Proton X30 SUV – will Proton go downmarket to compete with the Perodua Ativa and Honda WR-V?

Proton X30 front

This can be a rendering by Theophilus Chin on what a Proton X30 might appear to be, utilizing the newest Geely “Starburst Imaginative and prescient” SUV styling discovered on fashions such because the Boyue Cool and Boyue L.

Ever because the Perodua Ativa reignited the marketplace for a sub-B SUV in Malaysia, different carmakers similar to Honda have determined to observe swimsuit in an try and take among the Ativa’s gross sales numbers.

One confirmed instance is the Honda WR-V, which has already been seen on check round Malaysia and is predicted to be regionally assembled at Honda’s Pegoh plant in Melaka.

Proton X30 rear

So the query now could be, if even Honda goes after the Ativa SUV market share, will Proton go downmarket and play in that worth vary as properly? Proton’s subsequent launch is predicted to be the Proton S50 sedan, would an X30 come after that?

Presently there doesn’t appear to be any trendy Geely mannequin that may very well be an acceptable donor automobile for a possible Proton X30. Nonetheless, lately Geely exhibited an older however lately up to date mannequin known as the Geely GX3 Professional on the 2023 Manila Worldwide Auto Present. It’s a subcompact SUV just like the WR-V, powered by a 1.5 litre usually aspirated engine and a CVT gearbox.

In the mean time, Perodua appears to be going upmarket with an upcoming mannequin codenamed the Perodua D66B, which many have began calling the Perodua Nexis.

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