The Saga has just been updated, the Exora is now the oldest model of the Proton, untouched by the 2019 ongoing change (RC). The seven-seater is the only one in the MPV and its lineup that doesn’t feature the company’s new round logo, which means it’s stuck like a sore thumb.
Asked if Axora would get a similar refresh this year during the 2022 Saga launch, Deputy CEO Roslan Abdullah simply said yes. The 2022 model will come with new features, he added, although they will be “less than Saga”, so don’t expect any major changes for the aging model. It certainly wouldn’t be a facelift in the traditional sense.
For example, the 13-year-old Axora will remain largely unchanged from its 2011 facelift, this time receiving a 1.6-liter turbocharged Campro CFE engine and CVT. Roslan acknowledges that the car has survived minor updates for some time now, but says that despite low sales (consistently between 400 and 500 units per month), there is a demand for the car, which justifies its continued survival.
He also reiterated the company’s awareness of the oil cooler hose (OCH) problem that plagued CFE engines, saying that Proton engineers were in the middle of designing a new version of the part which he hoped would be more durable. He added that the company is still actively looking for customers who have actually experienced the problem.
Roslan said more significant facelifts are actually working for the Exora, which includes not only visual changes but also a new powertrain. He refrained from mentioning which engine was being considered, but we can assume it was the X70’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or the X50’s 1.5-liter turbo three-pot.
He added, however, that the company was still having an internal discussion about the amount of renewals, saying management needed to make sure that the amendments would create adequate sales volumes to justify the additional investment.
Gallery: 2019 Proton Exora 1.6T Premium