With Proton soon debuting its first model developed in partnership with Geely – an SUV based on the Boyue – our attention to other fruits that will undoubtedly come from the pair’s labour. Looking at the current lineup, a replacement for the Saga might be next up – sure, the budget sedan was only launched in 2016, but it’s based on a platform that has been around in one form or another since 2005.
Our resident Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin has rendered his idea of what a next-generation Saga will look like, and as you can see, his vision of the car has turned from a small, cheap sedan into a more sophisticated B-segment offering, more in line with what the Persona is like now. It certainly looks larger and appears to have a design that prioritises interior space, similar to the current Honda City and Toyota Vios.
Although it isn’t actually based on a current Geely model, it does borrow styling cues from the larger Emgrand GL, such as the sweptback headlights, pronounced front fender bulge, slim wraparound tail lights and dual exhaust exits. We know that future Proton models will be influenced by Geely’s designs, although they will retain a little bit of Malaysian flavour, and the car’s “winged grille” is a reminder of Proton’s past.
What about the bits underneath? Well, Geely has already dropped hints that Proton will utilise the Chinese carmaker’s B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), saying that it will be used by Geely’s foreign brands and that it will be built in Southeast Asia. It is designed to accommodate all the latest active safety technologies, future Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous driving and Geely’s latest petrol engines.
These include a 1.0 and 1.5 litre turbocharged and direct-injected three-cylinder engines as well as a 1.4 litre turbo four-pot, plus mild hybrid, parallel hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies. So, what do you think of Theo’s latest work?