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  • Next-generation Skoda Fabia to adopt MQB platform

    2018 Skoda Fabia

    The fourth-generation Skoda Fabia is expected to debut before the end of 2021 and finally arrive on parent company, the Volkswagen group’s MQB A0 platform for compact vehicles, Autocar has reported. This is a revision of the Fabia’s original 2022 arrival plan, which has been brought forward by the group’s decision to streamline its platform range instead of having older and newer platforms produced at the same time.

    The move to use MQB A0 architecture will bring the Fabia in line with the likes of the Audi A1 and the Volkswagen Polo, and thus be brought up to date with its German brand stablemates. This fourth-generation hatchback will see a greater progression in styling than in the model’s second- and third-generations, drawing cues from the Kamiq crossover, and the also MQB A0-based Scala as well as Octavia, notes Autocar.

    The core of the Fabia powertrain line-up will be the three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine to be offered in various output levels, while a four-cylinder version could feature in higher-spec variants. At the other end of the spectrum, a naturally aspirated three-cylinder unit could join the range as well.

    The next Skoda Fabia will join the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo in using the MQB platform

    Meanwhile, the biggest leap will likely be seen in the interior. Infotainment and connectivity features will benefit greatly with the move to the automaker’s MQB architecture, which will include larger, clearer displays.

    The forthcoming Fabia will get a simplfied feature set, however, as the fourth-generation hatchback won’t be receiving any form of electrification at its launch – not even a mild-hybrid setup, Autocar reports. This is in order to keep the Fabia affordable, however mild-hybrid powertrains could be added to the Fabia line-up from elsewhere in the Volkswagen product range later on.

    A full-fledged Fabia vRS isn’t likely to emerge, though past popularity of the top Monte Carlo variant will likely see a greater emphasis on sportiness, visually or performance-wise, higher up in the new Fabia range, the magazine indicates. Adopting the MQB platform is expected to yield improvements in comfort and refinement as well, though the Fabia’s physical size may not change significantly, Autocar notes.

    GALLERY: 2019 Skoda Scala

     
  • 2020 Proton X50 – Standard, Executive, Premium and Flagship variants, complete spec-by-spec breakdown

    While we’ve previously compared the kit on the Proton X50 variants, the full specifications and equipment on all the four available versions haven’t been fully outlined until today with the official introduction of the SUV. Our launch report has delved into the car in great detail, but let’s take a closer look at the exact differences between the Standard, Executive, Premium and Flagship.

    Proton X50 Standard – RM79,200 OTR without insurance, with SST exemption

    This is the base model in the range, but as you’ll see in the specs list further down, the entry-level X50 is well kitted. The car wasn’t available for photos at press time, but it does look almost identical to the silver-coloured Executive seen in our live photo set here.

    Aside from the lack of front fog lamps and front parking sensors, the Standard adheres to the look of the range further afield. Styling features include full LED projector headlamps, a gloss black grille with red outline, a lower splitter with carbon-fibre print and silver 17-inch wheels with Giti tyres. At the back, the Standard gets the same rear spoiler, LED tail lights and quad-exhaust pipes, adorned with a carbon-fibre print rear diffuser.

    Inside, the variant comes with a polyurethane steering wheel and full black fabric seat upholstery with contrast stitching, and it is the only variant in the model range fitted with four airbags. These are the primary interior differences from the Executive.

    Otherwise, like with the latter, you’ll find an all-black dashboard, a traditional analogue instrument cluster with a small colour screen, cruise control, keyless entry, push-start ignition, and it even comes with remote engine start.

    Other things shared between the Standard and Executive variants include an electronic parking brake with auto hold, manually-adjustable driver’s seat, four speakers, manual air-conditioning with a N95 cabin filter and dedicated rear air vents as well as three USB chargers and a reverse camera.

    The Standard gets the same engine as the Executive and Premium, in this case a 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbocharged with multi-point fuel injection called the 1.5T PFI, designated as the 1.5L T in this application. Output for the unit is 150 PS (or 147 hp) at 5,500 rpm and 226 Nm, available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.

    It’s paired with a seven-speed (wet) dual-clutch automatic transmission, driving the front wheels. The gearbox, which is found across the entire X50 range, has a manual mode, but no paddle shifters as the X50 doesn’t come with them. Three drive modes – Normal, Eco and Sport – are available.

