At the point when it downpours, it pours. That absolutely is by all accounts the case with the Proton X50, a vehicle that has figured out how to cause a whole country to remain alert even before it was authoritatively named; one which has gone from being shrouded in a cover of gossip and secret to something we know such a huge amount about considering it hasn’t been appropriately dispatched in Malaysia yet.
Unmistakably, Proton isn’t resolved to carrying on reasonably with an item that is resembling a greater distinct advantage than the emphatically got X70 as time passes. So consider the possibility that the Malaysian carmaker shows its hand prior to playing its cards. That swagger is the very motivation behind why an encouragement to test drive the Proton X50 arrived in our inbox before any notice of a dispatch date. Also, it improves: Proton is so sure about its new infant that it needs the press to put it through a lot of hardship in the Sepang International Circuit.
The new Proton X50 SUV has finally been dispatched, denoting the public carmaker’s entrance into the rewarding and fervently challenged B-portion hybrid market, with profoundly serious determinations and estimating.
The last is the snippet of data you’ve all been kicking the bucket to know, so we should not burn through any additional time. The X50 is valued at RM79,200 for the base 1.5T Standard, RM84,800 for the Executive, RM93,200 for the Premium and RM103,300 for the amusingly-named 1.5 TGDi Flagship. East Malaysia costs are RM2,000 higher no matter how you look at it – this contrasts from the X70, which is estimated the equivalent on the two sides of the nation.
These out and about costs for this privately collected Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) come without protection and incorporate the full exception of the deals and administration charge (SST), substantial until December 31. There’s additionally a five-year, limitless mileage guarantee, a five-year information bundle (1 GB share for every month) and multiple times free work for adjusting (restricted to the initial 30,000 appointments up to December 31).
1. The Appearance & Look
As referenced before, the X50 is Proton’s subsequent model to be founded on a Geely – for this situation, the Binyue (or the Coolray as it’s known in different business sectors). The vehicle is important for an authorizing understanding inked in 2018 which will likewise observe the appearance of a rebadged rendition of the Jiaji MPV.
Typically, the X50 is a lot more modest than the X70. Estimating 4,330 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,609 mm tall, it is 189 mm more limited, 31 mm smaller and 85 mm lower contrasted with its kin, while its 2,600 mm wheelbase is 70 mm more limited. Its characteristic adversary is the Honda HR-V, so it’s nothing unexpected they’re millimeters separated – it’s four millimeters more limited, 28 mm more extensive and four millimeters taller, with a wheelbase ten millimeters more limited.
Similarly as the X70 is practically indistinguishable from the Boyue on which it’s based, the X50 determines quite a bit of its plan from the Binyue. That is no awful thing, obviously – the last is probably the most recent model and sports apparently the most strong variant of the Chinese brand’s styling language yet.
Certain signals are imparted to the X70, for example, the noticeable front bumper swells, profound shoulder line wrinkles and passed out D-columns that give the vehicle a coasting rooftop look. Be that as it may, generally, the X50 has a far sportier plan, helped along by the decreased measurements and the fitment of the Sport outside bundle as standard – indeed, even on the base Standard model.
At the front, you’ll locate the standard Proton “Endless Weave” grille, here encompassed by a striking Auburn Red strip that plunges down in the center to fit the roundel identification. It’s flanked by sharp LED headlights, integrated by an enormous, etched chrome trim piece that by one way or another doesn’t look exhausted. This forceful look is stressed by the sizeable air admissions and an extending front spoiler that streams flawlessly into the dark plastic body cladding. The Standard is the simply one not to accompany LED haze lights in the corner gulfs.
Moving to the back of the vehicle, the trapezoidal LED tail lights accompany triple light aides and are joined by a full-width chrome strip conveying the Proton content. Adjusting the look is the huge diffuser and four certified fumes pipes that give the X50 an out of the blue indecent look. Luckily, in any case, the architects have given a hard pass to the gaudy back wing found in different business sectors.
Very little isolates the four variations from an external perspective. The Standard and Executive models get 17-inch compound wheels, while the Premium and Flagship pick up complicated 18-inch two-tone rollers. The reach besting variant additionally gets a dark rooftop, and purchasers will be satisfied to realize that the A-column joint lines up flawlessly with the hood, making the two-tone shading plan look less like a bit of hindsight.
2. Interior – The Jet-fighter inspired cabin and Semi-autonomous driving features
In the event that you thought the outside was present day, stand by till you see the inside. There’s a modern moderate dashboard with counterfeit sewing on the upper layer, lashings of metal-look trim, a tall community comfort “connect” with a Porsche-like traveler get handle, and even some stream contender enlivened air vents at the corners. Underneath the middle support is a huge extra room with a USB port and a 12-volt attachment.
To amp up the visual show even further, Premium and Flagship variations are kitted with a full red-and-dark shading plan, which discovers its direction on the seats as well as on the dashboard and entryway cards. The upper pieces of the scramble and front entryway boards are produced using delicate touch materials.
Regarding infotainment, all models get the most recent rendition of the Geely Key User Interface, GKUI 19, which is professed to be more responsive than the previous framework in the X70. The interface itself has additionally been reconsidered, with cleaner tiles and perpetual menu, back and home fastens (that last catch is in the center and highlights the Proton logo instead of the Geely emblem in different business sectors).
