FIRST DRIVE: 2023 Proton X90 1.5L mild hybrid tested – is there enough power for a large three-row SUV?

FIRST DRIVE: 2023 Proton X90 1.5L mild hybrid tested – is there enough power for a large three-row SUV?

We’ve had a go at the new Proton X90, and here’s our first impressions on the company’s latest SUV, the third X model after the X70 and X50, the flagship of the range. The latter is what the X90 is billed as, and on the surface, it makes perfect sense – the X90 is larger than the C-segment X70, has three rows of seats and will be priced a fair bit higher too. But as we found out from the media preview drive, it’s not so clear cut. More on this later.

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By now, you would not just have heard about the Proton X90, but have a pretty good picture of what’s on offer, if you checked out Hafriz’s comprehensive walk-around commentary (not video, because no cameras were allowed at the static preview session). Here’s a recap.

The X90 is a D-segment SUV based on the Geely Haoyue, which is also known as the Geely Okavango in other markets such as the Philippines. Proton’s right-hand-drive VX11 – which by the way will be CKD Tanjung Malim from the start – has been given the X90 name to fit the local naming convention, placing it above the X50 and X70 SUVs.

FIRST DRIVE: 2023 Proton X90 1.5L mild hybrid tested – is there enough power for a large three-row SUV?

At 4,835 mm long and 1,900 mm wide, the X90 is 316 mm longer and 69 mm wider than the X70. The seven-seater’s wheelbase is 2,815 mm, which is 145 mm longer than the X70’s. Conceptually, Proton’s largest model will compete with three-row SUVs such as the Mazda CX-8, Hyundai Santa Fe (facelift coming soon) and Kia Sorento. Its size is between the CX-8 (larger) and Santa Fe (smaller), but you get the ballpark.

As in the norm with SUVs of this size, the X90 can be had as a seven-seater (2-3-2) or six-seater (2-2-2), with the latter positioned as a more luxurious option. Indeed, only the top Flagship variant of the X90 gets the six-seat option with two individual “captain seats” in the middle row; the Standard, Executive and Premium have a bench for three.

Unlike the X50 and X70, all X90 variants are powered by the same engine. The 1.5 TGDI unit in question is a familiar one from the X range, but the ICE is supplemented by a belt-starter generator (BSG) system to make it a mild hybrid. Proton is using “48V EMS” as branding (badge is below the wing mirrors), and it stands for electric motor synergy.

The EMS system integrates six key components – the BSG, a DC-DC converter, a shoebox-sized lithium-ion battery in the boot floor, battery management system, recuperation braking system and the hybrid module control system. The gearbox is a seven-speed wet dual-clutch unit driving the front wheels – there’s no AWD variant here.

In the X50 Flagship and X70 MC, the 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine produces 177 PS and 255 Nm of torque. Here, the BSG adds on 13 PS and 45 Nm for total output of 190 PS and 300 Nm.

Compared to the 1.5 TGDI without the EMS (in the X70), Proton claims that the mild hybrid boosted powerplant improves standing start acceleration by up to 10%, improves passing acceleration by up to 15% and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 13%. However, note that the baseline is the smaller X70. In any case, the X90 is a bigger car so any help is welcome.

FIRST DRIVE: 2023 Proton X90 1.5L mild hybrid tested – is there enough power for a large three-row SUV?

Torque assist aside, here are some comfort benefits to having a BSG system too. Auto start-stop turns the engine off when the car is stationary, and ‘comfort start’ delivers a smoother and quieter launch when you get going. ‘Smart glide’ disengages the gearbox during coasting (between 30 and 120 km/h) to reduce engine braking for a smoother experience, and when you’re slowing down, the engine switches off at below 15 km/h (instead of 0) to improve fuel economy and reduce vibrations during stop-start.

Did we feel the mild hybrid do its thing? Not really, but working unobtrusively in the background is definitely a good thing. I suspect that without the knowledge of the EMS and what it does, most owners/test drivers won’t notice the system’s comfort/boost effects, since it’s quite hushed at low speeds anyway and the digital meter panel’s tachometer isn’t in the regular analogue gauge layout. Seamless is good.

