2023 Proton X90 SUV seen testing on PLUS Highway

2023 Proton X90 SUV seen testing on PLUS Highway

The upcoming Proton X90 has been sighted once again running tests on Malaysian roads, this time along a stretch of the PLUS highway. The national carmaker’s upcoming seven-seater SUV was found running tests by paultan.org reader Azfar Hashim, and the X90 was in a tight convoy with a Mazda CX-8, suggesting that the Japanese SUV was being run for benchmarking purposes.

This would not be the first time that Proton has evaluated its upcoming seven-seater with the CX-8, as the latter had previously also been sighted with the X90 on test runs going up Genting Highlands, at the time also joined by a previous-generation Kia Carnival.

2023 Proton X90 SUV seen testing on PLUS Highway

Based on the Geely Haoyue, otherwise known as the Okavango in markets such as the Philippines, and the large SUV offering from Proton that is to come next year could be offered with a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

The Okavango for the Philippines uses one such engine with a mild-hybrid setup producing 190 PS and 300 Nm driving the front wheels through a dual-clutch transmission, though another possibility is the fully internal combustion version that currently powers the 2022 X70 MC and the X50, and Proton has also said that its Tanjung Malim engine plant is capable of producing the engine in different versions.

As for the Malaysian market, the Proton X90 has been delayed from its original launch timeline this year due to pandemic-driven lockdowns locally last year, as well as due to those in China, so the X90 will be one of three models to be launched by the national carmaker between 2023 and 2024.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Kimchi on Dec 06, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Sell it below 100k and you have my money

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    • in your dream

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      • Roti john on Dec 06, 2022 at 1:46 pm

        I would rather buy the Toyota Innova Zenix instead of this Chinese SUV. The reason why I choose the Innova Zenix instead of the X90 is because the Innova Zenix is using a Game-Changing Japanese hybrid engine which have excellent FC while the X90 engine drink fuel like Merc AMG V8 engine

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        • YUCHI on Dec 16, 2022 at 5:16 pm

          OFF KOS LA IF U DRIVE LIKE PELESIT…. Biar lambat asalkan selamat!!!

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    • Raja Celup on Dec 06, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      Sell it same price with Toyota Fortuner RM180K.

      Ada telor?

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  • Dr No on Dec 06, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Looks outdated

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  • Since last year already testing, surely cannot launch without enough spare parts to back up….hahaha

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  • Lack of features on Dec 06, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    This car is not equipped with those active safety features like autonomous braking system, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, etc. This is kind of disappointing and will wait for the Chery tiggo 8 pro max instead

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    • No eye see on Dec 06, 2022 at 2:10 pm

      You better do more research before making comment, X90 comes with level 2 Autonomous Driving

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  • WanGemuk on Dec 06, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Lagak buat apa, nak camo pulak mungkin kat negara dia cetak rompak biasa la.

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  • I hope got awd option. Its a safety feature when it rains heavily.

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  • Ground europe passenger on Dec 08, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    x70 pun dah rm130k, ni rm140k plus mana ada orang beli..beli exora jer lah halfprice.

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