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First look at Proton SUV

Geely Boyue's interior

Geely Boyue's interior

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – February 2, 2018: Those who are interested in what Proton may offer in its upcoming SUV can head to Rahman Brothers Motor in Shah Alam this Sunday, where a preview of the car based on the Geely Boyue will be held from 11am to 1pm.

It is not a secret that Proton’s first SUV will be ready by the fourth quarter of the year and it is part of the national carmaker’s turnaround programme back to profitability.

This should be interesting for prospective SUV buyers since Geely Boyue has been receiving praises from prominent automotive news portal Paultan.org which had its hands on a unit from China.

Automotive journalist of Paultan.org Jonathan Lee was impressed with Boyue’s equipment level and perceived quality and had only minor qualms about the car.

“This (Boyue) is a car that features a well-equipped, beautifully appointed cabin, with a level of perceived quality that would shade many supposedly premium-badged offerings,” said Lee.

“The only nits I could pick were a slightly sluggish throttle response and chassis dynamics perhaps skewed a bit too much towards the comfort side.”

However, with Proton’s great track record in ride and handling department, Lee is confident it can improve on the Boyue.

“Fortunately, most of the Boyue’s flaws can be easily rectified and we have no doubt that Proton’s chassis expertise will continue to shine through on the local models,” wrote Lee in his first impression of the Boyue.

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