The Binyue on which the X50 is based.
PETALING JAYA: Proton's rousing video clip today for the 63rd National Day on Facebook offers a glimpse into the much anticipated X50 that should show up within the next two months.
It showed a blue X50 riding on what appears to be 18-inch wheels and equipped with LED headlamps, daytime running lights, and 4 tailpipes.
The current stable of Proton models were also highlighted in the 40s video.
After the runaway success of the X70 sport utility vehicle (SUV), Proton is expected to launch the more compact and affordable SUV based on the Geely Binyue.
Rivals for the X50 include the Honda HR-V and the Toyota C-HR.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged Binyue with a 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission is powerful, and produces 177ps and 255Nm of torque.
This powertrain was jointly developed by Geely Auto and Volvo Cars.
Like the X70, the X50 could have premium features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Information System.
Proton CEO Dr Li Chunrong confirmed in January that the X50 would launch as a locally assembled model unlike the X70, which was fully imported before it was produced in CKD form.
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