Proton begins export of X90 – flagship MHEV SUV arrives in Mauritius, South Africa, and Brunei

Proton has begun export operations for the X90, a little after three months since the model’s official introduction here in Malaysia. The first overseas markets for the three-row SUV include Mauritius, South Africa, and Brunei, with the latter two debuting within the last week.

For South Africa and Brunei, The Proton X90 will be offered in four variants, with a largely identical equipment list as the variant line-up here in Malaysia. Pricing for the Proton flagship SUV ranges from ZAR559,900-679,900 (approx. RM139k-169k) in South Africa, and BND35,000-42,000 (approx. RM120k-144k) in Brunei.

Details for the Proton X90 in Mauritius remain scarce, although it appears that the SUV will be offered in both six- and seven-seater options, with pricing starting from MUR1,195,000 (approx. RM121k).

As with Malaysia, all variants of the 2023 Proton X90 is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, augmented with mild hybrid technology for a total system output of 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

In addition to providing a slight boost in power, the mild hybrid system also helps reduce fuel consumption thanks to a new glide feature that automatically disengages (and sometimes shutting down) the engine when coasting. Just like our Malaysian car, the Proton X90 also comes with a unique multi-link rear suspension, compared to the simpler torsion beam found on the Geely Haoyue/Okavango.

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Standard equipment on all variants include the 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and daytime-running lights, LED front fog lamps, keyless entry with remote start, fabric upholstery, dual-zone climate controls, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system paired with six speakers.

Moving up the variant offerings will get you more creature comfort niceties including the 10-inch digital instrument cluster display, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, powered tailgate, powered and ventilated front seats, 360-degree surround view monitor, a panoramic sunroof, as well as the advanced driver assistance suite.

The range-topping Flagship variant is the only one that comes with a six-seater configuration, with ventilated captain chairs in the second row for a 2-2-2 seating layout. All other variants come with seven seats, featuring regular bench seating on the second row.

Similar to its home country, the Proton X90 is also offered with a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty in all three export markets. Reports from Brunei also indicated that the SUV received a warm welcome in the nation, with the first batch coming from Tanjung Malim now already fully sold out.

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