Proton X50 Archive

  • Proton X50 SUV now open for booking in Brunei

    The Proton X50 is now open for booking in Brunei, which is set to be the first export market for the marque’s latest SUV. The oil-rich kingdom is sandwiched between Malaysian states Sabah and Sarawak, which makes it the natural first export destination for Proton cars – it was so for both the CBU and CKD Proton X70, for instance.

    The invitation to book the X50 by dealer Pad Motors Proton Brunei wasn’t accompanied by variants or specs, just the mention of a “stunning exterior, smart connectivity features and class-leading performance”. Traditionally, the Brunei market will share the same variants and specs as Malaysia, as was the case with the X70.

    Here, the X50 is available in four variants – Standard, Executive, Premium and Flagship – priced from RM79,200 to RM103,300. It’s powered by a turbocharged 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine with 150 PS and 226 Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission. The top Flagship variant comes with a direct-injection version of the 1.5L turbo engine with 177 PS/255 Nm. Full specs and galleries of all variants here.

    Proton will no doubt be working hard to deliver as many Tanjung Malim-assembled X50s as possible this year. As of end-October (the car was launched on October 27), the company had 27,400 bookings and 447 delivered units.

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Executive


    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Premium
    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship
    GALLERY: Proton X50 official photos

     
     
  • Proton X50 gets customised virtually by Durian Works

    We think the Proton X50 is aggressively styled as is, but as is usual, there are those who think the B-segment SUV isn’t quite sporty enough out of the box. We’ve already seen what lengths one buyer has gone to, and now we’re seeing another reinterpretation by a small design concern called Durian Works.

    Eagle-eyed readers may recognise the name – three years ago, it did a similar virtual redesign of the then-new Perodua Myvi, then an electric version called the Myv-E a year later. This time, the customisation changes are even more extreme, led by a significant makeover of the front fascia on this “Rebel Edition”.

    The X50 gains a new grille with twin slats and a very technical-looking mesh, although the red insert has been retained. It is flanked by redesigned twin projector headlight internals, tied together by the usual chrome trim that’s now been painted black.

    But it’s the bumper that gets the bulk of the redevelopment, with black extensions and slats holding an additional set of daytime running lights. The slats are visually extended by black garnishes on the side of the bumper, while the black lip spoiler gains a body-coloured bumper guard.

    Along the side, the black body cladding receives a body-coloured insert, while the chrome strip over the top of the windows has been painted red. Like the modified X50 we showed you earlier, this one gets a massive set of 20-inch alloy wheels, here in a very Lamborghini-like design. Finishing off the side profile are the silver side graphics in an angular design.

    Moving to the back of the car, Durian Works has surprisingly retained the standard tailgate spoiler instead of going for a larger unit. That’s not to say that it has been restrained, because just below the rear windscreen are two winglets that sprout out above the taillights. Speaking of which, the lamps have been joined together by a strip that extends the triple light guide graphic, while the light units themselves have been smoked.

    That’s not all. The chrome strip joining the taillights has been switched out for a black version, and a body-coloured strip has been added to the diffuser. The quad integrated tailpipes also have a new rectangular design that appears to be joined in the middle.

    Just to recap, the new Proton X50 was launched last month, priced between RM79,200 to RM103,300. Based on the Geely Binyue/Coolray, it heralds several technological firsts for the national carmaker, including a new GKUI 19 infotainment system and a host of Level 2 semi-autonomous driving features.

    Power comes from two versions of the Geely/Volvo 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The port-injected variant makes 150 PS and 226 Nm of torque, whereas the T-GDI direct-injected unit (only found on the Flagship model) churns out 177 PS and 255 Nm. A seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission sends those outputs exclusively to the front wheels. So, what do you think of the Durian Works redesign?

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 T-GDI Flagship

     
     
  • Proton X50 1.5 TGDi engine, 7DCT combo receives top award from China’s Society of Automotive Engineers

    The 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox combo used in the Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship has received a top award from China’s Society of Automotive Engineers. SAE-China awarded their highest honour, the “China Automotive Industry Science and Technology Award”, to Geely for the development of the 1.5TD + 7DCT powertrain.

    SAE-China is China’s most prestigious non-governmental professional association for scientists, academics, engineers, and technicians working in the world’s largest and most competitive automotive market.

