Proton X90 Archive

  • Proton X90 spotted in Malaysia again, now with larger 19-inch wheels from 2022 Geely Haoyue/Okavango

    While Proton has reportedly delayed new product launches to next year, work continues on its next model – a seven-seater SUV widely tipped to be called the X90. The car, based on the Geely Haoyue (or the Okavango as it’s known in international markets), has been spotted yet again by reader Bullah Mansor.

    Not much new catches the eye initially – it’s still a left-hand-drive unit, the donor car’s shape remains recognisable and you can even spot the Geely badge and concentric Expanding Cosmos grille still on the car. However, the alloy wheels look a little bigger than the 18-inch rollers we’ve seen previously.

    Looking closely, the five spokes are also slotted, which they weren’t before. A quick perusal of Geely’s website reveals that the Haoyue was recently updated (as early as November, in fact, as Sina reported) with wheels that are an inch larger than before – 18 inches on base variants, 19 inches on higher-end models. The wheels you see here match the design of the new 19s.

    The revised Haoyue also receives a new grille with vertical bars that isn’t shown here, although that’s to be expected, as the Proton should get its own Infinite Weave unit anyway. More pertinent is the slimmer rear chrome bar linking the taillights, the repositioned “Geely” badging on the tailgate and a new rear bumper design with fake twin tailpipes. Proton has previously mounted the trade plate higher up on the tailgate, suggesting a redesign that moves the number plate recess from the bumper, but that might be a red herring.

    As for the inside, the 2022 Haoyue gets a revised T-shaped gear selector and a new black-and-brown colour scheme, along with increased use of soft-touch materials. Under the bonnet lies the same 184 PS/300 Nm 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the X70, mated to either that car’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or, oddly enough, a six-speed automatic on the lower variants.

    It’s possible that the X90 will get a different engine – Proton recently showcased a 1.5 litre TGDi three-cylinder mill with a 48-volt belt-integrated starter generator (BSG), the same one used in the Okavango in the Philippines. It produces 190 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, sent to the front wheels through the seven-speed DCT. The company has plans to introduce mild hybrids in the immediate future as part of its electrification strategy, as a stepping stone towards full electric vehicles.

    It might be a while yet before we see the finished Proton X90 – the company is reportedly prioritising the fulfilment of a backlog of orders and resolving supply chain issues for now. While the car may be pushed back to 2023, the expected launch of the updated 2022 Saga should tide us over before then.

    GALLERY: 2022 Geely Haoyue

  • SPYSHOTS: Proton X90 seen again, in Kuala Lumpur

    Just a week after what appeared to be the Proton version of the Geely Haoyue – known as the Okavango in other markets – was sighted heading towards Genting Highlands, what’s likely to be Proton’s largest SUV yet has been sighted once again, this time in the Segambut area approaching the Jalan Duta toll plaza by reader Ackhmed A.

    This would appear to be the same unit as the one that was sighted heading towards the popular hilltop tourist destination, sporting an identical trade plate registration, as well as being clothed in a similar amount of camouflage.

    In the Philippines, the Okavango packs a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with assistance from a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, rated at 190 PS and 300 Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

    Meanwhile in China, the Haoyue gets a 1.8 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder rated for 181 hp and 300 Nm, also sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

    Where the Haoyue is offered in five- and seven-seater layouts for China, the configuration for what is widely expected to be called the X90 in Malaysia has yet to be known, though having three rows of accommodation would add a key point of differentiation from the next SUV size down, the X70.

    So far there’s little indication of an official arrival date for the largest Proton SUV yet, though as we’ve mentioned at its previous sighting, the increased frequency of its appearance on public roads could suggest a ramping up of field testing just ahead of of a premiere.

  • SPIED: Proton X90 seen heading up Genting Highlands

    The Geely Haoyue, otherwise known as the Okavango in international markets, has been sighted again carrying out road trials in Malaysia. Last seen in November last year, the SUV was spotted earlier this week in the midst of hill trials, heading up Genting Highlands, by reader Akid Basarom, who managed to get these shots.

    Although the trade plates on the camouflaged example aren’t the same as that in the previous spyshot, they are from the automaker, a digit off from the ones worn on a Saga mule two years back. In any case, the by-now familiar silhouette identifies the vehicle quite easily.

    In China, the Haoyue is offered in five- or seven-seat configurations, and motive power is provided by a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with 181 hp and 300 Nm being sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DCT, similar to that seen on the X70.

    In the Philippines, the SUV gets a 1.5 litre turbo three-cylinder and 48-volt mild hybrid setup, and this offers 190 PS and 300 Nm of torque, again delivered to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’ll be interesting to see if the brand adopts a similar mild hybrid route for our market.

