Proton X50 Archive

  • Taking delivery of my own Proton X50 – Hafriz Shah

    It’s no secret that I booked a Proton X50 Flagship for myself – making it three new Protons in the last two years, joining the X70 Premium CBU and Iriz Standard MT. Here’s a video of me taking delivery of my new B-segment SUV, including why I bought it plus plans for mods and fixes.

    In short, I needed a replacement for my Peugeot 208 GTi, which has gone over five years. Having owned an out-of-warranty Fiat Bravo recently, it’s not an experience I’d want to go through again, let’s just leave it as that. As clichéd as it sounds, you can’t really put a price on having peace of mind. Well, actually you can – the price of a new car, that is ;)

    An SUV fits my needs as well, with a coupe already serving as my daily. While I do believe that having a two-door as your primary car makes absolute sense, the rare times that you do need rear seats or a bigger boot do come more often than you may first think. I’ve learnt it the hard way.

    Citric Orange wasn’t my first colour choice for the X50 either. I picked red at first, until I saw it in the flesh under direct sunlight. Too bright and flat, I thought, so orange became the next best choice. There’s a story behind the number plate too, which you can hear in the video above.

    So, do you think I’ve made the right decision with the X50? Let me know in the comments section below.

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

     
     
  • Proton X50 review – detailed look at the pros and cons

    It’s no understatement that the Proton X50 is the most hyped up new car in Malaysia since perhaps the original Proton Saga itself. Question is, can it live up to all that hype? The short answer is, no. It’s far from perfect, with more than its fair share of issues and flaws.

    So here’s our full, comprehensive review of the X50, covering all that’s good and bad on the hot B-segment SUV. Be warned, however, that this video is 60 minutes long. This being a Proton, naturally the public eye is on it like a hawk, wanting to know every single detail, every single fault, so we are going to be extra critical of it.

    If you’ve been following this channel long enough, you’ll remember that we did the exact same thing with the current Perodua Myvi when it first came out three years ago. It’s just what we do here at paultan.org. That review, by the way, has garnered over 2.7 million views over three languages, so thank you again Malaysians for all the support.

    We also have a shorter version of this review (25 minutes long) below, which is easier to digest – meant for casual viewers, it still covers all the necessary details. If you’re seriously looking to buy the X50, however, I’d recommend you take the time to watch the full version above, as it details the X50’s pros and (a lot of) cons more extensively.

    I’d also like to personally apologise for being late with this review. It was my decision to hold off all car reviews on paultan.org during the CMCO, as I felt that us driving around through the travel restrictions went against the spirit of the CMCO. Car reviews can wait, I decided, and I wanted our team to set a good example of staying home, minimising driving out.

    Now that all travel restrictions have been lifted, we can finally continue doing reviews again. I’m sorry again for the delays, and the team and I will do our very best to catch up with all the latest car reviews. Thanks for sticking with us, we’ll all get through this, together.

    Do enjoy the video above, and let me know what you think of it and the Proton X50 in general in the comments section below. Thank you for watching, and Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone.


     
     
  • Proton X50 – 1,756 units delivered in November, 2,203 since launch; now topping B-segment SUV markets

    The Proton X50 SUV has sailed right to the top of the B-segment SUV market. According to the latest press release issued by the national automaker, it delivered 1,756 units of the X50 in November, while total deliveries since launch is 2,203 units.

    At the launch, Proton said it aimed to produce 8,000 units of the X50 in November and December 2020, but it’s unclear if the target can be met. To address this, Proton Edar CEO, Roslan Abdullah said: “Admittedly, deliveries of the Proton X50 have not ramped up to maximum capacity, but we are being deliberate in our approach to ensure our customers get the best product that meets their expectations.”

    “Still, we target to increase our volume each month to shorten waiting times, so we urge everyone to please remain patient,” he added. At the end of October, Proton said it had collected nearly 28,000 bookings for the X50, 20,000 of which were placed within the first two weeks since the order books opened.

    To recap, 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.

    If you’re interested in the X50, feel free to watch our spec-by-spec breakdown in the video above. Alternatively, you can also click here to access the full list of X50-related posts, or even compare the X50’s maintenance costs against the X70 and Honda CR-V over five years/100,000 km. Otherwise, just browse full specifications and equipment of the new Proton X50 on CarBase.my.

    Meanwhile, other segment-topping models include the X70 (C-segment SUV) with 2,157 units sold in November, while the Exora (C-segment MPV) saw 629 new deliveries. For the month of November, it sold 11,411 units of vehicles, a figure which include both domestic and export markets. This is an 18% increase over the same period in 2019, when 9,643 units were sold.

    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 ‘Bumblebee’ – viral yellow SUV with over RM50k worth of modifications inside and outside!

    It has been a month since the official launch of the Proton X50. Many soon-to-be owners are still anxiously anticipating that one phone call from their sales advisors, but for others, the modding spree has already begun. There is one that went viral on social media, and you’re looking right at it. Meet, the “Bumblebee.”

    At first glance, this satin pearl yellow X50 might seem like the kind of understated mod your usual neighbourhood car enthusiast would do, although it’s anything but. To know more about the car, Lee, as he prefers to go by, walks us through the list of modifications he has done since taking ownership of the X50. Disclaimer – Lee spent roughly RM52,000 on his 1.5 TGDi Flagship to date, but he’s not quite done yet.