    Each year, automotive industry peers in SAE-China nominate and select achievements and innovations that have advanced and influenced the automotive industry for the award. For 2020, Geely’s 1.5TD + 7DCT powertrain was selected among 170 other innovations by top Chinese universities, science academies and global automotive R&D centres. The award is like a “Nobel Prize” for the industry, Proton says.

    Panel judges and industry peers selected Geely’s latest powertrain, co-developed with Volvo, for making key breakthroughs in three major challenges faced by the industry – developing a highly versatile compact engine, balancing performance with fuel efficiency, and increasing the utilisation and reliability of hybrid power.

    The powertrain was the result of years of collaborative R&D between Geely and Volvo. Designed to be versatile and high performance, the combo can provide sufficient power for models in a wide variety of segments. It’s modular too, designed to be integrated into four different hybrid power setups – 48V mild hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and range extender EV.

    In the Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship, the turbo triple makes 177 PS and 255 Nm, good enough for 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. The 7DCT transmission is claimed to have an industry leading 97.2% transmission efficiency, can handle up to 450 Nm of torque, and shift gears near instantaneously in 0.2 seconds.

    Commonly used in fuel-efficient economy cars, three-cylinder engines have a bit of a stigma when it comes to refinement. Geely says that it has overcome this, achieving NVH performance levels equal to four-cylinder engines on the market. The 1.5TD (the official designation of the TGDi) was developed with over 120 NVH optimising parts, reducing perceivable engine jitter and noise. At idle, engine noise inside vehicle cabins can be as low as 38db, Geely says.

    Counterweighted crankshafts, dual-mass flywheel with centrifugal pendulum absorber damper, single balancing shaft, low noise timing belt, high stiffness oil pan, asymmetric oil pump impeller, and an engine compartment and vibration dampener are among the army of parts combating NVH in the 1.5TD – full story here.

    For maximum fuel efficiency, the engine can also run on a Miller cycle for hybrid applications. We’ve previously detailed this downsized turbo engine family with its tech and applications – read more here.

    In just over two years, more than 1.6 million 1.5TD engines and 7DCT transmissions have been produced and delivered. The engine can be found across the Geely group, in models such as the Proton X50/Geely Coolray/Geely Binyue, Geely Azkarra/Geely Boyue, Geely Okavango, Volvo XC40, all Lynk & Co models and the LEVC TXe, among others.

    The powertrain is now in service in over 21 countries including Sweden, the UK, Russia, Philippines and Malaysia. Geely says that it has invested 20.73 billion yuan (RM13 billion) in R&D projects in the last 10 years up to 2019.

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Standard


    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Executive
    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Premium
    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship
    GALLERY: Proton X50 official photos

     
     
  • 2020 Proton X50 1.5T Standard – first look at the entry-level RM79,200 variant, is the base spec SUV OK?

    It’s not common to be able to lay our eyes and point our camera lenses at base variants of newly-launched models. Usually, what we get to see – at the launch event and at showrooms – is the prettiest and most impressive variant, the flagship. In the Proton X50’s case, it’s literally the top 1.5 TGDi Flagship variant with all the bells and whistles.

    We tried our best to bring to you full galleries of the 1.5T Executive and 1.5T Premium, which you saw in our launch post. However, the base 1.5T Standard variant was nowhere to be found then. Curious on how the entry level RM79,200 looks like? Here’s out first look at the Standard, courtesy of reader Meyooi.

    The good news is that despite being the base model, the 1.5T Standard does not look too much like a poverty-spec car, retaining much of what’s good about the costlier variants. The eyes you see here are LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, which are standard across the X50 board. With a gloss black Infinite Weave grille and red pinstripe, the top half of the Standard’s face is identical to the Flagship’s.

    Even the prominent double front lip that joins the black fender outline is present here, giving the Standard a sporty face, just like the other X50 variants. The only thing missing is the LED front fog lamps that are available on the Executive onwards – the “side intakes” are blank as a result.

    Moving to the side, the Standard rides on 17-inch silver alloys wrapped with 215/60 tyres, the same set up as the Executive. This marks the two lower variants from the Premium and Flagship, which are given 18-inch two-tone wheels, red brake calipers and roof rails. Only the Flagship gets a two-tone body with a black roof. No pics, but the rear end of the Standard is similar to the other variants, with LED tail lights, quad tail pipes and a rear spoiler.

