Proton X50 Archive

  • SPIED: Geely Binyue, Proton X50 seen testing on LPT

    Well well, it looks like the Geely Binyue has been spotted undergoing road tests once again, this time on the East Coast Expressway (LPT) courtesy of reader Hannis Farhan. Geely’s B-segment SUV has garnered much local attention, with most lauding its styling, equipment levels and turbocharged engine offerings.

    Widely dubbed as the Proton X50, the car will unquestionably be the automaker’s second SUV model, and it’s likely to be the more popular one if priced correctly. Anyway, based on the photos here, the prototype unit is most probably powered by the 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit, going by the quad exhaust tips and diffuser design.

    The sporty-looking SUV will lose out on the larger rear spoiler seen in our walk-around video of the Geely Binyue, though in its place is a sleeker, less ostentatious version that’s similar to that seen on the Binyue plug-in hybrid. Dual-tone alloys seem to be what’s fitted here, though whether this is a right-hand drive or left-hand drive unit cannot be ascertained as yet.


    A rendering of what the Proton X50 could potentially look like

    Nevertheless, here’s a quick recap of the Binyue. It’s built on Geely’s B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), measuring 4,330 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,609 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. Two engines are available in China, the first being the entry-level 1.0 litre three-potter making 134 hp and 205 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

    The one that we’ll most likely be getting is the aforementioned 1.5 litre unit that was co-developed with Volvo, which outputs a healthy 174 hp and 255 Nm. Here, it’s married to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There’s also the Binyue PHEV, which uses the same 1.5 litre block but comes with an electric motor and battery pack. It’s the most potent version of the bunch, making 255 hp and 415 Nm, and with a pure electric range of 60 km.

    For equipment, the Binyue boasts Level 2 automation, which bundles driving features such as adaptive cruise control, parking assist, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB). Other in-car systems include a the famed GKUI system comprising a seven-inch LCD instrument panel and a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, among others. Expect the “Hi Proton” voice command functions to be featured as well.

    If you’re interested to know all about Proton’s upcoming star, click here to find out everything on the X50 that we know thus far. Also, watch the walk-around video below to see exactly how it looks like on camera, as well as an early impression on cabin build quality and spaciousness.

    GALLERY: Geely Binyue

     
     
  • FIRST LOOK: 2019 Geely Binyue – new Proton X50?

    As compact B-segment SUVs go, the Geely Binyue is the first of its kind for the automaker. It’s built on Geely’s BMA modular platform (co-developed with Volvo, but not shared with any current model from the premium brand yet), and like the name suggests, the platform can be scalable and even electrified, as seen with the Binyue PHEV.

    Two turbocharged engines are available, beginning with the entry-level 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol making 134 hp and 205 Nm of torque. Above that is the 1.5 litre three-potter making 174 hp and 255 Nm of torque. In the PHEV variant, the bigger engine is used, and together with the hybrid system generates a total combined output of 255 hp and 415 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

    The Geely Binyue, previously codenamed SX11, was launched in China in November last year, with prices ranging from 78,800 yuan (RM48k, for the base 1.0 litre models) to 118,800 yuan (RM72k, more representative of what we’re likely to receive). It’s currently being readied for our market, and test mules of what is expected to be the “Proton X50” are already roaming in Malaysia. So, what do you think, how would you like a Honda HR-V rival priced from say, RM80k to under RM100k?

    GALLERY: Geely Binyue PHEV


    GALLERY: Geely Binyue

     
     
  • Geely Binyue PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV launching soon – will we get it as the Proton X50 PHEV?

    This is the Geely Binyue PHEV, the plug-in hybrid version of the B-segment SUV that surfaced late last year in China. According to Chinese media, the Binyue PHEV is set to debut in its home market either late this month or in early June.

    These images show the Binyue hooked up to a charger, with its charging port located on the front wing. Other than the extra flap and PHEV emblem on the tailgate, the Binyue PHEV looks similar to the internal combustion engine-powered car. The black floating roof and fan blade-style 18-inch wheels can also be had on the regular Binyue.

    Inside, the smart-looking cockpit has been carried over unchanged, but there’s an additional rotary knob on the centre console for drivers to select pure EV or Hybrid modes. There’s also a “Save” battery button which should offer high regeneration.

    Word is that the Binyue PHEV’s powertrain will combine a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor, battery pack and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With a combined 255 hp and 415 Nm of torque, the compact SUV is good for 0-100 km/h in a brisk 6.9 seconds. The PHEV is said to have a pure electric mode range of 60 km.

    Built on the BMA modular platform co-developed with Volvo, the Binyue in its regular ICE-form comes with two turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine options – a 1.5L with a DCT auto (as per the PHEV, makes 174 hp/255 Nm on its own) and a 1.0L with a six-speed manual (134 hp/205 Nm). It’s 4,330 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,609 mm tall, with a 2,600 mm wheelbase – that’s around the size of a Honda HR-V.

