Malaysian carmaker Proton, now owned by Chinese auto giant Geely, is soon to launch its first SUV, the Proton X70 based on the Geely Boyue SUV. The Proton X70 has been officially revealed to media already, and is expected to be launched towards the end of this year.
At the time of takeover, Geely shown its commitment to bring the Malaysian carmaker back on success track by revamping its lineup based on Geely’s sophisticated and technologically advanced vehicles.
According to Geely, it will bring forth one new (Proton) model every year. Geely has already issued intellectual property license of three of its models to Proton, while it will also help the latter to revamp its current range of vehicles.
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As per the license, the Geely Boyue SUV will form the basis of Proton X70, another crossover called as the Geely SX11 Binyue will become Proton’s rival to Honda HR-V & Suzuki Vitara. Whereas the Geely VF11 Jiaji MPV will become the next generation Proton Exora MPV.
According to Malaysian media, the Proton Preve sedan will also utilize Geely platform for its next generation model. Reportedly the Geely Binrui sedan will provide its DNA to the Preve sedan, that is claimed as Proton’s first global car.
Digital artist Ajerul Antoine has generated these images based on the Geely Binrui, imagining what the next generation Preve sedan might look like. The artist pulled Proton’s design elements and impeccably blends it with the Binrui sedan.
The BinRui sedan is based on Geely’s new BMA (B-segment Modular Architecture) platform and measures 4680/1785/1460mm with a wheelbase of 2670mm. Being a subcompact sedan its bigger than most cars of its class.
The Binrui comes with two engine options. The first is a 1.0 liter turbocharged direct-injection engine that can generates a maximum power of 136hp and 205 Nm of peak torque, paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The second is a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine that can output 133hp and 215 Nm, mated with a Punch-sourced 8-speed CVT-type automatic transmission. Click here to read more about the Geely Binrui sedan.
Al-Haj group of Pakistan has signed an agreement with Proton as the exclusive authorized distributor and assemblers of Proton vehicles in Pakistan. The company will introduce modern vehicles in our market including sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs and MPVs. Proton’s agreement with Al-Haj might open doors to next generation Geely-based Proton vehicles in Pakistan.