The X90 is a quiet and comfortable drive when you’re just puttering along, but based on my memory of the X70, there’s more road noise in the cabin. We also heard more of the engine when accelerating, and the tune of our tester’s TGDI sounded gruff, almost diesel-like without the vibrations. This surprised me a bit, as I was expecting X70 levels of NVH. I think that’s fair, since the X90 is supposed to be the flagship of the range.

FIRST DRIVE: 2023 Proton X90 1.5L mild hybrid tested – is there enough power for a large three-row SUV?

To be sure, I asked my Paultan.org BM and CN colleagues (three of us shared the car with a Proton rep) and they confirmed that it wasn’t just me hearing things. Now, it has to be clarified that the X70’s isolation is rather exceptional and the X90’s cabin noise levels isn’t annoyingly high by any measure. But it’s there to note.

When asked, Proton engineers insisted that NVH for the X90 is equal or better than the X70, so there’s that. Also, it must be noted that the media preview cars were pre-production units. In any case, we’ll be getting the X90 for a more comprehensive test drive once it is launched.

By the way, pop the hood and you’ll be able to see the X90’s engine in full. Before you scratch your head, the X70 – and to a slightly lesser extent, the X50 – have fully-enclosed engine bays where all the mechanical bits are hidden from view. This is a thing in China and some of the Cherys we recently previewed had zero visible engine, too. We’re not putting two and two together here, just saying.

Also unanimous is our opinion that the X90 isn’t a fast car. Again, speed is relative, but we’re mentally comparing it with other SUVs in the market. There’s a slight but noticeable delay between stepping hard on the throttle and the car picking up speed. Overtaking takes a fair bit of effort, and time, as you hear the engine giving all that it’s got. With four adults onboard, effortless it certainly is not.

Much of the second half of the Genting climb was done standing on the gas pedal, and you might rue the loss of momentum. So, the X90 doesn’t have bags of reserves when it comes to grunt and pace, but is this a deal breaker? No, not unless you’re a Genting taxi driver or a great lover of the unique activities at the hill resort. For most of the time, the performance is adequate for a family SUV.

Our test route didn’t have any rough or deformed road surfaces, but we suspect that the X90 will ride well in the urban jungle. The big SUV’s highway ride isn’t too soft and bouncy, while body roll is well-contained even on our twisty route. The steering feels natural in speed and weight. Overall, the X90 is a pleasant steer, which isn’t a given when it comes to cars developed for the Chinese market.

The interior of the X90 is a bit of a mixed bag for me. Our Premium tester had a wide 12.3-inch central touchscreen and a full digital instrument panel. The latter is a step up from the screens in Proton’s other SUVs, which are square units flanked by physical gauges. The graphics for both screens look sharp and the overall feel is very high-tech. Also very clear is the camera feed. Interestingly, the image of the X90 on screen can be personalised to match your car’s colour and even number plate!

There’s no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, so navigation is left to the ATLAS OS’ native maps. Here’s a true story. Colleague Jason was driving back to Proton COE from Genting, and I fell asleep in the passenger seat. When I woke up, I was shocked to see Jalan Kuching traffic and Sogo on my right. Upon realising that it wasn’t a dream, I quizzed Jason and he said he intentionally followed the navigation as an experiment, which is why we he didn’t enter DUKE from MRR2, which would have led us to the NKVE and Subang.

As if that detour wasn’t bad enough, the navigation then led us to Jalan Syed Putra and declined the NPE (near Midvalley) in favour of the jam on Federal Highway. Benefit of the doubt: perhaps it wanted to avoid tolled roads. Even so, I believe that many would prefer Waze or Google Maps. Shame, because the screen is big and beautiful, and the instrument panel has the ability to show a full-width map.

Proton has done very well with its SUV interiors, successfully providing a premium feel beyond the asking price. The X90 has soft leather covering the top of the door cards (even on the rear doors, which is nice) and the passenger-facing area of the dashboard. You’ll know where, because there’s contrast stitching on the black leather.

Speaking of which, Proton has opted to go with all-black for the X90’s cabin theme, even on the Flagship, a departure from the lighter shades on the X70/X50 that I thought was quite nice. IMO, the X50 Flagship’s red and the brown leather in the X70 added positively to the ambience of those cabins, enhancing their premium feel, but all-black is probably a result of customer surveys, and we know that Malaysians are pretty conservative when it comes to colours.

