Proton is set to introduce a new model fitted with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine in the coming months, according to a report by The Edge.
Speaking to the publication, Proton’s Head of Engineering, Yang Jun said that the introduction of the downsized turbocharged engine is in line with the current market trend where car manufacturers are turning to forced-induction engines. This move is driven partly by demand from customers. Another factor that Yang mentioned is that turbocharged engines can deliver improved fuel consumption without compromising performance.
He added that the new model will be launched soon.
When asked by reporters, Yang did not confirm whether the move to launch a 1.5-litre turbocharged model was made after the announcement of the 2019 Budget, whereby vehicles with an engine capacity of below 1.5-litres are eligible for the targeted fuel subsidy.
The Geely Binyue is one of the models powered by the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine
The 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that Yang mentioned is part of Geely’s G Power range of engines. This particular 1.5-litre three-cylinder mill was co-developed by Geely and Volvo, and is also found in several Volvo models.
In addition to that, the move for Proton to adopt Geely’s new turbocharged engine could signal the end of its own Campro Turbo engine.