The Proton X90 has been spotted in Malaysia again, now from 2022 with larger 19-inch wheels

Although Proton is reported to have delayed launching new products the following year, work continues on its next model – a seven-seater SUV called the X90. The car, based on the Geely Haoyue (or Okavango known in the international market), has been rediscovered by reader Bulla Manser.

Initially not too much of a new eye-catcher – it’s still a left-hand-drive unit, recognizing the shape of the donor car and you can even see the gilli badge and condensed expanded cosmos grille in the car. However, alloy wheels look a little bigger than the 18-inch rollers we’ve seen before.

Upon closer inspection, five spokes have also been slotted, which they did not have before. A quick look at Gilly’s website reveals that Howeu was recently updated (early November, in fact, China Reported) with wheels one inch larger than before – 18 inches in base variant, 19 inches in high-end models. The wheels you see here match the design of the new 19’s.

The modified Haoyue also got a new grille with vertical bars that are not shown here, although this is to be expected, as Proton’s own infinite wave unit should be available anyway. More relevant are the slimmer rear chrome bar that connects to the taillights, a new rear bumper design with repellent “gilli” badges at the tailgate and fake twin tailpipes. Proton has previously mounted the trade plate on top of the tailgate, suggesting a new design that removes the number plate recess from the bumper, but it could be a red herring.

For the interior, the 2022 Haoyue received a modified T-shaped gear selector and a new black and brown color scheme, with increased use of soft-touch material. Below the bonnet is the same 184 PS / 300 Nm 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the X70, which is either combined with the car’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or, oddly, a six-speed automatic in the variants below.

It is possible that the X90 will get a different engine – Proton recently demonstrated a 1.5-liter TGDi three-cylinder mill with a 48-volt belt-integrated starter generator (BSG), the same one used in Okavango, Philippines. It produces 190 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DCT. As a stepping stone toward fully electric vehicles, the company plans to launch the Mild Hybrid immediately as part of its electrification strategy.

It may still be a while before we see the finished Proton X90 – the company is currently prioritizing filling the order backlog and resolving supply chain issues. Although the car may be back in 2023, the expected launch of the updated 2022 Saga will excite us even earlier.

Gallery: 2022 Geely Haoyue

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