The leather is advertised as Nappa, but for some reason it doesn’t feel as supple as the hide in the X70. Not bad, just normal. Less normal is the hard plastic of the meter binnacle top and the sharp edges of the borders of the centre console, where it meets the centre stack. Curiously, the wing mirror control knob is in black and not metallic, which would look more upmarket and match the drive mode knob better. Once again, these are pre-production units and there might be trim or finishing differences in customer cars.

FIRST DRIVE: 2023 Proton X90 1.5L mild hybrid tested – is there enough power for a large three-row SUV?

Moving on, the centre console has this cool-looking gear lever surrounded by huge lake of black. The console’s usable area is generous, perhaps so generous till it feels pretty sparse, to my eyes at least. What’s less subjective is that the smooth silver trim here feels less premium than the brushed pieces in the other X SUVs. Content wise, the X90 isn’t lacking, that’s for sure.

I had a stint in the Premium’s middle row bench and it’s spacious, although the seat itself is quite flat and seat base is short. By the way, this second row bench is unique to Proton as the Geely base car has three individual seats – the team says that Malaysians prefer the 60:40 split.

Also unique to the X90 are the roof aircon vents, which work much better than pillar vents, or worse, vents at the back of the centre console. Roof vents are nearer to the parts of the body you want cooled, instead of your knees. This is a seemingly small detail, but it took effort to engineer and it makes a big difference in passenger comfort. Good job.

Third row passengers also get the roof vents, along with USB charging ports and indents for smartphones and cupholders. I tried out the rearmost seats for size and found the space to be quite good. Yes, the seat base is very low but that’s par for the course and you can’t be expecting stadium seating. These are not child-only seats and adults fit reasonably well – this is a good unique selling point at the X90’s price point.

However, the second row seat folding mechanism is more complicated than the one-touch-tumble system you’ll find in many MPVs. You have to first pull the ‘quick release’ latch (which feels quite flimsy) and push the seat forward. To get the seat back in place, you need to pull the same latch and push the seat back, but the bench will then go all the way back to its rear-most position. To get middle ground, you’ll have to pull the base of the seat forward again. It’s far from single action and the SOP can be simplified for sure.

The so-called captain seats of the Flagship is paired with a generously-sized panoramic glass roof and I can imagine how pleasant it’ll be on cool evenings and sightseeing after dark. The good thing about the individual chairs is that they are ventilated (yes, four ventilated seats in total), but other than the gap between passengers, the seat itself isn’t very big and the base is quite short too. The wings on the headrest doesn’t quite fold enough and there’s only one attached armrest (inner side). They’re not bad, don’t get us wrong, just not very VIP.

Access to the third row in the six-seater is more straightforward, but is best left for smaller sized people or the nimble-bodied. You need to crouch and walk through the narrow aisle, but as mentioned, once in there, space is good.

So, there you have it, our first impressions of the Proton X90 from all three rows. This big SUV is a bit of a mixed bag for me as the initial impression isn’t “wow, this is actually quite nice”, just like the first time we sat in the X70 and X50. The X90 is less premium-feeling in materials and design, even though its the flagship of the range. In isolation, it’s not bad, but perhaps Proton set itself a pretty high bar with previous SUV efforts.

The X90 is very well-equipped though, and its two screens look good. On the flipside, there’s no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to take full advantage of the generous screen real estate. Its true seven-seat capability is a strong selling point for larger families. Cooling is a strong point thanks to the roof-mounted vents and ventilated seats for the captain chairs in the Flagship. Don’t laugh, because we all know how much weight Malaysians put on AC.

On the move, it doesn’t have bags of torque in reserve, but the 1.5L mild hybrid powertrain is adequate for normal driving and most situations. And it’s only normal to hear an engine that has to work hard. Bear in mind our challenging test route and mental comparisons with the X70, which sets a very high bar for comfort and isolation. We’ll give the X90 the usual comprehensive test drive treatment when the car is launched.

