Written by Proton South Africa
*Photography credit: Jameel Ismail, Automotive Content Creator
The Proton X50 has captured the hearts of car enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike with its stunning design, cutting-edge technology, and impressive performance upon its introduction in South Africa. But what sets this compact SUV apart from the competition is its remarkable partnership with Geely and the incorporation of the VOLVO drivetrain.
The Powerhouse Partnership: Proton and Geely
Before we delve deep into the Proton X50’s engine and drivetrain, it’s significant to understand the collaborative force behind this remarkable vehicle. Proton, a renowned Malaysian automaker, joined forces with Geely, a Chinese automotive giant, in 2017. This strategic partnership was a game-changer for both companies, as it brought together Proton’s local expertise and Geely’s global prowess in automotive engineering and innovation.
Geely’s Influence on Proton X50’s Design and Technology
The Proton X50’s design showcases the influence of Geely’s world-class engineering. Its sleek and dynamic exterior draws inspiration from Geely’s innovative design philosophy. With its distinctive front grille, bold LED headlights, and sculpted body lines, the Proton SUV stands out on the road, making a bold statement of style and sophistication.
But the true magic of this partnership lies beneath the surface. The Proton X50 benefits from Geely’s advanced technology, including cutting-edge safety features.
The Heart of the Proton X50: VOLVO Drivetrain
One of the most exciting aspects of the Proton X50 is its heart – the engine and drivetrain. Proton didn’t just settle for a standard powertrain; it turned to a name synonymous with safety and performance in the automotive world: VOLVO.
The Proton compact SUV boasts a range of engines, and the top-of-the-line variant boasts a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine manufactured by Geely and uses technology from VOLVO. This engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, delivers an exhilarating and efficient power-packed performance. The Proton X50 offers a thrilling driving experience that’s perfect for both city commutes and long highway journeys.
The VOLVO influence doesn’t stop with the engine; the Proton X50 also benefits from advanced safety features inspired by VOLVO’s commitment to road safety. These include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. This comprehensive safety suite ensures that you and your passengers are protected at all times.
The Proton X50 is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in the automotive industry. Proton’s partnership with Geely and the integration of VOLVO drivetrain technology has resulted in a compact SUV that offers a winning combination of style, performance, and safety.
So, if you’re in the market for a compact SUV that delivers on all fronts, look no further than the Proton X50. It’s more than just a car; it’s a symbol of innovation and excellence in the automotive industry, and it’s proudly Malaysian.