SPIED: Geely Binyue, Proton X50 seen testing on LPT

SPIED: Geely Binyue, Proton X50 seen testing on LPT

Well well, it looks like the Geely Binyue has been spotted undergoing road tests once again, this time on the East Coast Expressway (LPT) courtesy of reader Hannis Farhan. Geely’s B-segment SUV has garnered much local attention, with most lauding its styling, equipment levels and turbocharged engine offerings.

Widely dubbed as the Proton X50, the car will unquestionably be the automaker’s second SUV model, and it’s likely to be the more popular one if priced correctly. Anyway, based on the photos here, the prototype unit is most probably powered by the 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit, going by the quad exhaust tips and diffuser design.

The sporty-looking SUV will lose out on the larger rear spoiler seen in our walk-around video of the Geely Binyue, though in its place is a sleeker, less ostentatious version that’s similar to that seen on the Binyue plug-in hybrid. Dual-tone alloys seem to be what’s fitted here, though whether this is a right-hand drive or left-hand drive unit cannot be ascertained as yet.


A rendering of what the Proton X50 could potentially look like

Nevertheless, here’s a quick recap of the Binyue. It’s built on Geely’s B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), measuring 4,330 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,609 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. Two engines are available in China, the first being the entry-level 1.0 litre three-potter making 134 hp and 205 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The one that we’ll most likely be getting is the aforementioned 1.5 litre unit that was co-developed with Volvo, which outputs a healthy 174 hp and 255 Nm. Here, it’s married to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There’s also the Binyue PHEV, which uses the same 1.5 litre block but comes with an electric motor and battery pack. It’s the most potent version of the bunch, making 255 hp and 415 Nm, and with a pure electric range of 60 km.

For equipment, the Binyue boasts Level 2 automation, which bundles driving features such as adaptive cruise control, parking assist, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB). Other in-car systems include a the famed GKUI system comprising a seven-inch LCD instrument panel and a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, among others. Expect the “Hi Proton” voice command functions to be featured as well.

If you’re interested to know all about Proton’s upcoming star, click here to find out everything on the X50 that we know thus far. Also, watch the walk-around video below to see exactly how it looks like on camera, as well as an early impression on cabin build quality and spaciousness.

GALLERY: Geely Binyue

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Comments

  • Geely Volvo Proton > All

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    • Mario strikes again on Sep 04, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      I do acknowledge that this SUV design is stunning but the game changing HR-V is still a better buy. The Honda HR-V is a global car that has sold millions worldwide while Geely Binyue is still an unproven car. So it is better to go for the HR-V

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      • KELUAR on Sep 04, 2019 at 6:43 pm

        But both of these game changer such as Proton X50 and HRV are still better buy. X50 and HRV are one of the excellent quality while Tucson, Kona and CH-R are one of the game over cars including these game over service brands like Hyundai and Toyota which gives bad quality

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        • X50 game over very soon. Even cheaper, still prefer well known for quality and resale value hrv. Unknown x50 will game over like cherry and other cine cars.

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          • Game over cherry because lack of after sales support. Compare it to Proton, whilst they are also in process of upgrading, that will be different story.

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          • redpilled on Sep 05, 2019 at 9:50 am

            i guess you came out of your mother running… unkown this, unproven that… i bet you graduated uni with 20 yrs experience… ALL ESTABLISHED BRANDS WERE UNKNOWNS IN THE BEGINNING!

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          • June 2019 Google top search vehicle in Malaysia is Proton X50. Only SH like you said game over.

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      • Francis on Sep 04, 2019 at 7:07 pm

        For spec, design and price wise HRV is nothing compare to this. X50 can generate 177hp compare to hrv only 140hp where can compare, and the interior design of the hrv like perodua only mostly plastic for cheap people like you while the x50 interior looks and feel more lile a german car.

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        • X50 game changer on Nov 25, 2019 at 5:46 pm

          Typical malaysian mentality. Not driving a german made but wanna look and feel like one. Lol

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      • Ur LJ also unproven in the worldwide.

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    • Celup King on Sep 04, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Come here in this year and Aruz is game over within one year.

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    • Xc40 or x50 on Sep 04, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Proton suv has killed all china made Volvo suv. Both are same, shall go for proton.

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      • Nonsense analysis, Volvo cater for premium niche market whereas Proton cater for working class and budget market.

        Most of the safety features found in Volvo are not available in Proton X70 and coming X50 . Totally Two different world of ownership and experience

        Volvo are made from Sweden, in Ghent(Belgium), South Carolina ( USA) , Malaysia , China depending which countries you reside.

        Proton made from China will be made from Tanjong Malim . Malaysia in the future, Make sure Proton made from Tanjong Malim Plant will have the nuts and bolts properly fasten and tighten( without missing any numbers) to avoid rattling sound especially from coming the dashboard and roof area in getting better deal

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  • Celup King on Sep 04, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Did Hannis Farhan indicate if the unit was seen LHD driven or RHD driven?

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Sep 04, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    This X50 will either make Proton hero or zero.

    Although the X70 has changed perception of Proton, it will be this X50 that will determine Proton future. Either it will sell like hot cakes or become showroom queen. All depends on how Management decides the price point.

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    • Akira on Sep 04, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      So you talk like no talk loh.

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    • rally_fan (Member) on Sep 04, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      dont fully agree, because if Proton is just going to pit its survival on 1 suv, the X50 to survive, that will be a stupid strategy.. in reality, the future is already being changed right now by the high sales enjoyed by the 2019 persona/iriz and also the recently released 2019 saga. The trickle down effect from the X70 is already doing its job, plus the upgrading of many dealers to 4S and other things that is starting to bring back loyalty to Proton.

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    • Ex VGM staff on Sep 04, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      65-80k good.

      75-90k.. slim chance

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  • Ksatria on Sep 04, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Something are worth waiting for..Hope to get the best spec at a reasonable price..looking forward to FY11 (if they decided to bring it in too in the near future)

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  • Abang Inspira Putih on Sep 04, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I’m selling my white Inspira for this

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Sep 04, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Btw Proton, pls plz don’t do that non stop teasing campaign like X70.

    Tease for too long, official launch Dec 2018, online naming contest April, booking open July/August, official details revealed September, by invitation preview in September.

    That’s EIGHT months from online naming contest to official launch.

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    • suomynona on Sep 04, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      If not interested, just ignore bro

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    • Celup King on Sep 04, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      The 10k bookings on first day showed that anticipation buildup tactic works.

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    • Last year due to changing automobile policy caused X70 launch far from schedule, is not Proton fault. Testing car on the various road condition is must, spyshot photo is taken by public not Proton staff. Unlike Perodua never test the car and straight away launch to public.

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  • vVivi Zurianti on Sep 04, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    if pricing is right and right content, this is gonna be a serious contender for Honda. Honda would feel the heat…

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  • Dual clutch transmission is great but if the popular post recently on Lowyat Kopitiam is any indication, a lot of noobs are going to burn the clutch by creeping in Malaysian traffic…

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  • Japan San on Sep 05, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Not CKD , all to China GDP ..lol

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    • Someone failed math. Cannot even understand what meaning of 49%…

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  • Aruz is shaking

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    • Next year game over and RV drop like hell.

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Sep 06, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Aruz takut apa? Aruz 7 seater, for family.

      X50 is like HRV, suitable for young persons or small family.

      Totally different target segment. Everything has Pros and Cons. Nothing is 100%

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