We have to make notes, that’s what we do, but context is important. How you view the X90 will depend on what car you’re upgrading from. If that’s a national brand MPV, the X90’s lack of ample performance reserves won’t be apparent, and I doubt that there will be many, if any, X70 owners moving to the X90. Also, there aren’t many three-row SUVs in the market, and the X90 will undercut them all bar the utilitarian Perodua Aruz, a very basic vehicle.

Which brings us to perhaps the most important point. Everything that everyone evaluates is relative to price, and that’s fair – you get what you pay for, right? The X90 isn’t a perfect SUV, and some D-segment rivals might be better in certain departments, but Proton’s entry is set to undercut all of them by a good margin. We don’t know the X90’s price range yet, but if it’s around RM150k, some shortcomings can be overlooked, and SUV buyers will be considering it, especially those with higher space requirements.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • Nice looking X90…hope will get one

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    • Rear looks meh! on Apr 14, 2023 at 4:49 pm

      The front, side looks good but rear looks meh! Remove the rear chrome bar and put 1 straight back red light better.

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      • made in China on Apr 15, 2023 at 4:06 pm

        What is contributing by proton design center? Can sharr? Grill again kah

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      • Aikon on May 08, 2023 at 5:57 pm

        Sure can! Lots of X70 and X50 have already bought the accessory for that.

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    • President Xi on Apr 14, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      China numba one!

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    • Ajibkor in Kajang on Apr 14, 2023 at 8:45 pm

      I talked to a current X70 top spec owner.
      A full tank give him around 350-380km.
      Once the Unity germen only protect B40,the floated petrol price will stick out like a sore eye daily.
      The X90 will be a fuel thirsty guzzler..P1 of course,will stick to ‘official text book’ fuel consumption figures.

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      • newme on May 02, 2023 at 2:34 pm

        fossil burning cars will eventually end. Why malaysia so slow-poke? what year is it? still producing fossil burning cars? oh wait – because our GDP depend on petrol to survive. now it makes sense.

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        • JoJo warrior on May 02, 2023 at 4:14 pm

          imagine the time comes when petrol not sought after. malaysia will bankrupt? saudi?

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      • fikri on May 06, 2023 at 10:04 pm

        maybe if city drive it might be true… i drove from perlis to melaka non stop on single tank with average 120-140KMH.. only to stop at ayer keroh to rest, still got around 80km left in tank

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  • Proton wants to sell it more expensive than x70. They will notvadmit that X90 is more noisy than x70.

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  • I don’t understand why did they choose to use hard plastic dashboard? Even x50 uses soft touch. And why the low spec led headlamp? Isn’t this supposed to be their flagship model?

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    • if based in PH market, their Geely Okavango is placed lower than ‘lil bro’ Geely Azkarra.. I don’t know their strategy there, but it is what it is.. If not mistaken, they placed Azkarra as more premium by using more expensive parts interior compared to Okavango.. Don’t know in Malaysia we cannot copy them coz our naming strategy using sequential number “X”.. Can’t make lower series (X70) higher than ‘big bro’ (X90) right? Luckily Geely PH are using naming only without series sequential like Proton

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    • Proton Exora replacement model.

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      • Sallahudinkor,Anwarkor,Rafizikor (SAR) on Apr 14, 2023 at 8:35 pm

        Exora is a Jurassic mpv.
        X90 is a current geely derived SUV.
        Dude,kindly compare SUV with SUV.You r confused.

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    • Makit on Apr 14, 2023 at 5:07 pm

      Philipines model comes with Adaptive Matrix LED Headlamps,

      is this X90 comes with low spec Auto High Beam LED headlamps?

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      • Aikon on May 08, 2023 at 5:59 pm

        But you’re getting multi-link rear suspension where they aren’t.

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  • Proton has probably yearly updates in store for the x90 already
    Interior trim
    Apple carplay / android auto
    Qi wireless charger
    Black headliner
    Etc
    They will slowly update it yearly to keep up with competitors

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    • Nah. X50 x70 never get yearly updates. Even the ota update is considered a downgrade

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    • Mr Mar on May 08, 2023 at 1:26 pm

      Apple Carplay/Android auto as an update is just daylight robbery sir. They just trying to shove the Atlas OS crony business for them to get more money than giving customers what other brands already give.

