Chinese carmaker Geely Auto has been planning on stepping into the Indian market for quite some time now. Geely had planned on entering India in 2019, soon after MG entered India with the Hector. Geely too had similar plans of launching a mid-size SUV in the Indian market. They plan on launching the ‘Proton’ series in India, starting with the Proton X50.
Geely Auto plans an elaborate set-up in Maharashtra, where they will locally manufacture their products in order to keep costs aligned with the Indian consumers’ interests. The Proton X50 was spied near Pune, which is also home to many automotive plants.
Fun Fact- Geely Auto is the parent company of Volvo!
What is the current status?
Currently, the Proton X50 is undergoing extensive testing in India. Geely auto wants to hit the most in-demand market, the mid-size SUV market. To make sure that their product stands out, they’re putting it through an elongated and extensive series of tests. There is no official statement from Geely Auto suggesting an entry in India, but rumours suggest that they have had an eye on this market for a while. They are also planning on expanding in Malaysia and other SE Asian countries.
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More about the Geely Auto Proton X50
The Proton X50 is a mid-size SUV, which can be a direct competition to the Korean twins, the Tata Harrier and the MG Hector. As seen with the Hector, the Proton X50 will also be heavily loaded with features. At the heart of the matter lies a 1.5L 3 Cylinder Petrol engine that produces 150HP and 226nm in lower variants, and 177HP and 255nm in higher variants. As of now, this engine is mated to a 7-Speed Dual-clutch transmission only. Features on the X50 include a panoramic sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park-Assist and many more. The X50 has also secured a 5-Star safety rating in the ASEAN NCAP.