Officially announced in a press release last week, the updated 2022 Proton Saga (codenamed MC2, or Minor Change 2) has been teased on national car maker’s social media channels, sparking excitement for the launch – now confirmed on May 12 at 9:45 p.m. . As previously reported, the entry-level sedan will get a light fresh exterior, a far-reaching interior redesign and several new features.
The only picture shows the new 15-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels in the Premium and the new Premium S variant, which picks up on four spoke silver with a two-tone finish, shuriken– Looks like. Also visible is the bodykit of the range-topping variant – body-colored in production cars instead of black in the development prototype.
The post has a link to register your interest, which shows another image – this time on the front end. Although the Fascia is recognized as Saga’s (there’s no change in design here), the Infinite Wave Grill got a new round proton badge, which first appeared on last year’s Facelifted Iris and the company’s home-designed models in Persona.
The grille’s full-width Ethereal Bow strip is finished in red instead of chrome, similar to the X50 SUV. Unfortunately for those of you who are hoping for a Perodua beja-style LED headlight, it also looks like the Saga will stick with the halogen lamp, as indicated by the yellow aura. The black door mirror and rear number plate are expected to feature garnish (the latter still includes Proton script).
Recent spy shots of the car’s interior feature a redesigned center console, sporting red-trimmed air vents (with directional tabs) and new iris-style digital air-conditioning controls (which still lack air flow adjustment). The center storage slot under the vent has also disappeared, replaced by a larger cube next to the 12-volt socket; The following cupholders also appear to have been reformed.
Elsewhere, the Exora-style three-spoke steering wheel gets a new airbag boss with a Proton Roundle, as seen in the Eris and Persona. Behind it, the twin-dial instrument cluster – still with the monochrome LCD multi-info display, appears to have turned red instead of the silver ring.
The Premium and Premium S have the same seven-inch infotainment touchscreen as before, though with a glossy black surround, new graphics (with an X50-style Proton logo home button) and a Perodua-esque “check your accessories” screen. Significantly, however, It still looks like the same Android-based operating system as before, instead of the new Atlas OS found in Eris and Persona.
Other slated new features include keyless entry, push-button start, auto-fold side mirror, an external boot release and leather upholstery, all of which are limited to the Premium S. The availability of stability controls has also been expanded to include standards. AT (Base Standard MT continues without this vital safety net), although there is still no autonomous emergency braking as opposed to Bezar.
No change is expected for the mechanics, meaning the Saga will be powered by the same 1.3-liter naturally ambitious Campro VVT four-cylinder engine as before, producing 95 PS at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. There will also be a four-speed Hyundai-sourced automatic gearbox – which was introduced in the 2019 Facelift to replace the old CVT- and five-speed manual.
Gallery: 2022 Proton Saga MC2 Spitshot