Proton X50 Archive

  • 2020 Proton X50 official video – SUV zooms around KL

    We’ve seen a fair bit of the Proton X50 by now, but here’s the soon-to-be-launched SUV in a slightly different light. A stylish SUV’s natural habitat is in the city, and in this new teaser video we get to see the X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship zooming around KL. There are brief day and night shots of the car in action, as well as snippets of the media preview at Sepang.

    While the previous teaser video focused on design, this episode is titled Powerful Performance, with captions mentioning the 1.5 TGDi engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with manual mode. The turbo engine in question is the Flagship’s direct injection unit with 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. 0-100 km/h is done in 7.9 seconds.

    The other three variants – Standard, Executive and Premium – get a port injection version of the mill with 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 226 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. All X50s get a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission as used in the CKD X70.

    Speaking of the media preview at Sepang, two-time Sepang 1000 km Endurance Race champion Farique Hairuman was on duty at the event, and was all praises for the X50’s handling. By the way, the Proton has been made to ride softer than the Geely Binyue, which suspension was deemed too stiff for Malaysian road conditions. There have been changes to the front anti-roll bar, spring rates, bushings, tyre selection, dampers and electronic power steering.

    Available equipment include LED headlamps, automatic air-con with second-row vents, an eight- or 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with GKUI 19, fabric or leather seats, electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, 17- or 18-inch wheels, and a powered driver’s seat.

    On the safety front, the five-star ASEAN NCAP-rated car comes with four airbags, stability control and hill start assist on the Standard. It’s six airbags from the Executive onwards, but only the Flagship gets Level 2 semi-autonomous driving features including AEB with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, auto high beam and blind spot monitoring with door opening warning. There’s also a parking assist system with auto parallel and perpendicular parking.

    Find out all you need to know about the X50 in our info hub. The official launch is on October 27.

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

  • 2020 Proton X50 launching in Malaysia on October 27

    The Proton X50 will be officially go on sale in Malaysia on October 27, with a virtual launch set to take place at 10.50am next Tuesday. This was confirmed by a posting on the carmaker’s official Facebook page, which was accompanied by a short video that showcased parts of the B-segment SUV.

    Even before its launch debut, the X50 appears to be a popular choice among car buyers, with over 20,000 bookings received in just two weeks after the order books were opened on Malaysia Day (September 16). The X50 is available in four variants – Standard, Executive, Premium and Flagship – with all of them being powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

    On the Standard, Executive and Premium variants, the engine features port injection and produces 150 PS (or 147 hp) at 5,500 rpm and 226 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. Meanwhile, the mill in the range-topping Flagship uses direct injection and serves up 177 PS (or 174 hp) at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. Both direct- and port-injection versions will be paired with a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission as seen on the CKD X70.

    Available equipment for the X50 include LED headlamps, automatic air-conditioning with second-row vents, an eight- or 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with GKUI 19, fabric or leather seat upholstery, an electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, 17- or 18-inch wheels, and a powered driver’s seat.

    On the safety front, the X50, which has already received a five-star ASEAN NCAP rating, comes as standard with four airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors. The Executive model gets six airbags, but the Flagship is the only one that gets Level 2 semi-autonomous driving features.

    The list of driver assists include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, auto high beam and blind spot monitoring with a door opening warning. There’s even a parking assist system that enables autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking manoeuvres.

    We’ve already had plenty of time with the X50 during past media preview events (including one in Sepang), and you can find out everything you need to know about the compact SUV in our X50 info hub, here. Any guesses on pricing for all four variants?

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

  • Proton X50 SUV production not affected by Covid-19 outbreak, launch to happen virtually – report

    Yesterday, Proton announced that a total of 50 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s certainly a serious situation for all concerned, but it seems to have not sidelined the company’s production schedule for the highly-awaited X50 SUV – if a report by SoyaCincau is any indication.

    In a statement published by the tech portal, the national carmaker said that while the engineering division has been quarantined due to the new cases, it does not expect production volumes to be affected. It added that it will proceed with launching the car this year, although it will do so in virtual form.