    Overall, the exterior of the Standard looks very decent for a base model, much better than most. But inside is where the difference between it and the others are clearer. The Standard comes with fabric seats with grey contrast stitching, with leather only available from the Executive. If you’re not a fan of leather seats, this shouldn’t be an issue, and there’s a nice wavy motif on the top portion of the seat backs.

    The steering wheel is the same flat-bottomed unit found in the rest of the range – it has two spokes of buttons but no leather wrap. Again, that’s to be found on the Exec onwards. Basically, the main interior difference between the Standard and the Exec, which is RM5,600 costlier, is leather.

    Like the exterior, both Standard and Exec have a similar looking dashboard, sharing the same manual seats, manual air con, analogue meter cluster and 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The two-tone dashboard, digital meter panel and wide 10.25-inch touchscreen you see in the promotional images are for the Premium and Flagship.

    With the RM79,200 Standard and RM84,800 Executive looking really similar in and out (lack of leather might be a deal breaker for some, non issue for others), should you just save the RM5,600 and opt for the base model?

    From L-R: Cockpits of the X50 Executive and Premium

    Depends. The biggest advantage the Exec has over the Standard are the two curtain airbags that make it six in total. We were rather surprised when it was revealed that six airbags weren’t standard across the board – as it’s fast becoming a norm in the B-segment these days – and this is the main reason why we recommend the Exec as the base point. But if you almost never have any passengers, and the X50 is a purely a personal car…

    The other features that the Exec adds on are auto headlamps, the above-mentioned LED fog lamps and front parking sensors. One last thing: the Standard comes with three exterior colour options, which are Snow White, Armour Silver and Ocean Blue. If you fancy Jet Grey and Citric Orange, it has to be the Exec. Passion Red is reserved for the Premium and Flagship.

    So, what do you think of the RM79,200 Proton X50 1.5T Standard? Looks wise, I think it’s very sporty-looking for a base model, and it doesn’t take much to make it look like the X50 in the ads – upsizing the rims and wrapping the roof/A-pillars would be enough. The other main points are the airbags, fabric/leather, analogue/digital meters and size of the touchscreen.

    Here’s the variant breakdown in detail.

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Standard – RM79,200
    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5T PFI 1.5 litre engine
    • 1,477 cc multi-point injection, turbocharged three-cylinder
    • 150 PS at 5,500 rpm
    • 226 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm
    • Seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual mode (no paddle shifters)
    • 6.5 litres per 100 km fuel consumption
    • Three drive modes (Normal, Eco and Sport)
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Ventilated brake discs (front), solid discs (rear)
    • Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold function
    • MacPherson strut (front), torsion beam (rear) suspension
    • 45 litre fuel tank capacity
    • 1,325 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • 17-inch silver alloy wheels with 215/60-profile tyres
    • LED projector headlamps
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED tail lights
    • Gloss black grille with red outline
    • Front lower splitter with carbon-fibre print
    • Rear spoiler
    • Quad-exhaust pipes, rear diffuser with carbon-fibre print

    Interior

    • Black fabric upholstery with grey contrast stitching
    • Grey headliner
    • Manual front seat adjustment
    • Manual air-conditioning
    • Urethane steering wheel with control switches
    • Standard meter instrument cluster
    • Cruise control with speed limiter
    • Keyless entry, push-button start
    • Remote engine start
    • Rear air-con vents
    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GKUI 19
    • Voice command, navigation, online weather foreceast/ Joox music streaming
    • 4G and WiFi, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity
    • Four loudspeakers
    • Three USB ports (one data, two charging)
    • N95 cabin filter
    • 330 litres boot space

    Safety

    • Four airbags (front and side)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control
    • ABS, EBD, brake assist
    • Hill hold assist, hill descent control
    • Reverse camera
    • Four rear parking sensors

    Colours

    • Snow White, Armour Silver, Ocean Blue

    Click to enlarge

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Executive – RM84,800
    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1,345 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • Automatic headlamps
    • Front LED fog lamps

    Interior

    • Black faux leather upholstery with grey contrast stitching
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with function control switches

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side, curtain)
    • Two front parking sensors

    Colours

    • As above, adds on Jet Grey and Citric Orange

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Premium – RM93,200

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1,350 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with 215/55-profile tyres
    • Red-coloured brake callipers
    • Silver roof rails