    No word on when the Proton version – which given the naming convention adopted by the automaker could well be known as the X90 – is slated to arrive, but given the increased rate of field testing at this point, it shouldn’t be too long.

  • Proton 1.5L TGDi with BSG previewed – new 48V mild hybrid engine to be used in bigger X90 7-seat SUV?

    At Proton’s new Gallery of Inspiration display launched today, the national carmaker is previewing a new mild hybrid engine that could make its way into future models. This is one of three engines that are being exhibited in the Experiential Zone, with the others being familiar powerplants, namely the X70’s 1.8 litre TGDi and the X50’s 1.5 TGDi mated to a 7DCT.

    Based on the information shown on the iPad, the mild hybrid engine is described as a 1.5 litre TGDi unit with a belt-driven starter generator (BSG), with the latter likely operating on a 48-volt architecture alongside a lithium-ion battery. Such a powertain isn’t exactly new, as it is used by the Geely Azkarra (we know it as the X70) and Okavango (based on the Haoyue) in the Philippines, while the Icon in China also gets this setup.

    In those models, the mild hybrid engine produces 190 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,500-4,000 rpm, with drive sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The outputs shown on the iPad in the Centre of Excellence (COE) are curiously identical to the top-spec X50 Flagship, so we’re going to take them with a pinch of salt for now.

    Proton has said in March that it is already preparing itself for electrification, which was later followed by confirmation earlier this month that it has a roadmap to introduce hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

    At the time, the company didn’t mention specific incoming electrified products, but the mild hybrid engine being previewed could debut with its next new model that looks to be a seven-seat SUV, if we refer to recent spyshots of a camouflaged test mule.

    The model, widely referred to the X90, appears to be based on the Haoyue, and as mentioned earlier, the Philippine version of the SUV (Okavango) does come with a mild hybrid engine. However, it should be noted that in China, the Haoyue is only offered with the X70’s 1.8 litre TGDi engine rated at 184 PS and 300 Nm.

    The X70 could also be a recipient of the mild hybrid engine, seeing how it’s offered as an option for the Azkarra. We’ll have to wait to find out what Proton has in store, but in any case, are you excited at the prospect of a Proton model with a mild hybrid powertrain?

  • Proton X90 seen in Malaysia – large 7-seater SUV based on Geely Haoyue on test, unique local styling?

    The Geely Haoyue – or Okavango, as it’s known in international markets – has been widely tipped to be the basis of Proton’s next new model, and now we’ve got further proof. We spotted the seven-seater SUV on the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) headed towards Subang, wearing Proton trade plates (they were previously seen on a Geely Binyue, which became the X50).

    Although the test mule is covered in copious amounts of camouflage, the basic silhouette, door-mounted wing mirrors, “floating” roof rails and trademark rising shoulder line are recognisably the Haoyue’s. One thing of note is that the taillights appear to be slightly different from the Geely, while the number plate has been moved up from the rear bumper to the tailgate.

    This suggests that Proton is finally making significant design changes to its Geely-based models, although this may be a red herring and could simply be part of the disguise. This is not the first time the Haoyue has been spotted in Malaysia – a reader also sent us a spyshot of the car earlier this year. Given Proton’s naming convention, could the new model be called the X90? It seems very likely.

    The Haoyue is the largest SUV in Geely’s lineup and is available in five- and seven-seat variants – the latter with individually-adjustable seats. The utilitarian torsion beam rear suspension even allows enough space with the pews folded flat for an inflatable double bed, available as an option in China.

    Power comes from the same 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine you’ll find in the X70, here making 181 PS and 300 Nm of torque. It’s all sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, again lifted from the X70.

    As for the Philippines, the Okavango was launched there last year with the same 1.5 litre turbo three-cylinder and 48-volt mild hybrid setup as the Azkarra (Boyue Pro), churning out 190 PS. Prices range from 1,208,000 pesos (RM102,000) to 1,328,000 pesos (RM112,100).

    So, what do you think – is the new Proton X90 worthy of your consideration, given what the Geely Haoyue offers? Sound off in the comments after the jump.

    GALLERY: Geely Haoyue/Okavango

  • SPIED: Geely Haoyue VX11 spotted in Malaysia – 7-seat SUV hints at Proton’s future ‘X90’ flagship model?

    What do we have here? According to reader Hazim Qa, who froze the shot above from his dashcam video, it’s the Geely Haoyue. It may not be very obvious, but there are signs that the taped-up SUV captured is the VX11, named the Haoyue in China and Okavango in the Philippines.

    Launched in its home market in June 2020, the Geely Haoyue is the brand’s largest SUV. Sitting above the Boyue (Proton X70), it measures 4,835 mm long (316 mm longer than the X70), 1,900 mm wide (+69 mm) and 1,785 mm tall (+91 mm), with a 2,815 mm wheelbase (+145 mm).