    The company originally intended for the launch to be a physical event but then decided that it would be out of step with the “mood of the nation” – even before the Klang Valley’s second conditional movement control order was implemented last week. As such, it has scaled down its plans considerably.

    In the meantime, Proton is still taking orders for the X50, a B-segment SUV based on the Geely Binyue/Coolray. The car debuts several new features, including a revised Geely Key User Interface (GKUI 19) and Level 2 semi-autonomous driving functions. These include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centring assist.

    All variants will be powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine in two flavours. Standard, Executive and Premium models get the port-injected version with 150 PS and 226 Nm of torque, while the Flagship receives the direct-injected variant making 177 PS and 255 Nm. A seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission is fitted as standard, with drive sent to the front wheels.

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

  • Proton X50 – ASEAN NCAP report reveals the Standard variant and confirms Thailand export plans

    The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) report of the Proton X50 released yesterday revealed more than just the new model’s crash worthiness. It also gave us a look at the X50 Standard variant, which is a first since all media and public previews so far have only featured the Flagship version.

    Here we can see how the X50 looks in its base form, with smaller 17-inch wheels and silver brake callipers (the Premium and Flagship get dual-tone 18-inch alloys with red callipers). We’ve also been informed earlier that both the Standard and Executive variants will wear Giti tyres instead of Continental on the Premium and Flagship, matching what’s offered on the X70.

    Also missing are the roof rails, TGDi badging and front LED fog lamps, though at least the last item appears to have fully flush housings (no blank plates that scream kosong car). The roof is also body-coloured here, as the dual-tone look is reserved for the Flagship.

    The rest of the vehicle looks identical to the Flagship we’ve seen – the LED headlights, gloss black front grille with red highlights, sporty lower apron, rear spoiler, rear wiper and quad tailpipes (you can even tell that they are real pipes as they vibrate upon impact) are all here. The Standard even has gloss black B- and C- pillars instead of cheap-looking body-coloured pillars. Great!

    Meanwhile, the interior shots also show the Standard’s fabric seats, as well as the smaller 8-inch touchscreen display, all-black dashboard and beige headlining shared with the Executive variant (the Premium and Flagship get a larger 10-inch screen, black and red interior and sportier black headlining). See our full breakdown of the four X50 variants here.

    Apart from showing the Standard variant, the ASEAN NCAP report also revealed that the Proton X50 is intended for the Thai market too. This confirms that Proton had informed the independent body of its intent to export the B-segment SUV to Thailand sometime down the line.

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

  • VIDEO: Proton X50 ASEAN NCAP crash test report

    We now have the full New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) crash safety report for the Proton X50, including the full crash test video. As announced by Proton last week, its upcoming B-segment SUV scored a full five-star crash safety rating, and it is now confirmed that it stands for all four variants available, since the crash tests were carried out on the X50 Standard.

    Yes, you read that right, the tests were done on base X50s equipped with four rather than six airbags, which are fitted to the other three variants. The ASEAN NCAP video shows how the X50 withstood both frontal and side impacts from multiple angles. The frontal crash, especially, looks rather promising as the A-pillars remained intact.

    Looking at the full report, ASEAN NCAP gave the Proton X50 a score of 13.42 out of 16 for frontal impact, a full 16 for side impact and 2 out of 4 for head protection technology (points docked for the lack of curtain airbags on the vehicles tested). Its total for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) is 31.42 out of a max of 36.

    To put that into perspective, those numbers compare favourably against the Perodua Aruz (12.50, 14.64, 4, AOP total 31.14), even though it falls behind the recently tested (and fellow B-segment SUV) Toyota Corolla Cross (13.01, 16, 4, AOP total 33.01). It has to be mentioned, though, that if the X50 was tested with six airbags instead of four, it would have bested the Corolla Cross too.

    The next rating is Child Occupant Protection (COP), where the X50 scored a total of 41.50 out of 49. The Aruz and Corolla Crossed received COP scores of 41.19 and 44.35, respectively.