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  • Bob Mal on Apr 14, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    So Proton can finally dig up the 1.5L TGDi award by “China’s Society of Automotive Engineers” which Proton claims to be Nobel Price winner since that certificate is given back in 2020 is for its versatility and reliability of Hybrid Power>

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  • Aiman on Apr 14, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    You know why it does not feel premium? It’s because x90 is supposed to sit below x70, as BRV sits below HRV. Okavango is positioned lower compared to Azkarra in Philippines, however here the product placement is opposite, hence you feel less premium despite it sits at the top of proton’s line up.

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    • Bob Mal on Apr 14, 2023 at 3:19 pm

      Will agree somewhat but we need to take note that the Azkarra in Philippines is the Hybrid version which Malaysia will probably launch the refresh X70 early next year and boom endless possibility of increasing price.

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    • Omega on Apr 14, 2023 at 4:51 pm

      Yeap, even there is no engine hood cover here,
      Cut cost here compared to X70.

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  • Larii on Apr 14, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Proton power,
    Dropped from 1.8T X70, then 1.5T X70, then now 3cyl 1.5 X90..

    Less Makan Minyak

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  • I really don’t understand why Proton did away with the unique 33/33/33 individual seating configuration in 2nd row X90 (original design in Haoyue/Okavango). You can easily find Hybrid car, Cars with panoramic sunroof, cars with 2nd row captain seats in the market, but you really cannot find cars with 33/33/33 individual seating configuration in 2nd row! This is really one of the selling point !! At least offers this unique 33/33/33 seat configuration in one of the Variant, then customers have the option to choose !!! Why why Proton…..

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    • Shady on Apr 14, 2023 at 7:16 pm

      The car is not wide enough to fit 3 individual seats. Full bench seat which fits 2 adults comfortably would be better than 3 child size seats. Only vans like Staria or Vito is wide enough to fit 3 adult sized individual seats.

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    • Peter on Apr 15, 2023 at 2:44 pm

      And I was made to understand that the 2nd row captain seats in the Flagship cannot be folded flat to form a completely level boot area with the 3rd row seats folded down, unlike the Premium 3-seater 2nd row bench ……

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  • Ben Yap on Apr 14, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    0-100 surely cannot beat the civic FC turbo.

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    • Sohai FC owner on Apr 17, 2023 at 8:14 am

      Comparing a MPV to Sedan is purely stupid. Why don’t you say this in Toyota Hiace forum ? Your mentality is really naïve, u need to get out from ur civic FC mindset

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    • Mata Mata on Apr 17, 2023 at 12:35 pm

      At least they were able to go up to Genting without crashing the car like the Civic driver did:
      https://paultan.org/2023/04/17/honda-civic-crashes-on-genting-highlands-road-be-courteous-to-others-take-the-hard-driving-to-the-track/

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    • EV owner on May 02, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      every time I hear someone boasting about TURBO I laugh inside. Their noisy, outdated turbo can never beat my silent DC motor.

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  • China sell 60-80k rm and here asking double? Hmmmm

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  • Kevin Tai Ni Poh on Apr 14, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    I hear pupil say knocking the fender with knuckle can hear dong dong cheng wan, must try myself ong ong chang keep the money sound coming woohoo I am excited can win can win fatt fatt everybody. Kevin win you can win also.

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  • Michael on Apr 14, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    What is the price tag?

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  • john dough on Apr 15, 2023 at 5:56 am

    Sometimes proton really feels like they are mentally deficient in certain areas.

    NVH so bad, 3 cylinder in an almost full size suv lol, no CarPlay android auto in 2023.

    Should put the 1.8 liter at least. but the reason is because proton can’t create anything, they are professional copycats, lock stock and barrel

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    • More_PS on Apr 15, 2023 at 10:48 am

      1.8l 4cyl. engine:177PS
      1.5l 3cyl. engine: 190PS

      They should use the 1.8l engine for what? Lol?

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      • penangite on Apr 18, 2023 at 8:04 am

        Maybe 190PS is too much for him, he wants a less powerful car?

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      • I think Geely is going to phase out the 1.8L engine because of emissions regulations. Current 1.5L in China market is a 4 cyl engine.

