2023 Proton X90 Malaysian review – we take a full, detailed look at the brand’s mild-hybrid flagship SUV

2023 Proton X90 Malaysian review – we take a full, detailed look at the brand’s mild-hybrid flagship SUV

The Proton X90, which made its debut in May, is the largest model in the national automaker’s X series SUV line-up, sitting on top of the X70 and X50. With a choice of six- and seven-seat interior layouts, it’s the prime people mover of the range.

The X90, which is based on the Geely Haoyue, is available in four variant forms, these being the Standard, Executive, Premium and Flagship, priced from RM123,800 to RM152,800, on-the-road without insurance.

The first three are seven-seat versions, featuring a 2-3-2 seven-seat configuration with a bench middle-row, while the Flagship is the sole six-seat variant, the seating layout having a pair of second-row captain seats similar to the Exora Prime.

All four variants are powered by a 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbocharged GDI engine that is similar to that on the X50 Flagship as well as newer X70 models, but the inclusion of a 48V mild-hybrid BSG system bumps output to 190 PS and 300 Nm, which is 13 PS and 45 Nm more than the 177 PS and 255 Nm on the 1.5 TGDI without the BSG.

Standard equipment across the model range includes a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, dual-zone air-conditioning as well as roof-mounted second/third row rear AC, remote engine start and proximity door unlock with walk-away auto lock.

Also fitted as standard are six airbags, ESC, traction control, a reverse camera and front/rear parking sensors as well as rear collision warning (RCW), lane change assist (LCA) and rear cross-traffic alert (RTCA) in terms of safety and driver assistance kit.

Move up to the Executive and you’ll find items such as a powered tailgate, leatherette upholstery and a 10-inch full LCD digital instrument panel, among other things, while going the Premium route introduces Nappa leather for the steering wheel and upholstery, wireless charging and additional driving assistance features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), fowward collision warning and aaptive cruise control with stop & go. Aside from its seating configuration, the Flagship adds on a panoramic sunroof.

We’ve previously explored the X90 through a walk-around video, but here then are the findings of what it’s like out on-the-road, presented through Hafriz Shah’s full in-depth review of the SUV, covering everything that’s good and the not-so good about the brand’s flagship SUV. It’s a long watch, the video, but it covers all the bases and everything you want to know about the car, and then some.

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  • Kelab Pemilik X90 on Sep 25, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    Hidden due to lowcomment rating. Click here to see.

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    • Useless on Sep 26, 2023 at 8:10 am

      Fire extinguisher is useless against ev batteries. Once go off bye²

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    • and a “Flammable” warning sticker.

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    • No Common Sense on Sep 26, 2023 at 9:18 am

      For RM150K better buy new Toyota Innova Zenix.

      Be smart don’t waste your money for nothing.

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    • Laugh on Sep 26, 2023 at 9:22 am

      There’s no extinguishment if it’s hybrid battery fires. Even Bomba leaves them to burn.

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    • Bankers Club on Sep 26, 2023 at 11:03 am

      Fake owner and servicing akpk dude spotted

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    • Biochemistry workers on Sep 26, 2023 at 3:13 pm

      Meanwhile usa fire fighters use Fire Blanket covers the whole burning tesla model+X to choke off no more oxygen supply to burning batteries.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 9
  • ordinary joe on Sep 26, 2023 at 3:01 am

    the x90 was based on a low-end model by Geely.
    It is supposed to sit below the X70.
    but Proton priced this x90 above the x70.
    That explains the low quality and refinement throughout the car.

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  • tricycle on Sep 26, 2023 at 7:18 am

    Dear Paultan group, could you let the Proton/Geely top management know, if by any chance you’re able to talk to them, tell them; one of the Proton owners in Malaysia need the X90 to be using the proven tried and tested 4 cylinder turbo 1.8 engine with AWD Full Specs features except the sunroof or moonroof not needed. Its really hot in Malaysia.

