Proton to launch three new models in next two years – X90 large SUV,

At the launch of the Proton Saga MC2 Facelift, CEO Lee Chunrang said the company would launch three new models in Malaysia in the next two years. However, this will only happen from 2023 (continued until 2024) as it was previously reported that the national carmaker has rescheduled its new model launches next year. This is because it is currently focusing on clearing backlog orders and resolving supply chain issues.

Nowadays it is an open secret that one of Proton’s planned models is a seven-seater SUV called the X90. The SUV, which is based on the Geely Haoyue or Okavango, has already been spotted after quite a bit of disguise on several occasions.

Not much is known about the specifications of the X90, but Haoyue is offered with the same 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine found in the X70. The Mill serves 181 PS and 300 Nm of torque, the drive goes to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In the Philippines, Okavango has a 1.5 liter turbocharged three-cylinder with a DCT pairing with a 48-mild hybrid system for 190 PS and 300 Nm. This setup is similar to the one used by Azkar (also known as Boy Pro) which is sold in the country.

Another model that will come our way is not exactly a proton, but it will be sold through Proton Eder. We’re referring to the Smart # 1, the gilly-advanced, Mercedes-Benz-style fully electric crossover that debuted worldwide last month.

As previously reported, Proton Eder has been appointed the official importer, distributor and dealer of smart brands in Malaysia and Thailand, and will lead the brand’s new presence in the # 1 ASEAN automotive market.

Built on Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) platform, the # 1 features a 66-kWh lithium-ion battery that follows the WLTP standard and is good for a range of up to 440 kilometers. It powers an electric motor to drive rear wheels rated at 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm. # 1 has already been launched in China, with pre-sale prices starting at 190,000 yuan (RM123,648).

In the meantime, the third model remains a mystery, so we have to make some guesses. Judging by the current line-up, the Exora will have a long wait for a complete model change, and the Gili Jiaji could be an effective replacement (rumored to be called the V70). Jiaji was launched in China in 2019 and will soon receive a facelift based on the Spitshots released in April.

Turn the clock back even further in 2018 and you will notice that Proton has announced that it has secured the right to use Intelligent Properties (IP) and to create and sell three Geely models. These three models are Binyue (X50), Boyue (X70) and Jiaji (formerly called VF11).

You’ll also notice that Proton’s current line-up lacks a sedan larger than the Persona – the Perdana is long gone – and Emgrand could be added to provide customers with a C-segment sedan option. The popular name for this type of model is S50, and the reference will be the fourth generation Emgrand which was launched in China last August and has since moved to the Philippines.

We mentioned Perdana’s departure, and Rumor Mill replaces it as a model based on the proposed S70. Of course, the D-segment market is not the most popular due to the rise of SUVs, it is unlikely to happen.

So there you have it. From 2023 to 2024, we can expect X90 and # 1 to be launched in Malaysia, but what could be the third model? Share your guess thoughts in the comments below.

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