    Proton X50 Executive – RM84,800, OTR without insurance, with SST exemption

    The X50 Executive, which is priced at RM84,200 on-the-road without insurance (with SST exemption), making it RM5,000 more than the Standard, adds on front parking sensors, LED fog lamps and an automatic function for the headlamps. Inside, there’s a leather-wrapped steering wheel, full black leatherette (faux leather) upholstery and two additional airbags to make it a count of six.

    Like the Standard, the Executive comes with a smaller eight-inch touchscreen central display. It supports “Hi Proton” voice commands, online navigation through AMAP, online music streaming through Joox. There’s also Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, along with a reverse camera.

    Proton X50 Premium – RM93,200 OTR without insurance, with SST exemption

    Next, we come to the second-highest model in the range, and the Premium – which is priced at RM93,200 with SST exemption until December 31, 2020 – dresses the SUV further with red brake callipers and 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels fitted with Continental UltraContact 6 tyres. The variant is also equipped with silver-coloured roof rails and front welcome lamps on the side mirrors.

    Inside, the Premium features a two-tone interior, with a lot of dark red contrast tones found on the dashboard’s top panel, the door cards and centre armrest. The leatherette upholstery for the seats also gets dressed in a two-tone scheme, complete with red contrast stitching.

    Additional kit for the variant includes a power adjustable driver’s seat and a full digital instrument cluster, complete with different themes for the three driving modes.

    The centre touchscreen also gains display acreage, and the 10.25-inch widescreen unit adds on extra functionalities for the “Hi Proton” voice commands, including that for controlling window operation. The Premium also adds on Proton Link app connectivity, where you can lock/unlock or start the car to set the air-condition on remotely via your smartphone.

    Speaking of air-conditioning, the Premium makes the shift to automatic climate control, although it’s a single-zone system. Elsewhere, the audio system’s loudspeaker count goes up from four to six, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system finds its way on. You also get a full set of cameras for the 360-degree parking camera system.

    Another change is with the window controls – you now get auto up for all windows with the Premium. The lower variants get auto down for all windows, but auto up only for the driver.

    Proton X50 Flagship – RM103,300 OTR without insurance, with SST exemption

    The Flagship is priced at RM103,300 (with SST exemption until December 31), which makes it RM10,100 more than the Premium version. While that’s quite a big gap, it’s made up by the long list of features that are exclusive to it.

    It’s the only model in the range to feature a slightly different engine – it’s still a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-pot, but one with a direct-injection system. The 1.5 litre TD mill (known as the 1.5L TGDi on the SUV) ups the output to 177 PS (or 174 hp) at 5,000 rpm and 255 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, which is 27 PS and 29 Nm more than the 1.5 litre PFI seen on the other three variants.

    Externally, it’s easily distinguishable from the other three X50 versions by its two-tone exterior, courtesy of its black roof and black side mirror caps, and if you get close up, by its TGDi badging on the sides. Inside, extra bits are a full panoramic sunroof with a powered sunblind cover and an auto-dimming rear view mirror, as well as automatic rain-sensing wipers.

    The most significant parts are all tucked away from sight, save for an extra camera behind the windscreen and a radar mounted on the bumper. These are part of the variant’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which includes Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in its suite.

    Other items in the car’s ADAS set include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, active lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, auto high beam and auto-park assist.

    Finally, exterior colour options, and there are six colours to choose from. However, not all the shades are available for all the variants. The Standard can only be had in Snow White, Armour Silver and Ocean Blue, while the Executive adds on the option of Jet Grey and Citric Orange to make it five. Meanwhile, Passion Red is exclusive to the Premium and Flagship, which both get the full six colour options.

    The Proton X50 comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five-years 1GB per month free data package and three times free labour service. Here’s the complete specification breakdown of all four X50 variants, and you can also compare the SUV side-by-side on CarBase.my.

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Standard – RM79,200

    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5T PFI 1.5 litre engine
    • 1,477 cc multi-point injection, turbocharged three-cylinder
    • 150 PS (or 147 hp) at 5,500 rpm
    • 226 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm
    • Seven-speed (wet) dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual mode (no paddle shifters)
    • Three drive modes (Normal, Eco and Sport)
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Ventilated brake discs (front), solid discs (rear)
    • Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold function
    • MacPherson strut (front), torsion beam (rear) suspension
    • 45 litre fuel tank capacity
    • 6.5 litres per 100 km fuel consumption
    • 1,325 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • 17-inch alloy wheels (silver) with 215/60 profile tyres
    • LED projector headlamps
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED tail lights
    • Gloss black grille with red outline
    • Front lower splitter with carbon-fibre print
    • Rear spoiler
    • Quad-exhaust pipes, rear diffuser with carbon-fibre print

