At long last, Proton has released preliminary details of the highly-anticipated Proton X50 to selected members of the media.
Here’s a quick low-down on what you need to know about this new SUV.
What powertrain do we get?
For starters, Proton will offer the X50 with two powertrain options.
The first is a 1.5-litre multi-port injection (MPI) turbocharged three-cylinder (not four-cylinder as reported earlier, sorry) petrol engine that does 150 PS and 226 Nm, while the second is a slightly more sophisticated 1.5-litre direct-injection (TGDI) turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that does 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm.
The turbocharged MPI engine is a new development and is not available in China's Geely Binyue.
Both engines are mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) automatic transmission.
Where is the Proton X50 made?
Unlike the Proton X70 that was initally imported (CBU) from China, the Proton X50 skips that phase and is locally-assembled (CKD) in Proton's Tanjung Malim plant.
What equipment does the Proton X50 get?
How big is the Proton X50?
What are the colours?
Proton is offering six colours on the X50, namely Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey, Ocean Blue, Citric Orange, and Passion Red.
The X50 1.5T Standard can only be had with Snow White, Armour Silver, and Ocean Blue, while the 1.5T Executive adds Jet Grey and Citric Orange to that list.
Only the X50 1.5T Premium and 1.5 TGDI Flagship variants can be had with all colours. The latter also features a dual-tone finish.
When can customers book the Proton X50?
Bookings for the Proton X50 will open on 16-September at all Proton showrooms. Customers just need to pay an RM 500 booking fee.
What is the price of the Proton X50?
Proton will release the prices of the X50 upon the model’s introduction some time next month.