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    • Emm its a family SUV with decent output.. I think you can ask Toyota Corolla / Yaris which already categorized as performance cars why they opted to use 3 cylinders engine.. This HP, cc, talk is only for a newbie mat moto.. Even tiguan only uses 1.4L engine lol

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  • Syaiful Nizam Hassan on Apr 15, 2023 at 6:06 am

    Rear end

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  • Family fan on Apr 15, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Looks like some corners been cut to keep costs down like no engine covers, no tonal covers, poor NVH from exhaust. Hopefully fixed in production model or just wait another year for ‘uplift’ version and see what improvements come.

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  • Proton Rally dude on Apr 15, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    I felt like the back is very ugly leh

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  • @Shady, the original Geely Haoyue and Okavango (in Philippines) which this X90 is based on has 33/33/33 individual identical seats at the 2nd row, so far no complaints it’s undersized. X90 is touted as 7 seater (and all other 7 seaters cars in the market as well) but actually it is only 6+1 as we all know how uncomfortable it is (even for kid) to seat at the middle seat of the 2nd row, with it’s flat seat bottom and hard back (to accommodate hidden fold down arm rest). So the individual 33/33/33 identical seats at the 2nd row would ensure real comfort for passengers at 2nd row. This 33/33/33 identical individual seats is really unique and I call it product differentiation, if offered this will stand out from other cars and would satisfy the need of car buyers who wants to carry 3 passengers at 2nd row comfortably, I believe this needs from the market is overlooked, as all 7 car manufacturers would just provide the 40/60 long bench or captain seats at the 2nd row, so boring…so I was actually looking forward to X90 having this unique 33/33/33 identical individual seats at the 2nd row, only to be disappointed.

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  • CunNia on Apr 18, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Proton is just selling a rebadged Chinese car. Same like P2, rebadged Daihatsu.. Not sure why they are called National car makers and enjoy substantial preferential price. Effectively what is so “national” about them.

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  • design look outdated and dull compare to other China brands

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  • Irene Iris on Apr 20, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    it would be interesting to read about the writer’s experience with the 2023 Proton X90 1.5L mild hybrid and how its power and performance compare to other large three-row SUVs on the market. It’s always exciting to see new vehicles entering the market, especially those with innovative technology like mild hybrid systems. Ultimately, whether the X90 has enough power will depend on the individual’s driving preferences and needs.

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  • Laugh on Apr 20, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Just had the time to really look into the specs of this car and the review video.

    I have only 1 conclusion.
    This is not a car for the RAKYAT definitely a car suitable only for the T20s.

    Read in between the lines and it seems to be a fuel guzzler and high cost of maintenance.
    Just look at the tyre size and current price, power is not great as it seems on paper, Multilink rear suspensions and nvh not great like X70.

    All these are indicators of a low resale value vehicle.

    Can consider to wait for a used unit especially when the M40s who bought one, realises he cannot afford to have the tyres changed or rear tyres makan dalam with suspension links costing a bomb and hassle to check properly and replace.

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  • Indonputra on Apr 26, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Tofu besar ni boleh sumbat ramai

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  • newme on May 03, 2023 at 9:57 am

    frankly, I had waited for X90 since it was announced. But now that we have official photos, I’m not interested anymore. The AC dashboard design is so DISGUSTING. The front-grille is also very UGLY, it look like someone punched the car hard in the mouth and it sunk inwards.

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  • AMBROSE ADETUNJI BELLO on May 07, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Do you have a show room in Nigeria

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  • Aikon on May 08, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    Yup, it is definitely not a car for the rakyat. Since the new direction, they’re focused on profitability (they need to pay shareholders right?) and market sustainability. Have a look, are any of the X models made for the B40? The only people who makes cars for that segment is the obvious other Malaysian brand, hence their greater sales numbers. And, Proton never said the X90 was for the masses. For those who still want a big 7-seater at a certain price point, they can get the Exora. So, it is no longer the company that the old PM envisioned it to be. It is a company like any other today. Yes, those tyres cost in access of RM450 each these days. So, the owner will need to be able to at least change 2 when the time comes. Luckily, you don’t change tyres or suspension components everyday.

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  • Lalailitamplom on May 10, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Bila proton nk design mcm geely buat ni, tkkn nk bergantung ngn org jer

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