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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