Proton finally confirmed the name of its upcoming D-segment SUV. Not surprisingly, it’s called the Proton X90, and it is touted as a premium, modern family SUV that is available with either seven or six seats, depending on the variant.
There are a total of four different variants of the X90: Standard, Executive, Premium, and the range-topping Flagship. The former three are seven-seaters, while 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 below.
We managed to spend a brief time with the X90 in person, though unfortunately, members of the media were not allowed to take any photograph. Nonetheless, we can talk about our experience with the SUV, and 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 previously revealed, 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% improved fuel efficiency.
In the safety department, the X90 features Proton’s most elaborate advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) yet. It’s 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.
No launch or booking date has been set yet for the Proton X90, though public previews of the SUV will be held at six cities in Malaysia from 8 April onwards. Interested customers will be able to look and feel the new SUV before its official launch, and (hopefully) place a booking at the same time.
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