    As for Safety Assist, the X50 scored 14 out of 18, losing points for not having seatbelt reminders for rear passengers (for the Standard variant tested at least – the Flagship version we’ve tested has belt reminders for all seats). Here, both the Aruz and Corolla Cross had better outings with 16 and 14.50 respectively.

    Click to enlarge the full crash test report

    The latest version of ASEAN NCAP testing protocol also includes a separate assessment for blind-spot technology. The independent body confirmed that the X50’s blind-spot monitor functions within the test parameters (on both sides), as shown in the test video.

    On a side note, the full report also mentions that the safety rating applies for Proton X50 models meant for the Thai market too. Well, now we know that the X50 will be exported there – thanks for the info, ASEAN NCAP!

    So, what do you think of the Proton X50’s ASEAN NCAP crash test result? Discuss in the comments section below.

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

  • Proton X50 – only bookings made via authorised dealers are legit; buyers urged to be wary of conmen

    There has been a great deal of hype surrounding the new Proton X50 SUV, so much in fact that irresponsible parties have begun misrepresenting themselves as Proton salespersons to make a quick buck.

    In an official statement, Proton said, unequivocally, that only bookings made via authorised Proton dealers and outlets are legitimate. “Proton has not appointed any parties outside of our authorised sales network to act as sales agents for the company’s products.”

    “We would like to strongly urge all potential customers to be wary of individuals or organisations claiming otherwise, and if in doubt to contact us. At Proton, our first priority is the customer and we will always strive to ensure that they are well looked after,” it added.

    You may visit this website to locate a Proton dealer closest to you, or alternatively you may call Proton’s customer care hotline at 1-800-88-8398. The Proton X50 will likely be launched soon, so be sure to watch this space for updates. Also, feel free to browse through our comprehensive coverage of the B-segment SUV by clicking the tag below. Don’t you want to see how it outperforms the BMW X1 in a drag race?

  • Two-time S1K champion Farique Hairuman impressed with Proton X50 handling – bought one for himself!

    At this point, we know pretty much there is to know about the Proton X50, except pricing. But that hasn’t stopped over 20,000 people from booking the automaker’s new B-segment SUV – that statistic now include our very own Hafriz Shah, as well as renown two-time Sepang 1000 km Endurance Race champion Farique Hairuman (also known as Wak Tempe).

    Farique, who was part of the driving instructors team at the official X50 media drive last week, said the X50 “handles like no other SUV” he has driven before. “It is fun, nimble, easy to turn,” he said, adding that emergency lane changing and steering correction was very smooth as well. He even told Hafriz that the X50 handles better than the F48 BMW X1!

    While exiting Turn 6, Farique noted that he could just floor the throttle and let the X50 run wide, but to his surprise, the typical SUV understeer was absent. It also didn’t oversteer when barging into Turn 12 with four adults on board. On the main straight, the top speed was just shy of 170 km/h (with four adults) before braking into Turn 1.

    According to staff engineer Noor Hisham Ismail, the X50 has actually been made to ride softer, because the Binyue is apparently “too stiff” to deal with our litany of speed bumps and potholes. Specifically, Proton revised the front anti-roll bar, spring rates, bushings, tyre selection, dampers, and electronic power steering.

    Ironically, Hisham said the X50 with its softer suspension won’t be as enjoyable to drive as the Binyue. But if it’s good enough for Farique (who by the way has had several international racing stints, such as the Super Taikyu Endurance Series in Japan from 2008 to 2013), it probably is good enough for most people.

    One of the biggest talking points to come out of the media drive was the Flagship’s 1.5 TGDi drag race performance. With 177 PS and 255 Nm of torque, it consistently beat the Honda HR-V and BMW X1 sDrive18i in the acceleration test. Just to remind you, the Flagship will do the century sprint in 7.9 seconds, which is respectably brisk for a car in its class.

    GALLERY: Proton X50 drive preview, Sepang International Circuit

  • Proton X50 received over 20,000 bookings in its first 2 weeks – prices to be revealed at official launch soon

    And now the numbers game begins. Proton has just officially announced that its upcoming X50 SUV has garnered over 20,000 bookings in its first two weeks since the order books opened on September 16. The booking numbers have already “exceeded expectations,” according to the local carmaker.

