TANJUNG MALIM – September 16, 2020: In what seems like an endless tease, Proton has finally lifted the curtain on its highly anticipated Proton X50 yesterday, and yes, it is officially named Proton X50 just as expected.
For those interested in being an early owner of the Proton X50, the company has announced that starting today, which is Malaysia Day, customers can place a booking with a fee of RM500.
As for the lineup it will consist of four variants namely Standard, Executive and Premium and Flagship.
While the carmaker did give sneak peaks like the one in its Merdeka ad and also a full view of its look in its Facebook account on Saturday, yesterday they took it further and disclosed the variants and specification.
By now, many would be well aware that the X50 is based on the Geely Binyue or sometimes known as SX11. But unlike its bigger brother the Proton X70, the X50 would be a CKD locally-assembled model from the very day it is launched.
Keep your breath bated as the launch could take place anytime now.
Since it is not the official launching of the car, therefore, there won’t be an official price release as of the time of writing.
As for how it looks from the outside, the pictures below speak for itself. The pictures however depicts only how the range-topping variant look.
Size-wise, the X50 is just slight shorter than its main rival, the Honda HR-V by just 4 millimetres, slightly wider by 10 mm and just four millimetres taller and 10 mm shorter in terms of wheelbase.
Mechanically, the X50 soldiers on with a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine. But the full technical details are yet to be released.
But it should come with 177 horsepower (hp) and 255 Newton metre (NM) of torque paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission just like in other markets, enough to propel the SUV from 0 to 100 in just 7.9 seconds.
Theoretically, this means that the Proton X50 is probably one of the most powerful b-segment SUV in the Malaysian market right now, though, how efficient it transfers that power to the road remains to be seen.
Moving on the inside of the car, occupants of the SUV will be greeted with a dominating wide-format touchscreen powered by a GKUI infotainment system (8 inch for standard and executive, 10 inch for premium and flagship), automatic air-conditioning, an electronic parking brake, selectable drive modes, second-row air vents with USB charging ports, and a digital instrument cluster display.
It is worth noting that even the Geely Binyue, which the X50 was based on, does not offer rear air vents. The Proton boys are thoughtful enough to include one in our unforgiving climate.
Attached below is a table showcasing the difference between variants of the Proton X50
Regretfully, six airbags are not yet standard across the board with it only being offered on executive variant and above.
Also noteworthy is the engine’s output. The [High Output] mentioned under the Flagship hints at different engine tune.
At launch, the Proton X50 will be offered in six colours namely Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey, Ocean Blue, Citric Orange and Passion Red.