The Proton X90 was launched last week in conjunction with the company’s 40th anniversary. Not only this is Proton’s first three-row SUV, but the X90 is also their first New Energy Vehicle (NEV) as it runs on a mild-hybrid engine. When the Proton X90’s pricing was revealed, many Malaysians complained that the price was too high and the new SUV is just overpriced. To find out if the claims are true, Amin and Alex are taking a deep dive into the X90’s specs and features and comparing it with other 7-seater competitors in the market.
To recap, the Proton X90 comes in a total of four variants starting with the base Standard model at RM123,800, which is the same price as the Proton X70 1.5 TGDi Premium. This is followed by the X90 Executive at RM130,800, X90 Premium at RM144,800 and the top-of-the-line 6-seater Flagship at RM152,800.
All X90 versions are 2WD models powered by a 1.5-litre direct-injected turbocharged 3-cylinder engine supplemented by a mild hybrid system that consists of a 48V belt starter-generator (BSG) and a lithium-ion battery. Despite being a 3-cylinder engine, the X90’s mild-hybrid system delivers 187hp and 300Nm of torque while claiming a fuel economy of 6.8 litres per 100km.
The Proton X90 as a 6- or 7-seater competes against the likes of the Mazda CX-8, Nissan X-Trail, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the Peugeot 5008. Watch our Let’s Talk About video below to find out what we think of the Proton X90: