Proton to launch at least 3 brand-new models over the next 2 years – X90, Jiaji-based MPV and Emgrand-based Persona?
Eric · May 12, 2022 04:59 PM
The cat’s out of the bag – During the launch of the 2022 Proton Saga MC2 earlier today, Proton’s CEO Dr Li Chunrong said, "Over the next 2 years, we will launch at least 3 brand-new models".
That pretty much confirms that Proton will be launching not one, not two, but at least three brand-new models over the next 2 years, starting from 2023.
Geely Haoyue-based Proton X90 – Largest SUV yet
The first one isn’t too hard to guess, as the model has been spotted in Malaysia a few times already. We’re referring to the Geely Haoyue-based 7-seater SUV, which could likely be called the Proton X90.
In China, the Jiaji is sold with either a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder or a 1.8-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The former makes 177 PS and 255 Nm (shared with Proton X50) and can be paired with a 48V mild-hybrid that bumps the total system output to 190 PS and 300 Nm.
Geely Emgrand-based sedan – Proton’s first rebadged sedan?
The current-generation Proton Persona was introduced in 2016 and would be 7 years old by 2023, ancient by automotive standards and due for a replacement.
Earlier this year, sources familiar with the matter confirmed that the recently-introduced Geely Emgrand will be the basis for a brand-new Proton sedan. One plus one equals so it’s not difficult to see that the Emgrand could very well be the basis for the next-gen Persona.
With a wheelbase that's 2,650 mm long, the Geely Emgrand’s wheelbase is longer than the Persona, identical to the now-discontinued, C-segment Preve.
It sits on the BMA platform just like the Proton X50. Whether or not the Persona replacement model gets a turbocharged engine like the X50, or a naturally-aspirated unit like its home market remains to be seen.