a willing participant, being revvy yet surprisingly smooth throughout. It is also a pretty muted engine, and combined with a good suppression of road and wind noise, it tends to make this a really refined auto at a cruise (engine pulls two,900 rpm at 110 km/h). Directional stability is decent, also, with small work essential to keep it on the straight and narrow on Proton’s oval test track.
We also had the manual variant on test, but if you’re hoping Proton has secretly snuck in the sweet, slick ‘box from the Swift Sport, you’d be deeply disappointed. The stick in between the Ertiga’s front seats is instead rubbery and a touch imprecise, even though it has brief throws the clutch petal also has a really short travel with small in the way of progression, even though the throttle cutoff is a tiny sharp with the row-your-personal ‘box. The gearing also appears to be a tiny quick, with the manual maintaining 3,200 rpm at 110 km/h.
Moving off onto the ride simulation course, the Ertiga remains composed more than broken tarmac and surface undulations, probably due to the longer wheelbase. It does, nevertheless, really feel a mite firm sitting in the last two rows – the rear torsion beam has almost certainly been made stiffer to account for the added quantity of passengers.
As usual, becoming confined to the test track signifies that there is no real way to sample the Ertiga’s handling. Even so, the steering, as with the majority of electrically-assisted systems out there, does not deliver much in the way of feedback – despite the fact that it is direct and accurate, and probably a touch heavier than the Alza’s, which is not a negative thing. The brakes, meanwhile, are impressive, with a robust and progressive pedal, and the vehicle tracks straight and accurate even beneath challenging braking.
So, at the finish of the day, does the Ertiga have the substance to back its bargain basement positioning? The short answer is yes – Proton’s newest item combines the space and practicality that 1 expects from a spending budget MPV, with a level of refinement that is a noticeable step up from what purchasers in this segment are used to. It aids shatter the notion that low-cost MPVs are uncouth and raucous. The committed rear air-con blower is however one more large plus point also.
But there’s an additional side to this, and it is the truth that the kit count could be a little also standard for young households, who may possibly want a bit a lot more in the way of gadgets and fancy toys. Nowhere else is this shortcoming shown up more than through the Alza, which is not only a suitable seven-seater and has a larger, more strong 1.five litre engine, but is also offered with a touchscreen infotainment system, a reverse camera and that all-critical bodykit – even though it has to be pointed out that ABS is only fitted on greater-end variants.
Eventually, buyers interested in the Ertiga will have to check their expectations of superfluous fripperies at the door, and come to embrace the car’s focus on comfort and space. If Proton prices it just correct, we have no doubt of the Ertiga’s ability to attract specifically these buyers.
Yet another month, one more Proton launch. You have studied the specifications and read our very first impressions report. Now, you can watch the 2016 Proton Saga’s official launch ceremony tomorrow live, streamed exclusively on paultan.org. Join us right here from two:45pm onwards as we bring to you live feed from the launch occasion and stroll you by means of the new model.
This is the sequel to the Proton Saga BLM from 2008, and it comes into a new world exactly where the Perodua Bezza has proven to be popular with Malaysians seeking for an entry-level sedan. 3-box saloons have been Proton’s exclusive territory till Perodua came up with its first ever sedan earlier this year, so the new Saga has to provide for its maker.
Identical platform as just before, but there’s a redesigned physique and enhanced chassis. The Saga is solely powered by a 1.3 litre VVT engine with 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm at four,000 rpm. Transmission possibilities contain a 5-speed manual (Normal only) and a revised CVT automatic (Common, Executive, Premium). The interior has also been redesigned.
Tentative pricing is from from RM37k and RM46k. The prime spec Saga gets characteristics such as ESC with hill hold, 15-inch alloys, reverse camera integrated into the rear-view mirror and a double-DIN head unit with steering controls. Front and rear parking sensors are normal across the board, but ABS/EBD/Brake Help are only obtainable from the Executive onwards. ASEAN NCAP has provided the new Saga a 4-star rating.
