Proton has commenced production of its upcoming three-row 7-seat flagship SUV, popularly referred to as the X90. Based on the Geely Haoyue, also known as the Geely Okavango in other markets such as the Philippines, the Proton X90 will be formally launched later this year to coincide with the carmaker’s 40th-anniversary celebrations.
The line-off ceremony took place at Proton’s Tanjung Malim factory. During the event, the X90 was displayed to the attendees, but photography was prohibited. So the frontal photo (pictured below) is the only available image of the vehicle.
Even so, it’s not difficult to discern that the X90 has a distinctive grille with chrome pins that extend from the Proton emblem, differentiating itself from the donor model, the Geely Haoyue. Also, the Proton X90 has different headlamps with L-shaped DRLs that sweep up, and the surround of the fog lamp is painted black rather than chrome.
During the ceremony, Proton chairman Syed Faisal Albar, without revealing technical details of the vehicle did mention that the X90 will have a hybrid powertrain, making it the first Proton ever to come equipped with a (mild) hybrid system.
However, as per previously shared reports by Malaysian motoring media, the X90 will very likely feature the Okavango’s mild-hybrid powertrain, which is rated at 189 hp and 300 Nm. The setup consists of a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that features a belt-driven starter generator (BSG), with a 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
Although Proton remained mum regarding the release date of their new three-row flagship SUV, all signs point to it arriving by the second half of 2023.
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