    Interior

    • Black fabric upholstery with grey contrast stitching
    • Grey headliner
    • Manual front seat adjustment
    • Manual air-conditioning
    • Urethane steering wheel with control switches
    • Standard meter instrument cluster
    • Cruise control with speed limiter
    • Keyless entry, push-start ignition
    • Remote engine start
    • Rear air-con vents
    • Eight-inch (8.0) touchscreen infotainment system with GKUI 19
    • Voice command, navigation, online weather foreceast/ Joox music streaming
    • 4G and WiFi, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity
    • Four loudspeakers
    • Three USB ports (one data, two charging)
    • N95 cabin filter
    • 330 litres boot space

    Safety

    • Four airbags (front and side)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control
    • ABS, EBD, brake assist
    • Hill hold assist, hill descent control
    • Reverse camera
    • Four rear parking sensors

    Colours

    • Snow White, Armour Silver, Ocean Blue

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Executive – RM84,800

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1,345 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • Automatic headlamps
    • Front LED fog lamps

    Interior

    • Black leatherette faux leather upholstery with grey contrast stitching
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with function control switches

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side, curtain)
    • Two front parking sensors

    Colours

    • As above, adds on Jet Grey and Citric Orange

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Premium – RM93,200

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1,350 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • 18-inch alloy wheels (dual-tone) with 215/55 profile tyres
    • Red-coloured brake callipers
    • Roof rails (silver)
  • Front side mirror welcome lamps
  • Interior

    • Black and red leatherette faux leather upholstery with red contrast stitching
    • Black headliner
    • Dual-tone black and red interior
    • Six-way powered driver’s seat
    • Single-zone auto air-conditioning
    • Full-colour LCD digital instrument cluster
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
    • Additional voice functions for GKUI 19 interface
    • Two additional tweeters, total six loudspeakers
    • Proton Link App compatibility (vehicle status, remote control)

    Safety

    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 360-degree camera

    Colours

    • As above, adds on Passion Red

    2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship – RM103,300

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5 TD 1.5 litre engine
    • 1,477 cc direct-injection, turbocharged three-cylinder
    • 177 PS (or 174 hp) at 5,500 rpm
    • 255 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm
    • 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds
    • 6.4 litres per 100 km fuel consumption
    • 1,370 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • Dual-tone exterior (black roof and pillars, side mirror caps)
    • Automatic rain-sensing wipers

    Interior

    • Panoramic sunroof, powered sunblind cover
    • Automatic dimming rear-view mirror

    Safety

    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go function
    • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
    • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
    • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
    • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
    • Intelligent high-beam control
    • Auto Park Assist
    • Four front parking sensors

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Executive

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Premium

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

     

  • Proton X50 SUV launched – RM79,200 to RM103,300

    You’ve been waiting years for this moment to come, and now it’s finally here! The new Proton X50 SUV has at last been launched, marking the national carmaker’s entry into the lucrative and hotly contested B-segment crossover market, with highly competitive specifications and pricing.

    The latter is the piece of information you’ve all been dying to know, so let’s not waste any more time. The X50 is priced at RM79,200 for the base 1.5T Standard, RM84,800 for the 1.5T Executive, RM93,200 for the 1.5T Premium and RM103,300 for the amusingly-named range-topping 1.5 TGDi Flagship.

    These prices for this locally-assembled Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) come without insurance and include the full exemption of the sales and service tax (SST), valid until December 31. There’s also a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, a five-year data package (1 GB quota per month) and five times free labour for servicing (limited to the first 30,000 bookings up to December 31).

    But the price is only part of the story – as the second Geely-based model, the X50 also brings several firsts for the brand in terms of technology and safety. There’s plenty to talk about, so here’s everything you need to know about what is possibly the company’s most important model yet.

    Second model from Geely, based on Binyue/Coolray

    As mentioned earlier, the X50 is Proton’s second model to be based on a Geely – in this case, the Binyue (or the Coolray as it’s known in other markets). The car is part of a licencing agreement inked in 2018 which will also see the arrival of a rebadged version of the Jiaji MPV.