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Here’s a huge surprise – Proton has revealed its new baby, the 2016 Proton Saga, in all its glory! The quick-paced video the spending budget sedan seems in is technically a teaser trailer for a longer video that need to be coming out soon after the launch, but it leaves nothing to the imagination.
Despite getting primarily based on the present model, the new automobile appears fairly a lot distinct. The front finish has been totally redesigned with new reflector headlights, a dual-bar grille (inspired by the new Perdana) and a massive moustache-like lower grille that goes below the fog lights.
Along the sides, there’s a new, deeper shoulder line that carries the door handles, whilst the C-pillar gets a new BMW-like kink. The rear has also been provided a considerable redo with trapezoidal tail lights linked together with a horizontal bar, plus a big diffuser-like rear valence. The blue prime-spec Premium model also gets intricate 15-inch alloy wheels.
Proton has currently revealed the interior in full, which has been fully redesigned with a new centre console, rectangular air vents, a steering wheel from the Exora, Preve and Suprima S (with multifunction buttons on the Premium) and a folding rear bench.
Though it sits on the identical two,465 mm wheelbase as before, the new vehicle is 74 mm longer, 9 mm wider and 11 mm decrease. The chassis is also 20% stiffer, whilst a faster steering (still hydraulically-assisted), lighter door closing effort and an improved ride and handling package have also been added.
Under the bonnet sits the very same 1.three litre VVT engine as the Iriz (replacing the old IAFM+ unit), though output stays the identical at 94 hp at five,750 rpm and 120 Nm at four,000 rpm. Transmission possibilities contain a CVT, as well as a five-speed manual transmission on the base Standard model.
In spite of related outputs, Proton claims the new Saga is both faster and far more economical than ahead of. The manual version now gets to 100 km/h in 12.2 seconds (from 13. secs), and consumes 5.4 l/100 km at 90 km/h (from 6. l/one hundred km). Meanwhile, the CVT does 100 km/h in 13.1 seconds (from 14.five secs), and 5.6 l/one hundred km at 90 km/h (from six.3 l/100 km). Improvements introduced on the Persona (3-point engine mount for far better NVH, revised ECU for much better response) are present right here as well.
Kit-wise, the Saga Standard comes with 13-inch steel wheels (with plastic covers), rear fog lamps, front and rear parking sensors, a single-DIN head unit (with Bluetooth) and USB charging ports. It also gets unpainted wing mirrors, door handles and rear garnish, plain black fabric seats, as well as a black-themed interior.
Moving to the mid-variety Executive variant, you will uncover the addition of body-coloured wing mirrors (now power-adjustable), door handles and rear garnish, black-painted B-pillars, front fog lamps and a rear bootlid spoiler. Other additions consist of 14-inch alloy wheels, added gloss grey accents to the interior (outer air-con vents and steering wheel trim) and fabric seats with a mesh pattern.
Finally, the Premium adds the aforementioned 15-inch alloy wheels and a chrome finish for the rear horizontal bar. You will also get a reverse camera (with the feed shown in the rear-view mirror, a la Exora), a double-DIN head unit with steering audio controls, fabric seats with a wavy pattern and much more gloss grey trim on the gear lever.
In terms of safety, the Saga comes with dual airbags and ISOFIX rear youngster seat mounts with best tethers – collectively with the revised crash structure, they supply the automobile with a 4-star ASEAN NCAP security rating. Additionally, the Premium variant introduces stability manage and hill-start help, which means that all Proton models now offer at least a single variant with the active safety assist method. Unfortunately, only the Executive and Premium models get ABS with EBD and brake help.
Bookings have already been opened, with the automobile carrying tentative pricing of amongst RM37k and RM46k – placing it squarely up against the new Perodua Bezza. The warranty coverage has also been enhanced from three years to five, and despite the fact that no mileage limit has been specified, we assume that it is identical to the Preve, Suprima S, Iriz and Persona, which is 150,000 km.
Weve already driven the new 2016 Proton Saga – read our initial impressions right here.
Tipped to be launched by the finish of the month, the upcoming 2016 Proton Saga has received a 4-star crash protection rating from ASEAN NCAP. The budget sedan scored 13.33 points in adult occupant protection (AOP) and a 71% compliance in kid occupant protection (COP) – the latter indicates the auto is also rated 4 stars in youngster protection.
