The Proton X90 is finally here in Malaysia! Offered in four different variants, the premium D-segment SUV is the national carmaker’s first new energy vehicle (NEV) with a mild hybrid system, which is standard across the range – yes, even the most affordable model features the same powertrain.
First, prices. The base Standard X90 is priced at RM123,800, while the Executive model goes for RM130,800. Another tier up is the Premium variant for RM144,800, while the range-topping Flagship trim carries a RM152,800 price tag.
Out of the four different variants of the X90, the Flagship trim is the only model with six seats. There are individual “captain seats” for the second row, as you can see in the interior shot above. Based on our brief time with the X90, it does feel very much like a premium SUV. It looks and feels great, and all seven seats – or six seats for the Flagship model – are comfortable, though the third row does have pretty limited leg room.
But in terms of practicality, the X90 ticks all the boxes. Not only are there dedicated USB-A charging ports for all passengers – the second row even gets a USB-C charger – they also get individual air-conditioning vents; great for those balik kampung trips.
If you need to transport large items with the X90, you’ll be happy to know that the D-segment SUV offers up to a whopping 2,050L of boot space with the seats folded down. That is a lot of space.
As mentioned, the X90 is Proton’s first new energy vehicle (NEV) with a mild hybrid system. Its 1.5L TGDi three-cylinder turbo engine is paired with a 48V electric motor synergy (EMS) system that offers a combined output of 190PS and 300Nm of torque paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to Proton, this mild hybrid system offers up to 15% improvement with a quoted fuel efficiency of 6.8L/100km.
In the safety department, the X90 features Proton’s most elaborate advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) yet, which is available on the Premium and Flagship models. The ADAS is said to offer a sophisticated level 2 autonomous driving, including three new features: rear collision warning (RCW), rear cross traffic alert (RCTA), and traffic sign information (TSI).
Yes, the X90’s ADAS can detect and display road signs in Malaysia.
To recap, the Proton X90 is priced from RM123,800 to RM152,800, undercutting its competition by quite a bit as a premium D-segment SUV. Bookings for the X90 are now open, though there’s no mention of any expected waiting time.