Proton has long been Malaysia’s pride and joy when it comes to local cars. The brand has released a wide range of classic cars like the Proton Waja, Proton Satria, and many more. Up till today, it has proved to put Malaysians at the forefront – offering affordable automobiles nationwide. From its X50 SUV to mini cars like the Iriz, Proton offers variety to its consumers. Like every other brand, Proton is constantly churning out new car types and we’re taking a look at some Proton new model coming soon in 2023.
In addition, we’re also walking down memory lane with some of our favourite Proton cars to date. Affordability, style and safety never looked so good!
Proton New Model Coming Soon In 2023
1. Proton X90
One of the confirmed Proton new model coming soon in 2023 is the Proton X90, a new SUV. It was meant to launch this year but was delayed due to the pandemic. Thus, the Proton X90 is set to launch next year, in 2023. Unlike the Mazda CX-8 and Kia Carnival, Proton’s future SUV will be a three-row vehicle. In addition, it is based on the Geely Haoyue from China, which some people have rumoured to see in Malaysia recently.
The Proton SUV’s powertrain is believed to be based on the Chinese model, which means it will feature a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Furthermore, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers the power to the front wheels, taking things to the next level. Equipment-wise, it might have dual 12.3-inch displays for entertainment and an air purification system. Other than that, it will also have features like three-zone climate control and power adjustable seats.
2. Premium EV SUV
At the premiere of the new Proton Saga few months ago, CEO Roslan Abdullah provided an update on the deal’s progress and the anticipated arrival of the brand’s new electric car. Known as the #1 SUV, the car is set to be unveiled next year. To clarify this, Proton CEO Li Chunrong has claimed that the #1 is one of three all-new cars that would be presented over the next two years.
The smart #1 (pronounced “hashtag one”) is the first product of a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Geely. But, it’s important to note that the latter holds a share in Proton. Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) underpins this vehicle, which is narrower but larger and taller than the Honda HR-V.
Stuttgart created the pebble-smooth crossover, which has frameless windows, a tidy interior, and a big 12.8-inch touchscreen alongside a nine-speaker Beats sound system inside. With a single rear motor that generates 272 PS and 368 Nm of torque, and a 66 kWh battery that can go 535 kilometres, the #1 is currently available in China. But one thing’s for sure, we’re definitely looking forward to this Proton new model coming soon in 2023. Cause who wouldn’t love an affordable electric vehicle?
3. New MPV to Replace Exora?
While this isn’t exactly confirmed, a Proton new model coming soon in 2023 is a new MPV. If you’re an avid Proton user, you would realise that their oldest model is the Exora. Therefore, Proton may rebadge the Geely Jiaji as the Exora replacement model. This is in order to remain competitive in the soon-to-be rejuvenated MPV category.
As of now, both the 1.5-liter three-cylinder and the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines can be purchased in China. 177 hp and 255 nm are produced by the first, which is shared with the Proton X50, and may be coupled with a 48 volt mild hybrid to provide a total of 190 horsepower and 300 nm. But soon, we may just see the new MPV in local stores. So get excited!
4. S50 Sedan (Rumoured)
A replacement is long overdue for the current generation Proton Persona, which went on sale in 2016 and will be seven years old by next year. Thus, a new Proton sedan will be launching, according to reliable sources. A simple calculation shows that the Emgrand might very well be the basis for Persona’s next-generation successor.
For the Geely Emgrand, the 2,650 mm wheelbase is longer than the Persona’s and is identical to that of the now-discontinued, midsize C-segment Preve. Like the Proton X50, it rides on the BMA chassis. No word yet on whether the next generation Persona will be powered by either the X50’s turbocharged engine or the naturally aspirated unit seen in Japan. But a sedan would likely be a Proton new model coming soon in 2023.
Some Of Our Favourite Proton Cars To Date
1. Affordable SUV: Proton X50
The Proton X50 is a Malaysian vehicle manufacturer’s subcompact crossover SUV. The car, positioned as a B-segment SUV, was unveiled on September 15th, 2020, and went on sale on October 27th, 2020. After the X70, this is the brand’s second SUV. In addition to the right-hand drive conversion and mechanical tweaks, the vehicle is a rebadged Geely Binyue.
Just last month, the Proton X50 was announced as the best-selling Proton car. As sales soar, it’s easy to understand why this new SUV by Proton has become a top pick among consumers. Not only does it look sporty and offers a higher point of view for its drivers, but it’s also one of the most affordable SUV’s in the market.
2. Small And Convenient: Proton Iriz
As designated P2-30A by Malaysian engineers, Proton’s Iriz supermini is a five-door, five-seater. The Iriz is 5 millimetres taller and 5 millimetres broader than the Myvi, with a length of 3,905 millimetres as opposed to the Myvi’s 3,690 millimetres (1,550 for Iriz versus 1,545 for Myvi).
The Myvi has a 2,440mm wheelbase, whereas the Iriz has a 2,555mm one. In comparison to the Myvi 1.3, the Iriz has a power output of 70 kW (95 PS), whereas the Myvi 1.3 has lower torque. (67 kW at 6,000 rpm and 117Nm torque at 4,400 rpm). It is also more powerful than the Myvi 1.5-liter engine, which produces 104PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, thanks to its 1.6-liter displacement.
3. Proton Saga
The Proton Saga, the country’s first automobile, was unquestionably a watershed moment for the country’s auto sector. Proton’s best-selling model, the Saga, has been in production for 37 years and has sold over 1.9 million units. As a consequence of a partnership between HICOM and Mitsubishi Motors, the first iteration of the Saga was created. A four-door saloon and a five-door hatchback were both offered in the second generation Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore.
On January 18, 2008, Proton launched their second-generation Proton Saga. Developed by Proton, it is built on the Proton Savvy platform, which has been extended. The Proton Saga 3 was unveiled on September 28th, 2016. On the outgoing Saga FLX platform and powered by the Iriz’s 1.3-liter VVT engine, it is the successor to the Saga.