Not just Proton X90, 3-cyl 1.5 TGDi engine to power more future Proton models

Sanjay · Jul 5, 2022 01:55 PM

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It's all but confirmed that the 2022 Proton X70 facelift's 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine – which debuted with the Proton X50 – will find its way into not just the 2023 Proton X90, but other new models as well (first Geely-based sedan?)

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The X70's 3-cylinder mill features a damped engine cover, to reduce vibrations and noises

Speaking at the media tour of Proton’s Engine Factory in Tanjung Malim earlier today, Proton Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Roslan Abdullah said that the "1.5 TGDi engine and its variants will play an increasingly important and prominent role in our model line up".

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Roslan Abdullah speaking at this morning's event

Yusri Yusuf, the company's Senior Director of Corporate Strategy echoed this sentiment. "The 1.5 TGDi engine will be an important common content for all the new models derived from the Geely platform", he said.

Also read: Review: New 2022 Proton X70 MC - Now with the X50's 1.5 Turbo, is it better?

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The Haoyue-based SUV

Meanwhile, Roslan reiterated the company's goals of launching three new models within the next two calendar years, though stopped short of mentioning just what they are. It's highly touted that the first among these three will be the "Proton X90", a large SUV based on the Geely Haoyue that's been spotted multiple times around Malaysia.

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The 1.5-litre TGDi engine will be further studied for alternative fuel and electrification

Putting two and two together leads to the logical path that the yet-to-be-named "X90" will also use this engine, considering even the Haoyue (and its Phillippines counterpart, the Okavango) use the same 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, albeit paired with a 48V mild hybrid system.

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Yusri presenting the details Proton's plan

On that front, rest assured Proton's looking into electrification as well, enunciating on the company's synergy with Geely to include pursuing "energy efficient propulsion system", citing hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV).

Also read: Review: 2020 Proton X50 - all the pros and flaws about Malaysia's most-hyped SUV!

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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