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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.