In any case, the application is marginally unique relying upon the variation. Standard and Executive models get an eight-inch unsupported touchscreen, a simple instrument group and an eSIM incorporated into the head unit itself. The last empowers essential elements of the “Hello Proton” voice control framework.
On the Premium and Flagship, the showcase is a lot more extensive at 10.25 crawls across, while the instrument group is currently a seven-inch advanced presentation that has various topics relying upon the drive mode chose. The eSIM on these models is likewise coordinated into the telematics box, permitting drivers to control extra capacities, for example, the windows and cooling, much the same as in the X70.
This eSIM likewise interfaces with the Proton Link cell phone application, allowing clients to check the vehicle’s status and control certain capacities distantly, including beginning the vehicle and utilizing the cooling to cool the lodge.
On the two forms of the GKUI 19 framework, you gain admittance to climate data, Joox music streaming and online route (the supplier of which has been changed from Baidu Maps to Alibaba’s AutoNavi, utilizing information from Here Maps). There’s additionally a QDLink cell phone screen reflecting capacity that deals with Android and iOS gadgets, in spite of the fact that you can’t really control your telephone utilizing the vehicle’s touchscreen. You actually don’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto usefulness, sadly.
Beside the typical Proton contacts like the guiding wheel badging and the “Boundless Weave” network on the speaker grilles, the X50 additionally has several remarkable highlights for the Malaysian market. In contrast to the Binyue, the vehicle accompanies back air vents – and the best part is that it’s fitted as standard across the reach. Over the vents are two USB charging ports rather than only one on the Geely.
Open the rear end, and you’ll discover 330 liters of baggage space, which is far off the HR-V (it’s in reality in excess of 100 liters more modest) and not as much as what you’d find in the Toyota C-HR (388 liters), Mazda CX-3 (350 liters), Subaru XV (345 liters) and even the Hyundai Kona (335 liters).
You likewise don’t get a controlled rear end anyplace in the setup – clearly, Proton needs this to be a X70-selective element. As is decent in the portion, you can overlap the 60:40-split back seats for more freight room, while a space-saver save tire sits underneath the boot floor.
Standard gear incorporates keyless passage with far off motor turn over, press button start, manual texture seats, manual cooling, a N95 lodge channel, back stopping sensors, a converse camera and four speakers. The Executive knocks up the element list with programmed headlights, a cowhide wrapped guiding wheel, front stopping sensors and fake calfskin upholstery.
Step up to the Premium, and you get rooftop rails, a welcome light capacity, programmed atmosphere control, a six-way power-customizable driver’s seat, programmed here and there for all windows, a 360-degree camera framework and six speakers, in addition to all the innovation and tasteful twists recorded before. The Flagship is practically indistinguishable in spec yet adds programmed wipers, an auto-darkening back view reflect and an all encompassing glass sunroof.
In our car review, the X50 accompanies four airbags, ABS with EBD and brake help, solidness control, slope start help, slope plummet control and back Isofix kid seat secures. Climbing to the Executive model nets you window ornament airbags to make it six altogether, while the Premium adds a tire pressure checking framework.
The Flagship is the simply one to accompany the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which has been essentially updated over the one in the X70. The critical feature here is Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), which joins versatile journey control with unpredictable and path centring help to give Level 2 semi-independent driving abilities. This permits the vehicle to quicken, brake and steer all alone.
We should bring up that ICC will just help with driving the vehicle, so at no time should you do something besides zeroing in out and about ahead. The framework isn’t idiot proof – the onus will even now be on you to keep up full control of the vehicle, and in the event that you get into a mishap when utilizing ICC, you will at present have to assume full liability. At the end of the day, don’t blame this so as to utilize your telephone while driving.
Different highlights incorporate self-ruling crisis slowing down (presently with person on foot discovery), path keeping help, vulnerable side checking, programmed high pillar and stopping help for entering equal and opposite spaces and for leaving equal spots. These highlights have empowered the X50 to make sure about an entire five-star ASEAN NCAP security rating, with a complete score of 84.26%.
1.5 liter turbocharged three-chamber motor, seven-speed wet double grasp transmission. Force comes from a 1.5 liter turbocharged three-chamber motor created by Geely and Volvo. Two adaptations are accessible, with the Standard, Executive and Premium getting a port-infused plant making 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 226 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. The X50 is the primary vehicle in the Geely gathering to get this form, which conveys a consolidated fuel utilization figure of 6.5 liters per 100 km.
The more remarkable direct-infused motor is select to the Flagship and produces 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm of force from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. It gets from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and is fit for tasting 6.4 liters of petroleum per 100 km.
All models are front-wheel drive and accompany a similar seven-speed wet double grip transmission as the X70, likewise planned by Geely and Volvo. One distinction from its stablemate is that there are no oar shifters offered, not even on the Flagship.
Obviously, there are still a few things we can’t determine now, with the greatest question mark being the costs of each of the four variations o that should be going on special actually soon (request books are now open, incidentally). A more elaborate test drive on open streets is needed before we can say anything decisive about key abstract focuses, for example, execution, refinement, solace and proficiency – there’s just so much you can advise on landing area cleared flawlessly to have the quickest and most valuable vehicles to actually arrive on Malaysian soil.
Obviously, this won’t be the last time we expound on the Proton X50. We’ll bring you more information once the opportunity arrives.