    Predictably, the X50 is much smaller than the X70. Measuring 4,330 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,609 mm tall, it is 189 mm shorter, 31 mm narrower and 85 mm lower compared to its sibling, while its 2,600 mm wheelbase is 70 mm shorter. Its natural rival is the Honda HR-V, so it’s no surprise they’re millimetres apart – it’s four millimetres shorter, 28 mm wider and four millimetres taller, with a wheelbase ten millimetres shorter.

    Just as the X70 is almost identical to the Boyue on which it’s based, the X50 derives much of its design from the Binyue. That’s no bad thing, of course – the latter is one of Geely’s latest models and sports arguably the most cohesive version of the Chinese brand’s styling language yet.

    Certain cues are shared with the X70, such as the prominent front fender bulges, deep shoulder line creases and blacked-out D-pillars that give the car a floating roof look. But overall, the X50 has a far sportier design, helped along by the reduced dimensions and the fitment of the Sport exterior package as standard – yes, even on the base Standard model.

    At the front, you’ll find the usual Proton “Infinite Weave” grille, here surrounded by a striking Auburn Red strip that dips down in the middle to fit the roundel badge. It’s flanked by sharp LED headlights, tied together by a large, sculpted chrome trim piece that somehow doesn’t look overwrought. This aggressive look is emphasised by the sizeable air intakes and a jutting front spoiler that flows neatly into the black plastic body cladding. The Standard is the only one not to come with LED fog lights in the corner inlets.

    Moving to the rear of the car, the trapezoidal LED tail lights come with triple light guides and are joined by a full-width chrome strip carrying the Proton script. Rounding off the look is the massive diffuser and four genuine exhaust pipes that give the X50 an unexpectedly racy look. Fortunately, however, the designers have given a hard pass to the ostentatious rear wing found in other markets.

    Not much separates the four variants from the outside. The Standard and Executive models get 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Premium and Flagship gain intricate 18-inch two-tone rollers. The range-topping version also receives a black roof, and buyers will be pleased to know that the A-pillar joint lines up neatly with the bonnet, making the two-tone colour scheme look less like an afterthought.

    Jet fighter-inspired cabin, new GKUI 19 infotainment system

    If you thought the exterior was modern, wait till you see the interior. There’s a futuristic minimalist dashboard with fake stitching on the upper layer, lashings of metal-look trim, a tall centre console “bridge” with a Porsche-like passenger grab handle, and even some jet fighter-inspired air vents at the corners. Underneath the centre console is a large storage space with a USB port and a 12-volt socket.

    To amp up the visual drama further still, Premium and Flagship variants are kitted with a full red-and-black colour scheme, which finds its way not only on the seats but also on the dashboard and door cards. The upper parts of the dash and front door panels are made from soft-touch materials.

    In terms of infotainment, all models get the latest version of the Geely Key User Interface, GKUI 19, which is claimed to be more responsive than the preceding system in the X70. The interface itself has also been revised, with cleaner tiles and permanent menu, back and home buttons (that last button is in the middle and features the Proton logo in place of the Geely insignia in other markets).

    However, the application is slightly different depending on the variant. Standard and Executive models get an eight-inch freestanding touchscreen, an analogue instrument cluster and an eSIM built into the head unit itself. The latter enables basic functions of the “Hi Proton” voice control system.

    On the Premium and Flagship, the display is much wider at 10.25 inches across, while the instrument cluster is now a seven-inch digital display that has different themes depending on the drive mode selected. The eSIM on these models is also integrated into the telematics box, allowing drivers to control additional functions such as the windows and air-conditioning, just like in the X70.

    This eSIM also connects with the Proton Link smartphone app, letting users check the vehicle’s status and control certain functions remotely, including starting the car and using the air-conditioning to cool the cabin.

    On both versions of the GKUI 19 system, you get access to weather information, Joox music streaming and online navigation (the provider of which has been switched from Baidu Maps to Alibaba’s AutoNavi, using data from Here Maps). There’s also a QDLink smartphone screen mirroring function that works on Android and iOS devices, although you can’t actually control your phone using the car’s touchscreen. You still don’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto functionality, unfortunately.

    Aside from the usual Proton touches like the steering wheel badging and the “Infinite Weave” mesh on the speaker grilles, the X50 also has a couple of unique features for the Malaysian market. Unlike the Binyue, the car comes with rear air vents – and best of all, it’s fitted as standard across the range. Above the vents are two USB charging ports instead of just one on the Geely.