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    • Bob Mal on Sep 26, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      It will be highly unlikely we will be getting the 1.8L TGDi 4 Cyl anymore when comes to the refresh X70 Hybrid by dishing out the bigger capacity engine as seen in all Geely cars sold outside China.

      We will count ourselves lucky if we can get the Li-Shen 1.5L TGDi 4Cyl which is only sold in Geely Saudi outside of China but this is also unlikely since Proton need to recoup the manufacturing/assembly cost of their 1.5TGDi 3cyl engine.

      At best we will have to wait until Proton + Renault new small’ engine which may come in 2026 for Proton’s new model if we are not getting the 2.0L TGDi Volvo engine.

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  • @NotBruceWayne on Sep 26, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Proton’s bread & butter ;the B segment, ramp it up, if you can’t design your own, just rebadge the Zeekr & lynk Co.. bring in the relevant models people demanding for, good looking, greater spec, affordable ; Proton hv the upper hand as Msian carmaker, use em while you can.

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  • JempulMan on Sep 26, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Ada free pemadam api tak

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  • Laugh on Sep 26, 2023 at 9:27 am

    The sales of X90 must be super bad, need paid info ads.

    Was talking to a P1 sales person earlier and he said the X90 didn’t catch fire nor was there any risk of hybrid battery catches fire.
    There was only smoldering of the sound dampening materials.
    Reason because the X90 is fully sound dampened and P1 ensure all parts are dampened.
    Thus some of these dampening materials covering the connecting wires heats up and smolders.
    But there is no risk of any fire, can continue drive to any P1 service center to settle the problem.

    I was totally in disbelieve…. Continue to drive when there’s smoldering at the back of the car???

    Super salesman with unbelievable answer.

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  • Ex Proton fanboi on Sep 26, 2023 at 9:57 am

    To all X90 owners and future owners, don’t forget to buy a fire extinguisher as well.

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  • Sohai on Sep 26, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Already close to Oct and have yet to see 1 on the road. Failed product

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  • Autodriver on Sep 26, 2023 at 11:00 am

    It seems the sales of X90 is far slower than X50 and X70 when the duo newly launched. It is not cheap for the flagship RM153k considered it is only 1.5T and the rivals Tiggo 8 price is slighly higher at RM160k comes with 2.0T. Yes X90 is spacious than Tiggo 8 especially in last row, but both 7-seats SUV last row is not comfortable for adult in long haul still.

    One of biggest drawback of X90 is the headunit without AA and AP which was found in Tiggo 8.

    X90 sales might be better if there was no Tiggo 8 here. People can’t say Tiggo 8 is China car not good or bla bla bla, the X90 is also a “China car” but rebadged as Proton.

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  • ramahsami ceo on Sep 26, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    To save the proton x series from nobody dare buying, shift to use a proper 4 cylinder engine and stop the fire hazard hybrid production line.

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  • One more thing is should have 7 seater with sunroof.

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  • Charleston Hee Son Tak on Sep 26, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    People say can’t buy fire insuran for this car is it real or not

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  • Amazing how the Proton X-series went from national pride when they first launched to now having such a bad reputation from spare parts, recalls, fire, etc…

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  • DonkeyKong on Sep 26, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    6-seat SUVs are some of the dumbest vehicles around. It loses practicality while not being spacious and comfortable like 6-seat MPVs.

    Look at Kia Sorento. No one wants it. Innova Zenox Hybrid are rarely seen too. Let’s see how this X90 fares

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  • Buyers expect and afford a1.8 engine to power up 7 seaters. But Proton gives 1.5. This is the most foolish strategy.

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  • Can someone exactly figure out the ratio on numbers of x90 production (that is already on the road) VS numbers of x90 yg terbakar? Kalau baca komen kat sini, as if mcm byk betul yg dah terbakar berbanding yg xde masalah. Risau misleading je info yg ada ni.

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