Kicking off pre-orders in September and even without official pricing, the carmaker reported booking numbers in excess of 20,000. I hope they can cope with demand. This little technological marvel and powerhouse will fly off the shelves.
Now with official pricing announced, PROTON can expect demand to rise further. Just look at the pricing.
Pricing and packages
I had speculated the pricing to be range between MYR70,000-MYR90,000 and topping MYR100,000 for the flagship. In a media questionnaire about the expected price, I had actually filled in these numbers: MYR78,888, MYR89,888, MYR98,888, MYR110,888. Looks like I was pretty spot on.
The Proton X50 will come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five-year data package of 1GB per month, free five times labour service and interest rates start from 2.22 per cent per annum.
Additionally, PROTON also offers an insurance programme with all-driver coverage and personal accident coverage of up to MYR15,000. It also has an agreed value coverage of up to 12 years.
To recap, the range-topping 1.5 TGDi Flagship (yes the flagship is called a Flagship), powered by the 1.5-litre three cylinder direct injection turbo (TGDi) gasoline engine that pushes 174bhp (177PS) @ 5,500rpm and 255Nm of torque @ 1,500-4,000rpm.
The other models in the line-up use a three-cylinder port-injection gasoline engine that outputs 148bhp (150PS) and 226Nm of torque.
Both engine options are mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, similar to the Proton X70.
The 1.5L TGDi model is claimed to return 6.4L/100km fuel consumption while the 1.5L T models deliver 6.5L/100km.
Based on the Geely Binyue, the Proton X50 adopts the handsome lines of its Chinese sibling. PROTON, however, has enhanced the styling of its SUV, reflecting the new corporate logo and Malaysian identity including the infinite weave grille and hunting-bow inspired grille.
Like the X70, it features a panoramic sunroof (on the range-topping premium model) and will be offered in a similar colour palette including Jet Grey, White, Silver, Blue, Red, and Orange.
The high-tech SUV runs the latest GKUI 19, which is substantially more responsive plus with reworked UI and feature enhancements.
In terms of safety features, the X50 packs the famed 360-degree camera system, latest Advanced Driver Assistant (ADAS) 2.0, six SRS airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, stability control, and more. ADAS encapsulates Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). I would expect nothing less than a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, as with most of PROTON’s current fleet of vehicles. Note that these features are variant-dependent.
The Proton X50 is officially a 5-star ASEAN NCAP graduate.
For everything about the Proton X50, read this announcement post.
So, what do you think of the Proton X50 and its pricing?
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