The forthcoming Proton SUV has surfaced again, this time in video form on prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s official YouTube channel. The minute-long clip appears to have been taken last week, when the PM sampled a right-hand drive version of the Geely Boyue-based SUV, sporting a Proton-specific grille.

Here, Mahathir is seen manoeuvring the red SUV to a stop, before the footage cuts to the interior, where he voices a command for the operation of the sunroof. Next, a Proton staff member gives the command for the radio tuner to switch on, and the system does as directed. A command for a specific radio frequency is given next, and the music comes on.

After testing the Proton SUV last week, the PM sounded positive. “I was testing the car. It was very good. The quality is very high and I think it is a good car for the market,” he was quoted as saying.

Proton’s upoming SUV will be based on the facelifted Geely Boyue, and its launch is set for October, when it will initially arrive in CBU imported form. Local assembly is slated for next year. The as-yet-unnamed SUV will be powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine with 181 hp and 285 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Aside from voice command, the Proton SUV will also include a host of driver assistance systems such autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

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