    One of the first things he did was do a full body wrap with chrome-delete. The original chrome trims on the grille, headlights and window surrounds have all been wrapped with gloss black vinyl, as have the roof rails and door handles.

    The LED headlights and LED fog lamps remain standard, but each side of the latter housing gets a trio of LEDs that double as regular DRLs and amber-coloured turn indicators in sequential fashion. All variants of the X50 already come with dual front lip, but Lee saw fit to add a third one, complete with glossy carbon-fibre print.

    Moving to the side, the stock 18-inch alloys have been replaced with 20-inch wheels from Veemann. These matte black twin six-spoke rims have a bead seat profile of 8.5 inches (8.5JJ), which is wider than the 7JJ factory profile. Lee’s tyre of choice is Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S (235/40 ZR20), because why settle for less?

    We’ll talk more about the colossal rotors below and focus on just the aesthetics for now. Other exterior upgrades include carbon-fibre wing mirror caps, a larger rear spoiler taken from the Geely Binyue Sport, LED bar on the tailgate (which relocates the Proton script above it), as well as black Proton and X50 letterings.

    The exhaust system is half new. The section from the stock header to the primary catalytic converter (the X50 has two cat-cons, the first has the oxygen sensor) is retained, but everything aft of it is new. The second cat is removed, and the new mufflers generate an audibly raspier note (Bluetooth remote-activated valves in the pipes further amplify this). The quad tips also get nice carbon sleeves. Lastly, there’s also a hands-free powered tailgate, so just wave your foot to swing it wide open.

    Interior modifications aren’t quite as extensive, but Lee is the kind to leave no stones unturned. The entire dashboard has been wrapped with black Alcantara, replacing the red soft-touch plastic that once graced the entire top section of the dash. The brushed silver dash trim, centre armrest and door trims (originally red leather) also get wrapped in the same material.

    Additional details include yellow contrast stitching on the dashboard, centre armrest, and door panels. Besides the bright red floor mats, everything else remains untouched. There was an attempt to upgrade the 360-degree system to higher definition cameras, but that endeavour met with a minor technical glitch.

    Lee spent approximately RM4,500 to upgrade the sound system, which includes new FRP speakers, a digital sound processor, and an underseat digital active subwoofer. All four doors have been lined with two layers of sound dampening mats which, aside from improving audio quality, also help create a more solid thud when closing the doors.

    So much has already been done thus far, but if you think this is all for aesthetics, well, it goes beyond that. Opening the bonnet reveals an intriguing device called Race Chip GTS (one of their most premium models), which is an aftermarket tuning chip that can be used to improve engine output, alter ignition timing, optimise air-to-fuel ratio, and more.

    But for this specific purpose, the chip (piggybacking on the ECU) is used specifically to increase the performance of the 1.5 TGDi mill. Lee’s dyno tests show a gain of 22 PS and 35 Nm of torque at the wheels, which he says help shave almost a second off the century sprint time. A quick spin around the block tells us that the SUV does indeed feel quicker off the line, and especially responsive in Sport mode.

    Impressive as it may seem, Lee says further refinements could see output figures go up a tad bit more (likely 6 PS and 10 Nm more). Taking that into account, it’s possible for the 1.5 litre mill to make slightly over 200 PS and close to 300 Nm (at crank) with just the tuning chip alone.

    Stopping power is provided by massive 405 mm drilled and ventilated rotors up front. These are taken from the Cadillac CTS-V, a V8-powered super sedan. The discs are clamped by six-piston golden Brembo calipers. Overkill is certainly an understatement at this point.

    The rear discs, which currently look decidedly puny when compared to the front rotors, will be replaced with appropriately large 380-mm ventilated discs (with four-pot clampers) taken from the Porsche Cayenne. The factory brake booster pump and brake linings will also be upgraded in the future.

    For suspension, all four corners are lowered and fitted with Hi-Lo adjustable coilovers. These are specifically made for the Geely Binyue and are fortunately compatible with the right-hand drive X50. Other fine-tunes include a -2 camber angle for the front wheels – Lee says the factory camber angle is -1 for the front left wheel, and +1 for the front right. As a regular at Sepang track days, Lee tells us the mods are not for show, because he plans to field the Bumblebee once the CMCO period ends.

    So there you have it, that’s approximately RM52,000 worth of modifications done to the X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship – exactly half of what the SUV actually costs. But it’s not the end of the line yet!

    Future upgrades, if the “budget” allows, Lee says he plans to install forged pistons, suggesting the eventual move to equip a larger turbocharger for higher boost pressures. Otherwise, a full Mitsubishi 4G63 engine swap is on the cards as well.

    Other “smaller ticket” upgrades would be a four-piece carbon-ceramic disc brake system plucked from the Audi RS5, as well as Recaro race bucket seats.

    Now, what do you think of the Bumblebee? Pretty audacious, no? If you’re planning to do your own X50 mods, keep in mind that these may affect warranty. But hey, as Lee has shown, do what makes you (and your wallet) happy! Start your journey with All In Cross Fifty Accessories Malaysia, here.

     
     
  • 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