    Of course, the Binyue is being readied for our market, and test mules of what is expected to be the “Proton X50” are already roaming in Malaysia. With a PHEV version available, will we also get a “Proton X50 PHEV” in due time? This could be Proton’s first ever hybrid if it reaches our shores – what do you think?


    GALLERY: Geely Binyue

     
     
  • Proton X50 SUV rendered with Infinite Weave grille

    It appears that Proton is not wasting time in its efforts to expand the product line-up. Just yesterday, two fully-camouflaged test mules of the Geely Binyue (SX11), a five-seater B-segment SUV, were spotted making rounds in Malaysia. Could this mean that Proton is readying a second SUV to supplement the larger X70? If so, ever wondered what it would look like?

    Well, we’ve got digital renderings of what the new Proton ‘X50’ SUV could potentially look like, courtesy of rendering whiz Theophilus Chin. Right off the bat, the only differences between the Geely Binyue and the Proton ‘X50’ renderings are the ‘Infinite Weave’ front grille and tailgate chrome garnish, the latter featuring Proton lettering instead of Geely.

    Apart from that, everything you see here is exactly what you get with the Binyue. Of course, there will be additional tweaks should it be launched here, and that may materialise in the form of design and equipment changes that are better suited to our market. Sources say there are two versions of the Binyue being tested here, one being the standard, and the other is a “Sports” variant.

    Performance-wise, in China, the Binyue is available with two turbocharged, direct-injection three-cylinder petrol engines. The first is a Geely and Volvo co-developed 1.5 litre unit (174 hp and 255 Nm) paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, while the second option is a less powerful 1.0 litre unit (134 hp and 205 Nm) available only with a six-speed manual transmission.

    For equipment, it includes Level 2 autonomous driving features such as adaptive cruise control and parking assist, GKUI system, autonomous emergency braking, seven-inch LCD instrument panel and 10.25-inch main display, among others. Prices range from 78,800 yuan (RM47,858) to 118,800 yuan (RM71,151) there.

    Meanwhile, Proton is currently in the midst of upgrading its Tanjung Malim facility to cater to the manufacturing process of the X70, as well as next-generation Proton models, which should include the Binyue-based model. As the Binyue rides on Geely’s B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume Proton’s RM1.2 billion investment will include support for building the platform. Whether this extends to include the CMA used by Lynk & Co models is still unknown.

    To recap, Proton has also secured the use of intellectual properties (IP) and the rights to manufacture and sell three Geely models – the Boyue, Binyue and Jiaji (VF11) MPV. Exciting times, isn’t it?

    GALLERY: Geely Binyue (SX11) test mule spotted in Malaysia


    GALLERY: Geely Binyue (SX11)

     
     
  • SPYSHOTS: Geely Binyue B-segment SUV spotted testing in Malaysia – new Proton X50 on the way?

    Proton is set to expand its newly established SUV portfolio to include a new B-segment compact SUV based on the Geely Binyue (SX11), which many are tentatively calling the X50. Recently, camouflaged examples of the Binyue have been spotted in the country, as seen in these photos posted by The Ajerul Facebook page.

    The vehicles seen here are all left-hand drive units, and are likely used for development purposes similar to what we’ve witnessed with the X70 prior to its debut.

    According to the source, standard and “sports” versions of the Binyue are being tested; the latter is identified by its bumper design that features smaller fog lamp enclosures, quad exhausts and a prominent rear wing.

    If the X70 is any indication, the Binyue should get its fair share of personalised revisions in terms of design and equipment to better suit the local market before it goes on sale. However, just when that will take place, what it will actually be called, and more importantly, for how much, remains a mystery only Proton can answer.

    The national carmaker is in the midst of upgrading its Tanjung Malim facility to cater to the manufacturing process of its X70, as well as next-generation Proton models, which should include the Binyue-based model. As the Binyue rides on Geely’s B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume Proton’s RM1.2 billion investment will include support for building the platform. Whether this extends to include the CMA used by Lynk & Co models is still unknown.

    In China, the Binyue is available with a choice of two turbocharged, direct-injection three-cylinder petrol engines. The first is a Geely and Volvo co-developed 1.5 litre unit (174 hp and 255 Nm) paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, while the second option is a 1.0 litre unit (134 hp and 205 Nm) available only with a six-speed manual transmission.

    Available equipment for the Binyue in China includes Level 2 autonomous driving features (adaptive cruise control, parking assist), GKUI system, autonomous emergency braking, seven-inch LCD instrument panel and 10.25-inch main display, among others. Prices range from 78,800 yuan (RM47,858) to 118,800 yuan (RM71,151) there.

    As a recap, the national carmaker has already secured the use of intellectual properties (IP) and the rights to manufacture and sell three Geely models – the Boyue, Binyue and Jiaji (VF11).

    GALLERY: Geely Binyue (SX11)

     
     
 

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