Which 3 brand-new Proton cars will launch in the next 2 years?

Which 3 brand-new Proton cars will launch in the next 2 years?

KUALA LUMPUR: Yesterday, Proton introduced us to the all-new Saga upgraded with cosmetic improvements and new tech features. During the launch event, the company’s CEO Dr. Li Chunrong made an announcement on Proton's upcoming cars - “3 brand-new models over the next 2 years.” With no more info about these models, we are left to play the guessing game. So, here we put across our guesses -

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the upcoming Proton cars?

    In the next two years, Proton aims to launch three brand-new cars. These may include the X90 seven–seater SUV, Smart #1 EV or an all-new hybrid or fully-electric model.
  • What is the range of smart #1 EV?

    The smart #1 EV comes packed with a rear-drive electric motor and a 66 kWh lithium battery pack offering a range between 535 km and 560 km.
  • Proton X90: Our first speculation is the Proton X90 which is backed by strong reports in the industry that the automaker is planning to bring a new seven-seater SUV (to be called X90). It is also speculated that this large SUV will be a rebadged model of the Geely Haoyue as it has been sighted on the local roads on several occasions.

    Geely Haoyue

    The Haoyue is Geely’s largest SUV powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which generates a maximum power of 181 PS and a peak torque of 300 Nm. The power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    A rebadged Geely Bo Rui GE: To challenge Toyota and Honda in the hybrid space, Proton may also borrow a Geely hybrid model. It could be the Geely Bo Rui GE that runs on a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine mated to a plug-in hybrid or a mild hybrid system for better fuel economy.

    Geely Bo Rui GE

    Proton EV: As per the sources, Geely has also been working to get a fully electric vehicle ready for Malaysian launch. For the same, the company’s partner in Proton, DRB-Hicom is establishing an EV hub in Tanjung Malim, thus the arrival of a fully electric model might be sooner than expected.

    smart #1

    Smart #1: Remember, Proton has also announced its tie up with the premium Chinese EV brand named smart (a JV owned by Mercedes-Benz and Geely) for selling its electric cars in Malaysia. The first model to come out of this partnership is the smart #1. It is an electric crossover already on offer in the home market in two versions - Pro+ and Premium. The EV comes packed with a rear-drive electric motor and a 66 kWh lithium battery pack offering a range between 535 km and 560 km.

    So, that’s all from our side, do you have any other guesses? Let us know in the comments.

    Also read: 2022 Proton Saga: Variants explained

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