That Proton will be previewing the X50 to members of the media next week isn’t a secret but until now, nobody’s ever seen the actual Proton take on its first compact SUV. Well the carmaker finally revealed three official photos of the X50 that gives us a look inside as well.
Seeing that the X50 will be targeted at much younger demographic, Proton gave it some subtle splashes of colour such as the red lining underpinning the Infinite Weave grille and on the brake calipers. The photo of the grey car also gives us a glimpse at a panoramic sunroof that we’re guessing will be reserved for the premium trim; much like the X70.
Inside, it’s pretty much an inverted cabin of the Geely Binyue (that it’s based on) to bring the steering to the right side. Said steering also carries the new Proton logo. There’s a distinctive two-tone colour scheme comprising dark grey and merlot red.
From what we can see in the photo, there’s a touchscreen for the GKUI infotainment system but unlike the X70, this unit isn’t integrated into the dash but rather appears tacked on like you’ll find in a Mercedes-Benz.
Apart from that, buyers will be happy to see automatic air-conditioning, rear air-conditioning vents, rear dual USB charging ports, an electronic parking brake and a digital instrument cluster.
Still no word on the powertrain but an educated guess would bring us to the 1.5-litre turbo inline-three with direct-injection that’ll be mated to the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission found in the X70 as well. Power figures from this combo in the Binyue measure in at 177hp and 255Nm of torque
All that seems mighty impressive but its safety suite is what really makes the X50 stand out. Expect the usual array of six airbags and stability control as standard but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the premium trims will likely pack autonomous emergency braking together with adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Proton’s CEO; Dr. Li Chunrong, even confirmed that full-fledged Level 2 semi-autonomous driving features will be on the table.