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Spy Shot: Proton X90 Heading up Genting Highlands!

The last time we spotted the Geely Haoyue – or Okavango, as marketed in The Philippines – was just last month, and it appears Proton is hard at work testing the D-segment seven-seater SUV on Malaysian roads. This Geely model is suspected to be the Proton X90, and the SUV is caught on camera again, this time heading up to Genting Highlands!

Caught by Paultan.org reader Akid Basarom, this Haoyue test mule has some distinct differences compared to earlier spy shots. The position of the number plate, for one, has been moved up from the rear bumper to the tailgate; the taillights look a little different too. Chances are, Proton could be (finally) adding its own styling to Geely-based models.

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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