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Proton X50: An upcoming budget SUV

Proton X50: An upcoming budget SUV

The crossover SUV segment of the Pakistani auto market is growing rapidly. Many companies are looking to get their piece of cake by introducing new cars in this segment. Proton already has an SUV named X70 in this category starting at the price of 4,590,000. There are speculations about the company looking to launch its cheaper B-segment crossover SUV X50 in the Pakistani market.

X50 Exterior 

When we look at the Malaysian variant of X50, it looks like a sister SUV of X70 with the almost same design but has a smaller size. Its body is much sharper overall giving it a sporty look. The infinite weave pattern grille is used in this car, which has become a signature of Proton. A tilted rear window along with the spoiler gives it a pretty sleek look.

X50 Interior 

Lower variants of this car have dual-tone, whereas the upper variants come with a three-color interior. Contrasting colors give a stylish look. Multifunction steering and the floating display look aesthetically appealing. The position of the gearbox gives it an elegant look. The armrest is available.

Some highlighting features

Proton X50 is not launched in the local market. This means the features listed here are from its Malaysian version.

Six SRS AirbagsAuto Park Assist
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)360 Camera
Intelligent Cruise ControlVoice Command
Adaptive Cruise ControlRemote Control (Proton Link App)
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)Floating Touch Screen Display
Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC)Rain Sensing Front Wipers
N95 Cabin FilterMultifunction Steering Wheel

Features of this crossover SUV are many more than listed above. These were some of the most prominent ones from its Malaysian variant to help you have a quick understanding of what it is offering.

Important specifications of Proton SUV X50

Here are some of its important specifications.

Length: 4330mmHeight: 1609mm
Width: 1800mmWheelbase: 2600mm
Kerb Weight: 1325 Kg (Standard) and 1345 Kg (Executive)Kerb Weight: 1350mm (Premium) and 1370mm (Flagship)
Electronic SteeringMinimum Turning Radius: 5.4 M
Brakes: Ventilated Disc (Front) / Solid Disk (Rear)Tires and wheels: 215/60 R17 Alloy (Standard and Executive) / 215/55 R18 Alloy (Premium and Flagship)

Infotainment

Touchscreen: 8” (Standard and Executive)Touchscreen: 10.25” (Premium and Flagship)
Online NavigationBluetooth Connectivity
Smartphone connectivity Online Music Streaming
Remote control: Premium and Flagship4G and Wi-Fi

Safety

  

ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)BA (Brake Assist)
EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)Auto Brake Hold
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)Hill Hold Assist
TCS (Traction Control System)Hill Descent Control
Tire Pressure Monitoring (Premium and Flagship)Intelligent Cruise Control (Flagship)

Proton X50 price and variants

Proton has launched 4 variants of X50 in Malaysia. We have no confirmation about which variant(s) will be launched in Pakistan. The same is the case with the Proton X50 price in Pakistan as no official announcement has been made yet.

Here are the variants and their prices in Malaysia to give you an idea of what to expect.

1.5T Standard

Price: 79,200 Malaysian Ringgit (about PKR 3,316,142)

Colors: 3

Engine: 1477cc

Horsepower: 150PS

1.5T Executive

Price: 84,800 Malaysian Ringgit (about PKR 3,551,381)

Colors: 5

Engine: 1477cc

Horsepower: 150PS

1.5T Premium

Price: 93,200 Malaysian Ringgit (about PKR 3,903,169)

Colors: 6

Engine: 1477cc

Horsepower: 150PS

1.5 TGDI Flagship

Price: 103,300 Malaysian Ringgit (about PKR 4,326,151)

Colors: 6

Engine: 1477cc

Horsepower: 177PS

All of the above-mentioned prices are just for reference only. The actual price might differ at the time of car launch.

How does it perform?

Engine performance is among the major focusing areas for many local consumers. Standard, Executive, and premium variants perform almost the same as their 1477 cc engine produces 150PS horsepower. The only difference is in X50’s Flagship variant that produces 177PS horsepower with a 1477cc engine. It can be due to the Direct Injection (DI) Fuel System as compared to the Multi-Point Injection (MPI) Fuel System of the other three variants. It has a 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission System with Manual Mode.

Proton X50 launch date in Pakistan

You will find many people claiming that it is going to be launched soon. But that might not be the case as Proton is focusing on fulfilling its demand in Malaysia first. We can only hope that the company may launch in 2022 or 2023.

Proton X50 fuel consumption

The fuel economy of Proton Malaysia x50 is about 15 Km/L. It is a pretty exceptional figure for many local consumers considering the body and type of this car.

Competitors in the local market

If this car is launched between the price of 3.4 Million to 4.4 Million, it is going to compete with many SUVs and other cars as well in the local market. Existing Crossover SUVs like KIA Stonic, Haval Jolion, Toyota Rush, Glory 580, and many more can get tough competition after its launch. Upcoming SUVs like Glory 500, Chery Tiggo 4, DFSK series 3 and others will also be in its competition.

Will it be successful in Pakistan?

There is a lot of room for budget SUVs in the Pakistani auto market. If this car is launched at a price range close to its Malaysian variants, it can become successful. It is because Pakistani consumers don’t have many options to get a new SUV at the price range of 3.4 million to 4.4 million.

Will you buy it if it is launched at the expected price? Share your opinion in the comment section below.

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