These figures evaluate favourably with these accomplished by the current Saga FLX+ tested in 2013 – that automobile mustered a score of 10.23 points in AOP, earning it 3 stars. Its COP compliance score of 48%, meanwhile, only managed to put it in the two-star bracket for youngster protection.
Specifics of the new Saga remain scarce, but it has been confirmed that the car will be powered by the Iriz‘ 1.3 litre VVT 4-cylinder engine – in the Iriz, it produces 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at four,000 rpm.
The use of the smaller engine (as opposed to the Saga FLX, which was also obtainable in a 1.6 SE variant) far better demarcates the Saga’s positioning in Proton’s lineup vis-à-vis the Persona, which is only accessible with the 1.six litre VVT mill. The present 5-speed manual and CVT transmission options are likely to be retained.
Right here another piece of the “Proton Ertiga” jigsaw that will be completed in October, when the Suzuki Ertiga-primarily based MPV will be officially launched. This batch of pics, from readers Muhammad Mirza and Wilson Teoh, shows us a test mule that we’ve not observed just before so far.
Wearing a psychedelic mosaic camouflage, the test mule with the “B 2291 A” trade plate rides on steel wheels and does with out the central rear fog lamp that we’ve observed so far. This could hint at an entry-level variant of the MPV with basic specs and a matching low price tag tag. The other unit observed in Wilson’s pics is as per what we’ve noticed before.
As before, the front end of the test mule seems to have the shapelier bumpers of the facelifted Ertiga that produced its debut at final year’s GIIAS show in Indonesia. But we’re not positive if Proton’s Ertiga will be a straightforward rebadge job (ala government-use Accordana) or if there will be a minor face modify involved.
At the back, the rear bumper is from the pre-faclift Ertiga, so it could be Proton picking and choosing what it desires. The 15-inch alloys are from the existing Ertiga.
Suzuki Indomobil Sales (SIS) expects bookings of 1,500 units per month from Proton. The business exports the Ertiga as a CBU model to the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to the tune of 800 to 1,000 units per month, but this is its 1st CKD export order.
SIS revealed in January that the Ertiga will be exported to Malaysia in knocked down form, from Q2 2016, at a price of 1,500 units per month. Production of the kits will commence from May, it was revealed then.
In existence considering that 2012, the Ertiga was provided a minor facelift final year. The seven-seater has a 2,740 mm wheelbase (Perodua Alza 2,750 mm, Proton Exora two,730 mm) and is powered by a 1.four litre engine with 92 PS and 130 Nm of torque. The K14B motor is paired to a five-speed manual and 4-speed auto.
An Ertiga Dreza variant with a distinctive face and more gear is also accessible in Indonesia and Thailand. There’s a Mazda-badged Ertiga in Indonesia as well, the VX-1. Check out renderings of the “Proton Ertiga” as well as the original Suzuki MPV below.
Following today’s announcement, Proton has sent out a press statement “to record its appreciation” of the Malaysian government approving the national carmaker’s soft loan of RM1.5 billion.
“The announcement by the government will catalyse Proton’s turnaround plan, which involves the rolling out of three new models this year beginning with the Perdana. With the infusion of new members of management, the organization is confident to turn around,” said the new Proton CEO, Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali.
In the statement, Proton maintained it will continue to concentrate on improving its products and services in order to serve its buyers much better. “Proton is also continuously engaging its strategic partners to explore collaborative opportunities to enhance its items offerings and time to industry. I think the assistance by the government will reinforce the self-assurance of our partners in Proton,” Fuaad added.
Proton is totally aware that its sustainability will directly have an effect on the eco-technique of the Malaysian automotive business, involving its buyers, employees, vendors, suppliers and dealers.
“We value the help and acknowledge all the issues highlighted by the government,” pointed out Fuaad, referring to MITI’s lengthy statement on the current state of the local firm. “We welcome the setting up of the task force and look forward to functioning closely with them to chart sustainable growth for Proton.”