One of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year – Proton’s first-ever SUV based on the Geely Boyue is all set to make its debut later this year.
However, it doesn’t have a name yet. Rumour had it that Proton was going to call it “Bayu” but looks like that is not going to be the case.
Proton today released an online survey form in which it asked the public to vote for one out of four names that have been shortlisted:
- Proton X7
- Proton PX7
- Proton X70
- Proton X700
The good news is that those who don’t like the names above can suggest an alternative name for the SUV.
Launched in early 2016, the Boyue is the fourth SUV model to be introduced by Geely. It is a mid-sized SUV competing in the same segment as the Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, and Honda CR-V.
Previewed last June in Malaysia, the SUV is most likely to be powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 185 PS and 285 Nm of torque which sends all the power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
During the preview, we also observed what appears to be a generous safety kit including six airbags, ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Brake Assist, Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Hill-Hold Control (HHC) and Hill-Descent Control (HDC).