    Available as a five- or seven-seater, the second and third row seats can be folded flat to offer up to 2,370 litres of space. Geely says the seats can also fold to form a double-bed. All three rows of seats are adjustable, and the last row has eight-way adjustable backrests. Comfort is always a priority in China, and even a seven-seat SUV has expectations to meet.

    There, the Haoyue is powered by a 1.8L turbo-four with 181 PS and 300 Nm. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends drive to either the front axle or all four wheels for AWD variants. However the Okavango, launched in the Philippines in November last year, gets a 1.5L turbo-triple with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The 190 hp/300 Nm engine is mated to a seven-speed DCT, and there’s no AWD option.

    As Geely’s flagship SUV, the VX11 comes with the latest Level 2 autonomous driving system, comprising 24 sensors to facilitate up to 17 intelligent drive features. The army of sensors oversee functions such as adaptive cruise control with stop-go function, as well as lane centring function with cornering assist (like Volvo’s Pilot Assist) at up to 150 km/h. Parking assist with 360-degree views should be helpful for a big car.

    So, why is the VX11 in Malaysia? Could it be Proton preparing its flagship SUV to sit above the X50 and X70? If so, we could be the first right-hand-drive market for the model, which might be called “Proton X90”, to follow the existing naming convention. Of course, there have been no word or hint from Proton so far regarding a new SUV, and this could well turn out to be “just a test” – we’ll see.

    What do you think of the Geely Haoyue?

    GALLERY: Geely Haoyue

  • Proton X90 7-seat SUV based on Geely Haoyue VX11 – would you choose this over the Geely Jiaji VF11 MPV?

    In case you haven’t heard, Geely’s latest product is a massive three-row SUV called the Haoyue, and it rivals the Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-8, and even the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

    Besides being sold in China, the Haoyue will be sold in markets such as Europe, but the rumour mill suggests that Geely’s flagship SUV (also its largest) will be sold in ASEAN countries as well. Such prospects invite great curiosity and anticipation, so Theophilus Chin quickly got to work and gave us an impression of what the SUV will look like as a Proton.

    The renderings are pretty convincing, featuring Proton’s infinite weave grille, as well as the latest roundel on the grille and wheel caps. At the back, the tailgate gets the Proton script positioned below the chrome trim – on the Haoyue, the Geely script is pressed into the chrome piece itself.

    Aside from the new red paint, everything else remains as per the actual SUV. For features, it gets LED headlights with L-shaped LED DRLs (matrix LEDs with swivelling function are optional), LED fog lamps, 18-inch alloys, LED tail lights, roof rails, and a huge panoramic glass roof.

    Moving inside, the spacious SUV follows Honda’s “man maximum, machine minimum” philosophy, offering up to 2,370 litres of cargo space (seats folded down) for customers who opt for the five-seater version. The seven-seater model is pretty cavernous as well, with 2,050 litres of space when the second and third row seats are stowed. There’s also a tablet-sized touchscreen head unit, four-zone climate control, and second row air vents.

    Now, the Haoyue isn’t Geely’s only seven-seater offering. Last year, it introduced the Jiaji MPV, which quickly became labelled as the next Proton MPV. It measures 4,706 mm long, 1,909 mm wide and 1,690 mm tall, making it over 100 mm longer and wider than the Proton Exora, while being just as tall.

    Both the Haoyue and Jiaji share the same turbocharged engines. Base models are powered by a 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol, delivering 174 hp and 255 Nm of torque, while the larger 1.8 litre four-potter churns 181 hp and 300 Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be offered for most variants, although the Jiaji is available with a six-speed manual.

    It’s also worth noting that the range-topping Jiaji variant is a plug-in hybrid, with power coming from an electrified 1.5 litre engine. Total system output is rated at 255 hp and 385 Nm, consuming just 1.6 litres of fuel per 100 km, has a 56 km all-electric range, and can be charged in 90 minutes through a DC fast charger.

    In China, the Jiaji is priced from 99,800 yuan (RM61k) and goes up to 148,800 yuan (RM91k). By comparison, the Boyue (X70 here) carries a lower entry point of 88,800 yuan (RM55k), but the price gap is wider – the top Boyue model costs 159,800 yuan (RM98k).

    Pricing for the Geely Haoyue has yet to be released, but China media reports that the SUV will cost no more than 150,000 yuan (RM92k). That puts it right within the Jiaji’s territory, although the Haoyue is expected to carry a slightly higher base price. Between the two seven-seater models, which would you pick? Let us know.


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Last Updated 30 Jun 2022