Spyshot: Alleged RHD Proton X50 caught on camera

Eric/Oct 01, 2019 09:03 AM

2020 Proton X50 spyshot

It appears that right-hand drive prototypes of the upcoming Geely Binyue-based Proton X50 have started roaming our streets, as our friends over at Funtasticko just posted photos of such a model.

2020 Proton X50 spyshot

The up-close shots give us a clearer look at the upcoming B-segment SUV, now with the steering placed on the correct right side of the car. Furthermore, the front wipers have also been redesigned for right-hand drive conditions. The upcoming Proton X50 is also expected to don Proton’s latest logo.

2020 Proton X50 spyshot rear

Power comes from a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that does 177 hp and 255 Nm, sent to the front wheel via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With this powertrain, the Binyue is able to complete the century sprint in just 7.9 seconds.

2019 Geely Binyue

The new model is expected to be called the Proton X50 when it goes on sale some time next year, challenging the popular Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Toyota C-HR. With an estimated price very close to that of the Perodua Aruz (starting price of RM 72,000), the upcoming Proton X50 could attract buyers who appreciate overall refinement and safety over the practicality of a third-row seat.