At the launch of the 2022 Proton Saga MC2 facelift, Proton revealed that it will be launching not one, but at least three new models in the next two years. While the national carmaker did not specify any of the new models that will be launched here by 2024, we have a good idea for one of it: the Proton X90.
At least, that’s the tentative name for the Geely Haoyue – or Okavango, as marketed in The Philippines – for the Malaysian market. After all, the D-segment premium SUV has been spotted on Malaysian roads many times now with some changes here and there.
So what is the Haoyue? As mentioned, it’s a large D-segment SUV that can be configured with five or seven seats; it measures 4,835mm long, 1,900mm wide, and 1,785 tall. Compared to the Proton X70, the Haoyue is 316mm longer, 69mm wider, and 91mm taller.
Powering the Haoyue, on the other hand, is a 1.8L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that outputs 181PS and 300Nm of torque. This engine is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with drive sent either to the front wheels or all four of them for the AWD model.
However, it’s worth noting that in The Philippines, the Okavango is actually available with a 1.5L three-cylinder turbo engine and a mild hybrid system that put out a combined figure of 190hp and 300Nm of torque. This setup is also paired with a 7DCT, though there is no AWD variant.
Of course, given its positioning as a premium SUV, the Haoyue is equipped with Geely’s level 2 autonomous driving system too. It is made up of 24 different sensors to allow for as many as 17 “intelligent drive features.” According to Geely, this lets the SUV automatically follow, stop, as well as turn at speeds of up to 150km/h.
Oh, just like the Proton X50, the Haoyue is also capable of parking itself. It features a 360-degree camera as well, and given the large size of the SUV, we imagine this will come in handy for most drivers.
Even though the Geely Haoyue is already being tested on Malaysian roads, it’s still too early to tell if it will eventually materialise to be the “Proton X90,” even if some rumours are suggesting a 2022 release. Nonetheless, we will keep a close eye for any further development of this premium SUV!
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