    Open the tailgate, and you’ll find 330 litres of luggage space, which is a ways off the HR-V (it’s actually more than 100 litres smaller) and less than what you’d find in the Toyota C-HR (388 litres), Mazda CX-3 (350 litres), Subaru XV (345 litres) and even the Hyundai Kona (335 litres).

    You also don’t get a powered tailgate anywhere in the lineup – evidently, Proton wants this to be an X70-exclusive feature. As is par for the course in the segment, you can fold the 60:40-split rear seats for more cargo room, while a space-saver spare tyre sits underneath the boot floor.

    Standard equipment includes keyless entry with remote engine start, push-button start, manual fabric seats, manual air-conditioning, an N95 cabin filter, rear parking sensors, a reverse camera and four speakers. The Executive bumps up the feature list with automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front parking sensors and faux leather upholstery.

    Step up to the Premium, and you get roof rails, a welcome light function, automatic climate control, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, automatic up and down for all windows, a 360-degree camera system and six speakers, plus all the technology and aesthetic flourishes listed earlier. The Flagship is almost identical in spec but adds automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a panoramic glass sunroof.

    Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capabilities, five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating

    As standard, the X50 comes with four airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control and rear Isofix child seat anchors. Moving up to the Executive model nets you curtain airbags to make it six in total, while the Premium adds a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    The Flagship is the only one to come with the Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS), which has been significantly upgraded over the one in the X70. The key highlight here is Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), which combines adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centring assist to provide Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capabilities. This allows the car to accelerate, brake and steer on its own.

    We should point out that ICC will only assist in driving the car, so at no point should you be doing anything other than focusing on the road ahead. The system is not foolproof – the onus will still be on you to maintain full control of the car, and if you get into an accident when using ICC, you will still need to take full responsibility. In other words, don’t use this as an excuse to use your phone while driving.

    Other features include autonomous emergency braking (now with pedestrian detection), lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and automatic high beam. These features have enabled the X50 to secure a full five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, with a total score of 84.26%.

    1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission

    Power comes from a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine developed by Geely and Volvo. Two versions are available, with the Standard, Executive and Premium getting a port-injected mill making 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 226 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. The X50 is the first car in the Geely group to receive this version, which delivers a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.5 litres per 100 km.

    The more powerful direct-injected engine is exclusive to the Flagship and churns out 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. It gets from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and is capable of sipping 6.4 litres of petrol per 100 km.

    All models are front-wheel drive and come with the same seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission as the X70, also designed by Geely and Volvo. One difference from its stablemate is that there are no paddle shifters offered, not even on the Flagship.

    The X50 is built on Geely’s B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) and as such features MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. Proton claims that the car features a total of 406 unique parts compared to the Binyue, as a result of the switch to right-hand drive.

    Six colours are offered, only three of which are available for the Standard model – Snow White, Armour Silver and Ocean Blue. The Executive variant can also be had in Jet Grey and the Citric Orange you see here, while buyers of the Premium and Flagship can also specify their cars in Passion Red, a solid vermilion hue. As I said earlier, the Flagship comes only in the two-tone colour scheme.

    Here’s the variant breakdown in detail.

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    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Standard – RM79,200
    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5T PFI 1.5 litre engine
    • 1,477 cc multi-point injection, turbocharged three-cylinder
    • 150 PS at 5,500 rpm
    • 226 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm
    • Seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual mode (no paddle shifters)
    • 6.5 litres per 100 km fuel consumption
    • Three drive modes (Normal, Eco and Sport)
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Ventilated brake discs (front), solid discs (rear)
    • Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold function
    • MacPherson strut (front), torsion beam (rear) suspension
    • 45 litre fuel tank capacity
    • 1,325 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • 17-inch silver alloy wheels with 215/60-profile tyres
    • LED projector headlamps
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED tail lights
    • Gloss black grille with red outline
    • Front lower splitter with carbon-fibre print
    • Rear spoiler
    • Quad-exhaust pipes, rear diffuser with carbon-fibre print

    Interior

    • Black fabric upholstery with grey contrast stitching
    • Grey headliner
    • Manual front seat adjustment
    • Manual air-conditioning
    • Urethane steering wheel with control switches
    • Standard meter instrument cluster
    • Cruise control with speed limiter
    • Keyless entry, push-button start
    • Remote engine start
    • Rear air-con vents
    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GKUI 19
    • Voice command, navigation, online weather foreceast/ Joox music streaming
    • 4G and WiFi, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity
    • Four loudspeakers
    • Three USB ports (one data, two charging)
    • N95 cabin filter
    • 330 litres boot space

