Proton X50, export-spec X70 1.5L turbo engines to be made in Malaysia

Sanjay · May 27, 2021 04:54 PM

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The Proton X50's and export-market Proton X70's Global Engine Petrol 3 (GEP3) 1.5-litre turbocharged engines will soon be built in Malaysia, according to Sapura Industrial Berhad's (SIB) latest annual report.

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Under the hood of the X50 Flagship

In their report, SIB says that they've been awarded to contract to supply Proton with the torsional vibration dampener, as well as exhaust and intake camshafts used in the aforementioned engines.

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The Persona's 1.6-litre engine, which we'll soon say goodbye to

The company adds that these GEP3 engines will replace the currently-used CamPro CFE engines. However, this is likely only for the brand's future models and not for the current crop that includes the Iriz, Saga, Persona, and Exora.

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

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This expanded local manufacturing exercise is consistent with Proton-Geely's new engine programme here, and at the same time supports the carmarker's export plans.

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The GEP3 1.5-litre turbocharged engine lineup includes the port-injected (150 PS, 226 Nm) and the direct-injected (TGDi, 177 PS, 255 Nm) mills, both of which are found in our X50 range. These engines were co-developed by Geely and Volvo.

Also read: 2020 Proton X50 has 2 turbo engines – one direct injection, one port, what’s the difference?

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Spotted in Thailand earlier this year. An X50 was roaming around there too

While the Malaysian-spec X70 is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged mill, export-market cars (such as those sold in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and maybe even Thailand) get the 1.5-litre TGDi engine.

Also read: Spied: Proton X70 in Thailand, to get newer 1.5T engine than Malaysia's

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That said, there's word that says that the upcoming X70 facelift (MC1) might also follow this arrangement and share an engine with the X50 Flagship.

Also read: 2021 Proton X70 MC1 Facelift: August launch possible with new 1.5T from X50

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