2022 Proton Saga MC2 interior spied – new OS and AC control panel; red accents on the speedometer, air vents, steering

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Here are more spy shots of the 2022 Proton Saga MC2, which is expected to launch soon. We’ve seen the updated Saga’s exterior – here we see more of it, up close, as well as the car’s interior, which sports a few changes.

We’ll start with the red highlights, which appear as rings around the dials of the meter panel. Colored speedometer rings aren’t a new idea for the Saga – the 2020 Anniversary Edition had yellow rings as well as highlights on the air vents and center console.

The MC2 goes further with red, however. Here, “sporty color” surrounds the center air vents, as opposed to just highlights on the adjusters. The tiny chrome strip that separates the steering buttons is also in red here. We can’t see the side AC vents, but they should also be red to match the center vents. The red treatment probably won’t go as far as the Iriz Active or Myvi AV facelift, but they are welcome.

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Also new is the AC control panel, which has buttons on each end and two buttons in the middle. The buttons resemble those of the Iriz Active, but there are no piano-style keys and display here. It looks much better than the basic three-dial layout of the current car.

There also appears to be a new OS for the infotainment system, judging by the home screen, which has more icons and colors. There’s also a Perodua-style “Please check your belongings” warning when you turn off the engine, reminding you to bring your baby, bag and laptop. Finally, the Saga gets Proton’s new round logo on the steering.

As for the exterior, the changes are very minor. The grille gets Proton’s new logo, and there’s an ethereal red arch cradling the grille, X50-style. We can also see a shuriken-style two-tone pattern for the new alloy wheels and black side mirrors on this top-spec example. Everything else looks unchanged, including the bumper and the lights at both ends, but look closely and you’ll see a body kit.

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A leaked document that made the rounds earlier this month tells us everything we need to know about the Saga MC2. There will be a new range-topping 1.3L Premium S AT variant, and it will feature the new 15-inch wheels and body kit you see here, auto-folding side mirrors and an updated trunk lid with an unlock switch.

Other perks listed in the document are an updated instrument cluster, leatherette covers for the steering wheel and seats, keyless entry with a start button, and black headliner. Beyond that, the 1.3 Standard AT variant is configured to receive electronic stability control (ESC). The 1.3 Standard MT will not have ESC, but it will continue to exist as Proton’s only manual transmission car.

What do you think of the 2022 Proton Saga MC2 interior changes and updates?

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