    Safety

    • Four airbags (front and side)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control
    • ABS, EBD, brake assist
    • Hill hold assist, hill descent control
    • Reverse camera
    • Four rear parking sensors

    Colours

    • Snow White, Armour Silver, Ocean Blue

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Executive – RM84,800
    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1,345 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • Automatic headlamps
    • Front LED fog lamps

    Interior

    • Black faux leather upholstery with grey contrast stitching
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with function control switches

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side, curtain)
    • Two front parking sensors

    Colours

    • As above, adds on Jet Grey and Citric Orange

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Premium – RM93,200

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1,350 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with 215/55-profile tyres
    • Red-coloured brake callipers
    • Silver roof rails

    Interior

    • Black and red faux leather upholstery with red contrast stitching
    • Black headliner
    • Dual-tone black and red interior
    • Six-way powered driver’s seat
    • Single-zone auto air-conditioning
    • 7.0-inch digital instrument display
    • Front side mirror welcome lamps
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
    • Additional voice functions for GKUI 19 interface
    • Six loudspeakers
    • Proton Link App compatibility (vehicle status, remote control)

    Safety

    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 360-degree camera

    Colours

    • As above, adds on Passion Red

    2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship – RM103,300

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5 TGDi 1.5 litre engine
    • 1,477 cc direct-injection, turbocharged three-cylinder
    • 177 PS at 5,500 rpm
    • 255 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm
    • 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds
    • 6.4 litres per 100 km fuel consumption
    • 1,370 kg kerb weight

    Exterior

    • Dual-tone exterior (black roof and pillars)
    • Automatic rain-sensing wipers

    Interior

    • Panoramic sunroof, powered sunblind cover
    • Automatic dimming rear-view mirror

    Safety

    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go function
    • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
    • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
    • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
    • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
    • Intelligent high-beam control
    • Auto Park Assist
    • Four front parking sensors

    So, what do you think of the Proton X50 – will it be competitive against its competitors and similarly-priced B-segment sedan rivals, and are you planning to buy one? Sound off in the comments after the jump. As usual, you can browse full specifications and equipment of the new Proton X50 on CarBase.my.

    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Executive


    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5T Premium
    GALLERY: Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship
    GALLERY: Proton X50 official photos

     
  • 2021 Yamaha MT-09 upgrade – quick shifter, LCD panel, adjustable forks, LED projector headlight

    Ahead of its launch in Europe later today, photos of the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 have been leaked, showing a slew of updates and upgrades for this very popular naked sports bike. Most obvious visually for this generation of the MT-09 is the LED projector headlight and under belly exhaust.

    From information received, Yamaha has updated to Crossplane triple in the MT-09, we presume for Euro 5, but no word on a displacement increase or power numbers. What is new is the addition of an up-and-down quick shifter, a performance mod very necessary for the quick revving nature of the MT-09’s engine.

    Also upgraded is the brake master cylinder, now a radial unit, with twin radial-mount callipers on the front wheel. The forks on the upcoming MT-09 have also seen a major upgrade, coming with adjustability, previously a major omission on the outgoing model.

    The instrument panel is a full-colour TFT-LCD display compared to the previous monochrome LCD panel and much larger in size. It is interesting to note the display in the photo shows a ‘D 4’, which we think corresponds to riding modes, along with a traction mode.

    Styling remains much the same, following Yamaha’s “Darkness” concept. Launch of the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 takes place later today in Europe and paultan.org will bring you information as and when it becomes available.

     
  • Putrajaya bus rides to be free from Nov 1 – FT minister

    Federal Territories minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa has announced that public bus services in Putrajaya will be free of charge from November 1. The Ketereh MP said this on his Facebook page, adding that the FOC bus rides are only for Malaysian citizens.

    Annuar’s post was accompanied by images of Putrajaya’s NEDO EV bus. Revealed in December 2017, it is Malaysia’s first rapid charge electric bus. NEDO stands for Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation, and the bus is manufactured by DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (DEFTECH) as part of a technology transfer arrangement between Malaysia and Japan.

    Operated by Putrajaya’s Nadiputra, the full-sized electric bus is 12 metres long and is powered by SCiB batteries from Toshiba. The battery, which can last up to 10 years with proper maintenance, allows for rapid charging – only 10 minutes for a full charge can take the bus 30 km.