    “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 Roslan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Proton Edar in an official statement.

    Over 20,000 bookings sure sounds like a lot doesn’t it, especially for a new model with no price tag as of yet. Mind you, each one of those bookings include a fee of RM500, as Proton has moved away from its online booking programme (the X70’s online booking fee was just RM99 in 2018 and earlier this year) to ensure that it gets a more realistic estimate of serious buyers.

    Speaking of the lack of prices, while a few media outlets have speculated that the official price announcement has been “delayed” because Proton itself is still waiting for its X50 prices to be approved by the local authorities, we can unequivocally confirm that that is not the case.

    Proton Edar CEO Roslan himself told us at that Proton has faced no such issues, and that the staggered release of information on the new model – including the withholding of its prices – has been executed according to the company’s launch schedule.

    Looking at Proton car launches in recent years, all new prices have been announced by Proton CEO, Dr Li Chunrong at the official launch ceremony, and not a second earlier. It shouldn’t be to anyone’s surprise that the X50’s launch plans would follow the same pattern.

    As for when that official launch ceremony will happen, all information we have so far would suggest that the launch window isn’t too far away. It’s safe to estimate that it would happen in the next two weeks or so – a full month of pre-launch order taking sounds about right.

    “But how am I supposed to place a booking when I don’t know the prices?” we hear you ask? Well, most Proton dealerships would at least give a rough ballpark figure for you to consider – between RM80k to RM110k would be a safe estimate. Proton may well spring a good surprise and go lower – we’ll find out soon enough. Clearly, over 20,000 customers, myself included, didn’t think that was an issue.

    In any case, even if the official prices, when announced, turn out to be different to what you were expecting/hoping, you are then free to change your booking to a different variant if you so wish. Even if you disagree with the entire pricelist altogether, the RM500 booking fee is fully refundable upon request.

    So, dear readers, what do you think of this update? It sure is looking good for the Proton X50 so far. Read and watch all you need to know about the new B-segment SUV here.

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 colour options

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

  • VIDEO: Proton X50 – Level 2 semi-autonomous driving

    The range-topping Proton X50 Flagship will feature an Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) suite of driving assistance and safety components, which includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, auto high beam and blind spot monitoring with a door opening warning.

    There is also Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), which bundles adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist and lane keeping assist, enabling the car to maintain a set distance from a preceding vehicle and stay in the centre of its lane, at speeds of up to 150 km/h.

    At the media preview of the X50 in Sepang yesterday, the automaker showcased the SUV’s Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capability, and the video shows the ICC in action, highlighting how the system aids driving. Also showcased are the workings of BLIS.

    A point to note about the stop and go function. As shown in the clip, the vehicle-to-vehicle distance when stationary looks to be relatively short, but the gap still leaves room for traffic from another lane to cut in under real-world conditions, as is the case with the low-speed follow function in Honda’s Sensing suite. We’ll know more when we eventually get our hands on the X50 for on-road trials.

  • Proton X50 – three-cylinder engine vibration issue?

    As many of you are probably aware by now, the Proton X50 will be offered with two engines, both being 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol units. In the range-topping Flagship variant, the mill features direct fuel injection, which makes 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm,

    Meanwhile, the Standard, Executive and Premium variants get a port-injected version of the engine that is rated at 150 PS and 226 Nm. All X50s have a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission sending power to the front wheels, with no all-wheel drive option.

    That’s all well and good, but “car experts” have been providing all sorts of claims and theories about the X50’s three-cylinder engines being a bad thing. As we were given access to the B-segment SUV during yesterday’s media preview event, we tried to find out if there’s any truth to the chatter.

    Proton has said that the X50’s engines have received more than 10 specific parts to improve their NVH. In this video, we check out the Flagship’s 1.5 TGDi engine’s start-up vibration, noise and refinement, so if you’re curious and demand visual and audio proof, let Hafriz Shah give you the 411 on the topic at hand.


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