Proton continues its enlargement into international markets with the launch of the Saga in Nepal. The mountainous nation is the fifth to obtain the sedan, after Brunei, Pakistan, Kenya and Egypt.

Out there in two variants, the Saga retails at 3,550,000 rupees (RM122,700) for the 1.Three Commonplace MT and three,950,000 rupees (RM136,600) for the 1.Three Premium AT. The excessive costs are as a result of tax construction in Nepal, which imposes duties on imported autos effectively north of 200%.

The Saga is essentially related in appears, specs and efficiency in comparison with the Malaysian model, with two key variations. As with Egypt and Pakistan, the automobile is bought in Nepal with an upgraded air-conditioning system with airflow course controls (our third dial solely controls recirculation) and a heater.

It additionally comes with a barely smaller 1,299 cc model (ours is 1,332 cc) of the 1.Three litre VVT four-cylinder engine. It’s slightly down on outputs vis-à-vis what we get – 91 PS (-Four PS) at 5,750 rpm and 117 Nm (-Three Nm) at 4,000 rpm – however is mated to the identical five-speed handbook and four-speed automated gearboxes.

In any other case, it’s the identical automobile, the Commonplace handbook model coming with halogen headlights, a rear spoiler, 14-inch metal wheels with hubcaps, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, driver’s seat peak adjustment, material upholstery, a touch-panel radio/Bluetooth head unit, two audio system, rear parking sensors, twin airbags and ABS with EBD and brake help.

The Premium automated provides LED daytime operating lights, 15-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, a boot lamp, a seven-inch Android-based infotainment touchscreen, 4 audio system, two further USB charging ports, a reverse digital camera and stability management.

GALLERY: Proton Saga 1.Three Premium AT (Malaysian spec)