Priced from RM 123.8k, 2023 Proton X90 launched in Malaysia - Proton's first MHEV 3-row SUV
CY Foong · May 7, 2023 06:14 PM
After a couple of years of spyshots, speculations, and teasing, the camouflage has been unwrapped and the 2023 Proton X90 is finally launched in Malaysia. The Malaysian tiger’s third SUV model, the X90 is also the third rebadged Geely model after the Proton X70 and Proton X50.
Positioned above the X70 as a premium 3-row D-segment SUV, the X90 is offered in four variants which are:
Standard – RM 123,800
Executive – RM 130,800
Premium – RM 144,800
Flagship – RM 152,800
All four variants are powered by a mild-hybrid (MHEV) system that pairs a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine to a 48V belt-driven starter generator. The system produces a combined output of 190 PS and 300 Nm and is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT).
The third Geely rebadged model/Proton SUV is also the first-ever hybrid Proton model. The MHEV system is made out of 6 main hardware which are the belt-starter generator, hybrid management system, lithium-ion battery, battery management system, DC-to-DC converter, and a hybrid control module.
Proton claims that the mild hybrid setup improves fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent more than models that came without the 48V system. The Malaysian Tiger also claims that the X90 has a fuel consumption of 6.8 L/100 km.
The X90 is available with 7 seats on all variants except for the top-of-the-line Flagship variant which is exclusively offered with 6 seats. The middle row consists of a pair of captain seats as opposed to a regular bench seat. This configuration is unavailable on the X90’s Chinese donor, the Geely Haoyue/Okavango.
The X90 also comes with multi-link rear suspension as standard across all 4 variants compared to the rear torsion beam set-up in the Haoyue/Okavango to better suit Malaysian roads. However, the multi-link set-up is offered on the improved Haoyue L in China,
Besides being a 6-seater, another feature exclusive to the X90 Flagship is the panoramic sunroof though all variants get a large 12.3-inch infotainment head unit display as standard. Unfortunately, that large head unit does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.