Seems like Proton’s new SUV – tentatively dubbed Proton X90, which is based on the Geely Haoyue – is in the manufacturing stage already. Spy shots of the upcoming model in the factory have been posted online, and it’s believed to be sporting a new colour option: Deep Marine Blue.
The images below were shared by The Ajerul. The silhouette of the SUV certainly matches the Haoyue, and it seems like Proton has indeed changed the position of the number plate. It looks to have been moved up from the rear bumper to the tailgate.
To recap, the Haoyue is 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.
It’s worth noting that in The Philippines, the Okavango (as it’s called there) is actually available with a 1.5L three-cylinder turbo engine – similar to the one manufactured at Proton’s assembly line at Tanjung Malim, Perak. It’s paired to a mild hybrid system that put out a combined figure of 190hp and 300Nm of torque, and it’s rumoured that the Malaysian market will receive this particular powertrain.
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.
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.
It’s rumoured that the Proton X90 will be launched sometime this year, though no official confirmation has come from Proton’s side yet. Nonetheless, we will keep a close eye for any local development of this premium SUV.