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Proton X50: all aboard the hype train

Binyue (back)

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – August 15, 2018: With the recent success of the Proton X70, it is no surprise that Malaysian’s attention has now shifted to what more the national carmaker can bring on the road.

The rumoured Proton X50, which was said to be based on the Geely Binyue has garnered positive responses in the internet, especially since the Binyue has interior design that can rival even the more premium vehicles.

Combine that with a capable engine, modern exterior design and lots of features, this car is set to be Proton’s next success, provided the company don’t get overconfident with the pricing.

Listed below are some of the information about the Proton X50

  • It is no secret that the X50 is slated to arrive in Malaysia sooner or later since the national carmaker has already secured the use of intellectual properties (IP) and the rights to manufacture and sell three Geely models . Further cementing this claim is that, there are shots of Proton testing the Binyue on Malaysian soil (though the said vehicle was camouflaged).
  • It is going to be cheaper than its bigger brother, the X70. It is smaller, with smaller engine and a whole segment lower than the X70, akin to comparing the Honda HR-V to the Honda CR-V. It doesn’t take experts to tell you that the price will likely be lower than the already value-driven X70 pricing which starts at RM 99,800 for the base model. Mind you, even the closest competitor to the upcoming X50 (The HR-V) starts at RM 108,800.
  • The Binyue (X50 likely donor vehicle) comes equipped with exciting features. According to a prominent automotive website Paultan.org, when the Binyue was launched for the Chinese market back in November last year, the car comes equipped with driver aids such as Intelligent Cruise Control and Automated Parking Assist. Also, the car comes with Geely Auto’s latest-generation GKUI Geely Smart Ecosystem which many of us are already familiar with, “Hello Proton” anyone?
  • There is even a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version of the Geely Binyue in China. Whether Proton will offer it in Malaysian market is anybody’s guess, but to bring you up to speed, this PHEV Binyue combines power output from its 1.5 litre turbocharged engine with an electric motor, battery pack and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. On paper, this means a total of 255 horsepower and 415 Nm of torque, good for 0-100 km/h in JUST 6.9 seconds. This could be Proton’s first ever hybrid if it introduced here.

For now, enjoy the gallery of pictures taken over the net on the Geely Binyue, and some spyshots take by the Ajerul Facebook page

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