Last week, national research and development centre for information and communication technology MIMOS revealed a teaser sketch of a new SUV called the Proton Bayu. The design, penned by the agency’s head of industrial design, Saharudin Busri, has now been fleshed out with two further renderings.

The Geely Boyue provides the foundation for the Bayu, but elements have been given a suitable tweak to distinguish the new creation. We finally get to see the vehicle’s fascia, and the front end offers a very different take to that proposed by another rendering we ran last month.

The Bayu’s face presents a bolder outlook, with more angular lines at work in the upper section. Large headlamps frame a grille design complete with a double louvre bar reminiscent of that seen on Mercedes-AMG 45 series offerings. The lower half continues the overtones, a small aperture lower grille and large skid plate providing suitable aggression.

As intimated in the outline sketch, plenty of metallic elements present on the Bayu, and the large L-shaped chrome trim that starts from the beltline and sweeps up the C-pillar is even more striking in the new sketches.

Similar contrast points can be found on the front bumper, lower side flanks and rear end, where there’s even a lower garnish strip to be found on the tailgate. It also dresses up the upper window trim, which flows across the rear spoiler to unify both side trims as a single entity.

New two-piece tail lights can be found, and the rear valence design follows on that outlined by the initial sketch, though the rear diffuser now goes for an metallic outline look compared to the fully metallic presentation of the early rendering. Turbine-design five-spoke alloy wheels complete the look of the Bayu.

Theophilus Chin’s render of a Proton SUV based on the Geely Boyue

The designs created by MIMOS are meant to showcase its expertise in automotive design – the agency, which previously only designed products for its own projects, is offering its design consultancy services to other companies.

What do you think of the Proton Bayu? How does it compare to the original and the more formal look of the previous renderings? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

GALLERY: Geely Boyue