Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for some exhilarating news from Proton! They’ve just confirmed the upcoming Proton X90, which sounds impressive on its own. But hold your horses, because that’s not all! There’s a new contender joining the Proton lineup, and it’s going to be something special.
The CEO of Proton, the one and only Li Chunrong, has spilled the beans that this mysterious newcomer is slated to hit the streets before the year’s end. What’s even more exciting is that it won’t be replacing any of Proton’s existing models. Buckle up, folks, for the potential awesomeness of the Proton S50!
Now, I know you’re wondering what’s under the hood of this beast. Word has it that it might take inspiration from the Geely Emgrand, which already has folks buzzing with anticipation. Spy images of development units have been spotted on Malaysian roads, hinting at a fiery powertrain. Picture this: a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, capable of dishing out 114 PS and 147 Nm of torque. Not too shabby, eh? And to top it off, it’s hooked up to a CVT gearbox, making it a smooth operator.
But wait, there’s more! There’s talk of a turbocharged engine being thrown into the mix. I mean, why not? It’s like adding rocket fuel to the mix! With the B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) shared with the Proton X50, we might see a 1.5-liter inline-three cylinder petrol engine, pumping out a staggering 177 PS and 255 Nm of torque in its meanest form. Can you feel the adrenaline pumping already?
Now, let’s talk size, because size matters, right? The Proton S50 is heading toward C-segment territory, boasting dimensions similar to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. But hold your wallet, because here’s the exciting part: despite its size, the pricing is said to be more in line with the B-segment. That means we could be looking at a showdown with the likes of the Toyota Vios and the Honda City!
Curious about the price tag? Well, let me give you a rough estimate. The B-segment Persona sedan, which is a sweet ride itself, starts from RM47,800 for the 1.6L Standard CVT variant. But the Proton S50 is no ordinary contender; it’s aiming to pick up where the Preve left off in 2012. Back then, the Preve started at RM59,990 and went up to RM72,990 for the top dog among its three variants.
So, brace yourselves, folks! The Proton S50 is gearing up to hit the streets, and it’s bound to be one heck of a ride. Get ready to rumble with the big boys in the C-segment, all while getting the value and thrill of the B-segment. Proton is stepping up its game, and I can’t wait to see how this baby performs!