    Charging is done through an overhead pantograph. Three Super Quick Charge (SQC) terminals are located in Putrajaya Sentral, with one more at the bus depot in Precinct 14.

     
  • Watch the Proton X50 virtual launch here at 10:50 am; full details on Executive, Premium, and Flagship!

    Today is the day – the Proton X50 will finally be launched, and the grand event will take place virtually on Proton Cars’ Facebook page. Of course, you may also tune in to the launch here on paultan.org, along with details such as pricing, warranty coverage, and specification breakdown between the four variants.

    We will publish full details and pictures of the Executive, Premium and Flagship variants in a dedicated spec-by-spec post (as we always do). These information will also be on CarBase.my for those who wish to do a more thorough comparison between the X50 and its rivals.

    As of early October, Proton said it collected over 20,000 bookings for the X50 in the span of two weeks. That figure exceeded Proton’s own expectations, and it was previously reported that the Tanjung Malim plant can only produce 8,000 units of the B-segment SUV by end-2020. Whether this figure will increase or not remains to be seen.

    So, are you ready for the X50 launch? We bet you are, so be sure to come back here at 10.50 am to catch the launch gambit, plus the ensuing slew of new information.

     
  • CMCO in Selangor, KL, Putrajaya extended to Nov 9

    The conditional movement control order (CMCO), which is currently in effect in the state of Selangor as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, will be extended to November 9, according to the National Security Council (MKN). This is a two-week extension after the reinstated CMCO was first announced, which was from October 14 until October 27.

    Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision to extend the CMCO was based on a risk assessment conducted by the ministry of health (MOH), which revealed that there were still high-risk locations for the spread of Covid-19 in the named areas. The CMCO in the state of Sabah as well as the Nilai zone in Negeri Sembilan will also see extensions – the latter until November 10.

    Barring further announcements from MKN, the prevailing standard operating procedures (SOPs) should remain in effect. To control movement, only two individuals from the same household will be allowed to leave their home to purchase food and/or necessities.

    Inter-district travel is not allowed under CMCO conditions, and employees who need to cross district lines will be required to show a work pass or permission letter from their employer. Those who wish to do so but not due to work reasons must first get permission from the police.

    In regards to public transport, services such as stage buses, express buses, taxis and e-hailing will be allowed to operate as usual. For taxis and e-hailing providers, a maximum of two passengers are allowed onboard, and rides can be provided from 6am to 12am.

    For vehicles carrying workers, they can carry passengers as previously prescribed, while those associated with industries, businesses and factories are allowed to travel between districts and states as before. Meanwhile, petrol stations will have limited operating hours from 6am to 10pm, with the exception of stations located along highways, which will be allowed to operate 24 hours.

     
  • Isuzu Malaysia launches new 3S centre in Taiping

    Isuzu Malaysia has launched a new 3S dealership in Taiping, Perak, which will serve customers in the Matang region. The dealership will be operated by GB Motors and was designed to offer sales and aftersales services for the entire range of Isuzu models, ranging from the D-Max to medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

    Occupying 5,300 square metres of land area and with a built-up area of approximately 1,400 square metres, the outlet boasts a spacious showroom, customer waiting area and well-equipped service bays. It is located along Jalan Simpang, close to the main cross road leading to Taiping town.

    “As one of the largest independent automotive retailers in Malaysia with over 25 years of delivering positive experiences here in the northern region, I believe that this new Goh Brothers outlet will offer excellent professional service and play a key role in developing the Isuzu business here and serving the growing population and businesses around the Taiping area,” said Koji Nakamura, CEO of Isuzu Malaysia.

    “I thank the management of Isuzu Malaysia for choosing the Goh Brothers Group as your business partner. As a member of the Isuzu family, we are committed to enhancing the Isuzu Customer Experience in this region through timely and professional service to customers,” commented Goh Chern Earn, Isuzu dealer principal.

    To celebrate the launch of the new outlet, GB Motors will be holding a month-long test drive campaign until November 23, where the first 100 people to test drive any Isuzu vehicle will receive a special gift bag.

     
  • New Geely plant in Chongqing to make Polestar EVs

    The Geely Group is planning a new electric vehicle plant in Chongqing, and the factory will produce Polestar EVs. This was reported today by Reuters, with info from two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

    The Hangzhou-based automaker’s new plant in the western Chinese city will have an annual manufacturing capacity of 30,000 premium EVs. The facility will be run by a wholly owned, newly registered company, according to documents on Geely’s website.

