Proton begins testing a Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla rival in Malaysia

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Proton begins testing a Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla rival in Malaysia

In Malaysia, Proton Holdings has started testing a small vehicle.

According to an update from a well-known Malaysian automotive news source, Paul Tan, the vehicle in issue is a Proton S50 based on the appearance of the camouflaged test unit. The compact sedan, sold as the Geely Emgrand in China, will go up against the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and other C-segment cars there.

A CVT automatic transmission on the Emgrand in China transfers 114 horsepower (hp) and 147 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque to the front wheels from its normally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine.

According to Proton CEO Roslan Abdullah, a premium version for Malaysia would have a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that generates 150 horsepower and 226 Nm of torque. This engine will also drive the front wheels via a DCT automatic transmission.

The sedan is supported by the same Geely BMA platform as supports the Proton X50 SUV. Although the S50’s launch date and pricing are not yet confirmed, rumors that it would shortly replace the Proton Preve make it seem likely that Malaysia will see its release.

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