Arguably the most anticipated car of 2020 for all Malaysians, the Proton X50, has finally graced us with its presence after many many maaaanyyy months of teasing. A soft-launch was conducted for members of the media on the 15th of September at Protons plant in Tanjung Malim where we were gobsmacked at just how gorgeous it looks.
The X50 is a B-Segment SUV that goes up against the likes of the Honda HRV, Toyota CH-R and Mazda CX-3. All of which are priced between RM100,000 to a whopping RM144k for the Toyota. There are plenty of RUMOURS going around that the price of the X50 will range from RM70k to RM100k. This means the X50 will do to the baby SUV market what the X70 did to the SUV market. Owned it.
Specifications. 4 variants will be available. All of which will have a 1.3L 3 cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a silky smooth 7 speed DCT gearbox powering only the front wheels. No 4WD variants for this one. Standard, Premium and Executive will received a multi-port injected (MPI) version of the engine with 150Ps and 226Nm of torque. The Flagship however will receive direct injection (TGDI), taking the power up to a grand 177Ps and 255Nm of torque. Blasting any of its rival not just by an inch but by a mile…km for us.
Trim levels will vary accordingly from Standard up to Flagship. Standard being the most bare, Flagship being, well, the flagship. I shan’t bore you with the differences but you know how it works la. The colours available are absolutely fantastic in the metal. Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey, Ocean Blue, Citric Orange and Passion Red. Premium and Flagship will be offered with all of these colours while Executive missed out on Passion Red and Standard only gets the subtle colours.
Seeing the Jet Grey and Passion Red in the metal really changed my opinion on the colour choices. I thought its outlandish but it works! The design of the X50 can pull it off. It is somewhat sporty yet also not mad. Perfect for a practical sound minded person with some fire in his/her heart. The red brake calipers help ignite it even further.
Inside, the Premium and Flagship get only the best of interiors. a 10″ infotainment system with GKUI 19 that’s super smooth and nice to use. No laggy response here. Very classy. The instrument cluster is fully digital of course and changes according to the different driving modes. The car starts in Standard then you can choose between Sport and Eco which most probably tweaks the throttle response and gear shifts.
Out back, the X50 comes with a functional quad exhaust system that is stunning to look at. Who would have thought that a baby SUV could pull off quad tail pipes?! So this is what we know so far. Let’s wait to get a proper drive and judge it for what it is. Until then, you can start booking them already at any Proton dealer for just RM500.