Video: 2023 Proton X90 first impressions – How does the hybrid Proton drive?

Set to launch soon in Malaysia, the 2023 Proton X90 has been previewed to members of the media, and this time around, we’ve been given a chance to drive the car. And if getting the chance to drive the car before its launch wasn’t good enough, our test drive route was from Proton’s Centre of Excellence all the way to Genting Highlands, a rather complete testing route.

For those who don’t know yet, the 2023 Proton X90 will be available in four variants – Standard, Executive, Premium, Flagship. All of them are powered by the same 48V mild hybrid system. The system consists of a 1.5-litre TGDI engine and a Belt Starter Generator (BSG) that provides additional boost. Combined, the system makes 190 hp and 300 Nm. How does it drive? Watch our video to find out!

The 2023 Proton X90 is either a 7-seater or 6-seater SUV depending on the variant. The Standard, Executive, and Premium, are all 7-seater SUVs. The range-topping flagship is the only one with a 6-seater configuration with captain seats in the second row. It is a proper 7-seater and not a 5+2 SUV. Its technical competitors would be cars like the Mazda CX-8 and the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Not only is the Proton X70 the first Proton hybrid car, it also introduces several Proton-first features. Some of them being the walk away auto lock function, the nearby auto unlock function, and several new safety features. You can learn more about them here.

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Proton has already opened bookings for the Proton X90 and interested customers can make their bookings through Proton 3S and 4S centres nationwide. No online bookings have been opened so far. In case you were considering Proton’s new X90 as your family car, watch our video to learn more about what it’s really like to drive.

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