International Automaker to make debut SUV in Pakistan

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International Automaker to make debut SUV in Pakistan

The automaker Proton will be making its debut in Pakistan within the next couple of months with the launch of the X70 crossover SUV and the Saga sedan that will compete in the emerging compact crossover SUV segment and the compact sedan segment respectively.

Initial reports by various outlets had claimed that the Saga sedan will be launched in January 2021 following the launch of the X70 SUV in December 2020. However, PakWheels.com recently reported that the compact sedan will be available for booking in Pakistan “during the third or fourth week of December 2020”.

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Reports further suggest that Proton will first bring in 100 CBU units of the Saga sedan from Malaysia at subsidized 50 percent duty as per the government policy, and that they will be available in three variants – the Standard Manual, the Standard Auto, and the Premium Auto. Also, the automaker will initially have four official dealerships – two in Karachi, one in Lahore, and one in Islamabad.

As per reports, the Saga will be offered with 3-year/100,000 and 5-year/150,000 kilometers warranties. The Saga also likely to go into local production ahead of June 2021 but the decision to do so will be based on the public’s response. Credits: paultan.org

The Saga comes with a downsized 1.3-liter, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 94 horsepower and 120 newton-meters of torque, and is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed CVT automatic transmission depending on the variant.

On the inside, the Standard MT/AT trim-levels will have basic features like dual front airbags, rear seat ISOFIX anchors, disc brakes with ABS, EBD, and brake assist technology; while the Premium AT trim-level offers added features like stability control, traction control, hill start assist, front parking sensors, and a reverse camera. Credits: paultan.org