    According to the report, the owner of Volvo, Lotus, 49% of Proton and the Polestar brand plans to make low-volume Polestar 1 performance hybrids in Chengdu in the west and Polestar 2 electric fastbacks in Taizhou in the east. Geely has also confirmed plans to put the Polestar Precept sedan into production. Click on the links to see the models in detail.

    The newswire’s report adds that Polestar aims to eventually offer larger, more sporty vehicles. The electrified brand’s network currently has 23 showrooms in nine countries, and the plan is to hit 45 by the end of this year. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath told Reuters that the firm is looking at markets in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

    Besides the plant that will roll out Polestar EVs, Geely is also planning a factory in China to make Lotus SUVs, the report added.

    GALLERY: Polestar Precept concept

     
  • Fisker Ocean – production version to be unveiled 2021 in Los Angeles; Magna manufacturing starts Q4 2022

    Fisker has announced that the production version of the Ocean electric SUV will premiere at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, which is slated to commence in May 2021 following delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm also announced its strategic cooperation with manufacturing firm Magna, which will produce the Ocean SUV from the fourth quarter of 2022 at its European location.

    The Fisker Ocean will be manufactured exclusively by Magna initially, and the two companies have ‘agreed to work together’ to continue developing new technologies to innovate across multiple automotive systems and architectures for Fisker vehicles, the Los Angeles-based brand said.

    The Ocean will integrate Magna’s electric vehicle archictecture with the firm’s FM29 platform, which will possibly also serve as the basis for future Fisker vehicles, said the company. Fisker has revealed that the Ocean measures 4,640 mm long, 1,930 mm wide and 1,615 mm tall, with 566 litres of luggage capacity, or 708 litres with its parcel shelf removed. This grows further to 1,274 litres with the rear seats folded.

    Fisker Ocean SUV concept

    The base variant of the Ocean employs a rear-wheel-drive powertrain, with other variants set to receive all-wheel-drive, though without other technical details provided; these will presumably be single- and dual-motor configurations, respectively. The standard AWD configuration will offer ‘more than 300 hp’, while an ultra-high performance variant targets a 0-96 km/h time of under three seconds. The total power output for this variant will be announced next year, said Fisker on its website.

    Inside, the Ocean boasts of a head-up display integrated into the windscreen, complemented by a 9.8-inch driver instrumentation panel and a 16-inch infotainment touchscreen. The interior is outfitted with ‘vegan’ materials such as polycarbonate and polyurethane surfaces, with rayon backing and recycled carpeting made from the nylon of abandoned fishing nets, hence its Ocean moniker.

    The Ocean SUV will also get what’s dubbed the California Mode, which opens the nine glass windows and panels with one touch of a button, providing an open-air cabin while maintaining its ‘roll-cage’ safety structure around its occupants, says Fisker. This will be standard on all Ocean variants save for the base RWD model.

    “We are very happy to be able to work with Fisker on such an exciting sustainable product and to see what additional opportunities this cooperation may bring. This is a unique competitive position for us, particularly with new mobility players and OEMs seeking to expand their electrified offerings,” said Magna International president Swamy Kotagiri in a statement.

    At its initial unveiling at CES 2020, the Fisker Ocean claimed a range of between 250 km to 480 km from an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, charged via a Combined Charging System (CCS) Type 2 plug. With the Electrify America setup of 350 kW chargers as a reference, a 15-80% charge can be attained in 30 minutes, for an addition of 320 km of driving range.

    In July, Fisker was reportedly in talks with Volkswagen for the use of the German automaker’s key electric drive components including drive batteries, which would entail the use of the MEB modular electric vehicle platform, according to Automotive News Europe.

    At the time, the company was said to be in talks with several automakers for parts supply contracts, said CEO Henrik Fisker, though Volkswagen was not mentioned by name. Should the talks materialise in confirmed deals, Fisker will not need to manufacture its own air conditioning, steering rack or platform, the CEO said.

    Pricing for the Fisker Ocean will start from US$37,499 (RM156,183), and leasing starts from US$379 (RM1,578) a month with a one-time US$2,999 (RM12,490) activation fee, with full maintenance and service costs covered, says Fisker. Leasing subscribers get up to 30,000 miles (48,000 km) a year with monthly rollover, and users can cancel the lease subscription at any time.

    2022 Fisker Ocean concept

     
 

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