2018 Proton SUV gets automatic emergency brake assist

By THOMAS HUONG | 11 April 2018

SUBANG JAYA: The upcoming Proton SUV will also get automatic emergency brake assist, besides lane keeping assist, voice command, adaptive cruise control and 360-degree 3D view.

"The SUV will have smart voice recognition, 360-degree 3D camera and safety features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency brake assist, just to name a few. The first product jointly developed with our partner Geely will be the starting point of a new model range for the company,” said Proton vice president of sales and marketing Abdul Rashid Musa in a statement.

Proton did not reveal how its automatic emergency brake assist works, and whether it uses radar or video sensors (or both) to detect potential collisions.

Variations of such automatic emergency braking systems are already on SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.

Even the flagship Perodua Myvi (AV grade) has Pre-Collision Warning (PCW) and Pre-Collision Braking (PCB) which work at speeds below 30kph.

PCW alerts the driver that a collision is imminent. PCB assist drivers by automatically applying the brakes if they are still unaware of the impending collision.

Proton recently posted a video revealing its first SUV's features, on the official Proton Facebook page, together with an online poll that invites the public to vote for the name of its first SUV.

The video shows the Geely Boyue, on which the Proton SUV is based, performing dynamic manoeuvres on a snow-covered landscape and a test track.

The online poll to name Proton's first SUV (sport utility vehicle) has generated massive response over its first 9 days on the national automaker's Facebook page.

As of 11th April, over 69,000 Facebook users had taken the poll while the video that is posted with it has been viewed more than 165,000 times.

Over 1,000 people also shared the content on their own personal pages.

“We did not expect such a big number of responses in such a short time and feel humbled by the interest shown," said Abdul Rashid.

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The Proton SUV is due for a fourth-quarter launch, and is based on the popular 5-seater Geely Boyue.

The top-grade Boyue has a powerful 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, the online poll concerning the name of the Proton SUV will run till April 30 and is open to all Malaysians.

Poll participants are in the running to get RM100,000 worth of gift vouchers while five winners will be chosen based on the best reasons given for the name they voted for.

The winners will get a "money-can’t-buy" experience consisting of exclusive VIP invites to the SUV launch and being among the first to test drive the car at Proton’s test track in Shah Alam.

Also, if a proposed alternative name for the SUV is chosen, the lucky winner will get a 4D/3N tour package to Hangzhou and Shanghai for two.