During a presentation to Malaysian media last week, senior chief engineer at Geely’s new Hangzhou Bay research and development centre Li Li praised Proton’s chassis department, saying that the Chinese conglomerate could work with the national carmaker on the development of future models.

“I think our future cooperation will be a win-win, value-added cooperation,” Li said, adding that while Geely will help Proton acquire the latest technologies, the latter will also be able to provide valuable input to the former when it comes to future development.

Li also confirmed that, unlike past collaborations with Honda (the Perdana is based on the eighth-gen Accord) and Suzuki (the Ertiga is a Suzuki-derived model), Geely will allow Proton to do its own suspension tuning on its cars, so future models should still feature the ride and handling DNA the brand is famous for.

The first fruits of the collaboration could see the light of day by the end of next year, which is when Proton’s first SUV, based on the Geely Boyue, is set to debut.