    Interior

    • Black and red faux leather upholstery with red contrast stitching
    • Black headliner
    • Dual-tone black and red interior
    • Six-way powered driver’s seat
    • Single-zone auto air-conditioning
    • 7.0-inch digital instrument display
    • Front side mirror welcome lamps
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
    • Additional voice functions for GKUI 19 interface
    • Six loudspeakers
    • Proton Link App compatibility (vehicle status, remote control)

    Safety

    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 360-degree camera

    Colours

    • As above, adds on Passion Red

    2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship – RM103,300

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5 TGDi 1.5 litre engine
    • 1,477 cc direct-injection, turbocharged three-cylinder
    • 177 PS at 5,500 rpm
    • 255 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm
    • 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds
    • 6.4 litres per 100 km fuel consumption
    • 1,370 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • Dual-tone exterior (black roof and pillars)
    • Automatic rain-sensing wipers

    Interior

    • Panoramic sunroof, powered sunblind cover
    • Automatic dimming rear-view mirror

    Safety

    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go function
    • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
    • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
    • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
    • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
    • Intelligent high-beam control
    • Auto Park Assist
    • Four front parking sensors

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Standard


    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Executive
    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Premium
    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship
    GALLERY: Proton X50 official photos

     
     
  • Proton X50 – first mods debut with this ‘Bumblebee’

    It has hardly been a week since the Proton X50 made its official debut, but the first aftermarket modifications to dress the SUV up have already come about, as shown by these photos of a sported up example on the All in Proton X50 Accessories Malaysia Facebook page.

    The Citric Orange shade on this particular X50 has been ditched for a new bright yellow exterior hue, courtesy of a wrap job. New wheels have also found their way on, in this case 20-inch five double-spoke black alloys, clad with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 235/40 profile rubbers.

    Additionally, the SUV’s already prominent double front lip gets an additional layer to make it three with the inclusion of a gloss carbon front lip extension, and the front fog lamp surrounds now house a new three-bar daytime running light assembly, which doubles up as a vertically-oriented sequential turn signal, complete with amber lighting.

    Further along, you’ll find matte carbon side mirror covers, along with a new, more aggressively-styled two-toned S rear spoiler. Incidentally, you can also specify the three-piece front lip extension in gloss or matte black if carbon isn’t your thing.

    The X50 also features a powered bootlid, courtesy of an electric tailgate kit. The install apparently works with the OEM part from the Boyue Pro, ensuring a perfect fit without the need for cutting and drilling. This should be the unit as listed in the optional accessories pack for the SUV.

    The key fob has also been given a matching yellow wrap treatment, but the adventure doesn’t end here – an audio system is currently being installed, and we were informed that there are plans to upgrade the brakes and suspension next.

    We’ll have a more detailed story on this X50 project soon, but it is worth reminding that some modifications will void the vehicle warranty, in case anyone has the idea to go down the same route. Nonetheless, quite garang eh, this look, don’t you think?

     
     
  • Proton X50 bookings reach 27,400, 447 units delivered

    Proton has wasted no time in releasing its October 2020 sales figures – today is the first working day since October ended and we now have the press release.

    Proton announced that it sold 11,392 units in the first 10 months of the year, and year-to-date sales is at 84,999 units – this is 6.2% more than January-October 2019. With this they’re estimating a 21.3% market share.

    With the Proton X50 launch happening late in the month (October 27), the new SUV couldn’t contribute much to the overall tally. However, Proton still managed to deliver 447 units. They’re saying “in customer hands” but perhaps the earliest units would go to dealerships to serve as demo units. But it’s just a matter of time, and this month will be the first full month of sales for the anticipated new model.

    “Proton would like to thank all its customers for the tremendous interest shown in the Proton X50. We are pushing to ensure fulfilment over the last three months of 2020, while continuing to emphasise product quality,” said Proton Edar CEO Roslan Abdullah.

    Proton says that its order books for the X50 has 27,400 names at the end of October. The X50 is priced at RM79,200 for the base 1.5T Standard, RM84,800 for the Executive, RM93,200 for the Premium and RM103,300 for the 1.5 TGDi Flagship. East Malaysia prices are RM2,000 higher across the board. These prices are on-the-road without insurance, including maximum sales tax exemption valid until December 31.

    We’ve already covered the X50 extensively, so for more on the car, check out our launch report and our spec breakdown video below, where you’ll get a good look at the variants below the Flagship. Also hit this link for the full list of X50 posts, including one where we compare its servicing costs against the X70 and Honda HR-V over five years.

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Executive


    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Premium