Proton has confirmed that we can expect facelifted versions of the Saga and Exora MPV to be introduced by the end of 2019.
During a press event today, Proton shared plans of its two upcoming models, including news that for the first time in 37 months, Proton has overtaken Honda in terms of new vehicles registrations for the month of April – after securing total sales of almost 7,000 vehicles. Proton added that the introduction of the two new models is part and parcel of Proton’s plan to retake the second position in overall sales by the end of 2019; currently held by Honda.
The Exora is the longest serving member of Proton’s current range, having been first introduced in 2009. The Exora got a minor update in 2017, in addition to streamlining the variant offerings to just two, it received cosmetic updates such as a new wheel design, new Ruby Red paint, LED DRLs, and blacked out components like the roof, side mirrors, and spoiler. Both variants are powered by the Campro 1.6-litre turbocharged engine (138 hp and 205 Nm) paired to the perennial Punch CVT-type automatic transmission.
The Exora facelift could serve as a stopgap measure until an all-new model is introduced, which could possibly be based on Geely’s global MPV model, the Jiaji.
The third-generation Proton Saga was first introduced in 2016. Despite an entirely new exterior design, the car was built on the extensively modified version previous generation (BLM-generation) platform, albeit with vastly improved safety features and a stronger shell. Four variants are currently offered – powered by Proton’s enduring 1.3-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder (94 hp and 120 Nm), like the Exora, it too features a CVT-type automatic transmission.
Our recently spied shots of the Saga facelift undergoing road testing revealed a number of aesthetic updates including the new familial front grille with the ‘Ethereal Bow’ design.
In addition to the product updates of existing models, at least five new Proton models are earmarked to launch between this year and 2023, averaging one new model every year.