Malaysian automaker Proton has released the first official photos of its new flagship X90 SUV, the production of which kicked off earlier this month. Proton X90 which will be available in both 6-seat and 7-seat configurations is actually based on the Geely Haoyue SUV, which is also known as the Geely Okavango in other markets such as the Philippines.
Just like the Proton X70 which is a rebadged Geely Boyue, and Proton X50 which is a rebadged Geely Binyue, the new Proton X90 differentiates itself from the donor Haoyue model with mild aesthetic enhancements. This includes a different grille with chrome pins expanding out from the Proton logo, a unique headlamp design with L-shaped DRLs sweeping up, and the fog lamp surrounds finished in black instead of chrome.
Towards the rear end, apart from Proton badging, there is nothing much different than the Geely Haoyue. Inside, except for Proton’s tiger badge on the steering the rest of the interior remains largely unchanged. The 7-seat version has a 2/3/2 seating configuration while the 6-seat version comes as 2/2/2 with captain seats in the second row.
Positioned as a D-segment SUV, the Proton X90 measures 4,835 mm long and 1,900 mm wide, while sporting a 2,815 mm wheelbase. In terms of dimensions, the X90 is slightly larger than the Hyundai Santa Fe. It will compete against the likes of Kia Carnival, Mazda CX-8, and of course Hyundai Santa Fe in the premium 6/7+ seat segment of the Malaysian market.
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Under the hood, Proton X90 will feature a mild hybrid powertrain. A 1.5L three-cylinder turbo engine is supported by a 48V electric motor synergy (EMS) system that combines 6 important components: a belt-starter generator (BSG), a DC-DC converter, a lithium-ion battery, a battery management system, a recuperation braking system, and the hybrid module control system. The transmission is a 7-speed wet dual-clutch unit that sends power to the front wheels.
Full LED headlights with sequential turn signals, heated and ventilated front seats (with a 6-way driver adjustment and a 4-way front passenger adjustment), Nappa leather, dual-zone air conditioning, and independent rear AC are all included in the X90’s list of available features. The SUV has air vents in every row, as well as a G-Clean system with an N95 cabin filter and ionizer. The flagship edition also includes a full-width 10-inch digital instrument panel and a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Rear Collision Warning (RCW), and Traffic Sign Information (TSI) are among the new driver assistance features which come in addition to auto park assist, a 360-degree camera with 3D imaging, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) as part of the regular ADAS features.
Proton is yet to reveal the pricing of the X90, but it did mention that there will be four variants available, from Standard to Flagship. More details are expected to surface in forthcoming weeks, while the expected prices are predicted to fall between RM130k and RM150k (around PKR 83.43 lac to PKR 96.26 lac).
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