Proton confirmed last week that the Proton X50 got a five-star rating in the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia (ASEAN NCAP), but we didn’t get any specific details of the test then. Well, ASEAN NCAP has just released the full report of the X50’s crash test, and we have some interesting details to glean through.
First, let’s talk about the crash test itself. For the most part, the X50 aced all aspects of the test; we’re especially impressed by the rigidity of the A-pillars in the frontal crash test. On top of that, it’s worth noting that ASEAN NCAP tested the Standard variant of the B-segment SUV.
That’s right, even the base model of the X50 – with only four airbags – managed to get a five-star rating. Also tested by ASEAN NCAP is the blindspot monitoring system of the B-segment SUV. As expected, it functioned to the requirements of the independent body on both the left and right sides of the SUV.
Beyond the X50’s crash test and other parameters tested by ASEAN NCAP, this assessment also gives us the best look yet at the Standard variant of the SUV. After all, Proton has only shown off the Flagship model of the X50, so it’s great to finally see how the base model looks like.
Despite not sporting the blacked-out roof, red brake callipers, and large 18-inch alloy wheels of the Flagship configuration, the Standard X50 is still quite the looker. It doesn’t look cheap at all, it still comes with a spoiler, and the design of the 17-inch alloys is pretty darn eye-catching as well.
If you watched the video above, you can actually see the X50 in Citric Orange at around the one minute mark. The lighting isn’t great – it even looks like a shade of red – but it’s unmistakably the orange model, given that the Passion Red colourway is exclusive to the Premium and Flagship models.
Want to see how the Citric Orange paint job looks like on the Flagship X50 outdoors? We’ve got an exclusive on that.
Without a doubt the Proton X50 did very well in ASEAN NCAP’s assessment; if you want to read the full report for yourself, you can do so right here. The official launch of the highly anticipated B-segment SUV is expected to happen sometime this month, so until then, check out our other coverage of the X50.