First announced through a press release earlier this month, Proton has now just confirmed that the 2022 Saga facelift will be launched at 9.45 am on 12 May, via a livestream on its Facebook page. The 2022 facelift, dubbed by many as the Saga MC2 (Major Change 2), is rumoured to feature a mild exterior redesign, alongside updates to its interior styling and features.
The announcement on its social media channels came with an accompanying teaser image, showing off a new design for the 2022 Proton Saga’s alloy wheels. The new rollers sport a two-tone design, with the four main spokes featuring a slightly throwing-star-like design and finished in silver.
Based on the tyre profile, we’re guessing that these are a set of 15-inch wheels, reserved for the range-topping models. The new wheels are also accompanied by new side skirts, which will be a part of the range-topping variant’s new bodykit.
A separate image, seen on the 2022 Proton Saga’s registration of interest page, shows off the front fascia of the new facelift update – although “new” is somewhat exaggerating, since there are pretty much zero design changes here aside from the new roundel Proton emblem, and a red accent on the “Ethereal Bow” trim, just like the X50.
The image also suggests that the Proton Saga MC2 will retain the halogen lightbulbs up front, instead of going full LED for its headlights.
Updates to the entry-level sedan’s interior have not been announced yet, but recent spyshots have revealed that the 2022 Proton Saga facelift will feature a slightly reworked dashboard, with red-trimmed air vents, new digital air-conditioning control panel, as well as new graphics on the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display.
The 2022 Proton Saga is also expected to gain new features such as keyless-entry and push-start, as well as auto-folding side mirrors.
As for the mechanicals, no changes are expected here. Power is still derived from the same naturally-aspirated 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine, sending 95 hp and 120 Nm to the front wheels via a four-speed Hyundai-sourced automatic gearbox – a change first introduced on the previous facelift update.