Proton Allegedly Plans An SUV Based On The Suzuki Vitara

It has emerged that Proton will add to its Asia-focused fleet of models with a Suzuki-based SUV in 2017.

Paul Tan claims to have received word from a “high-ranking Proton official” that the company is actively developing an SUV and although no official details about the vehicle have been revealed, it could be based around the Suzuki Vitara.

Proton and Suzuki already have an active partnership and the former is hard at work developing a re-badged version of the Suzuki Ertiga MPV. It’s therefore very likely that Proton will make the most of its Suzuki deal for its new SUV as well.

If the Proton SUV is indeed based around the Vitara, it can be expected to receive the same range of engines. That means a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter petrol engine delivering 118hp and 156 Nm of torque should come standard alongside a six-speed automatic transmission. Further down the road, there’s a chance Proton could borrow the 1.4-liter turbocharged Vitara S powertrain which offers up 140 hp and 220 Nm.

As with all other existing Proton models, the SUV will be sold predominately in the firm’s home market of Malaysia but there’s a chance it could make its way to South America, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Renderings via Theophilus Chin


Hyundai RM19 Midship Prototype Is A Sign Of Things To Come

Hyundai’s mid-engined sports car could arrive within three to four years.

Arizona Governor Joins Lucid Motors At Site Of Arizona Factory

The Lucid Motors factory will generate $32 billion in revenue over the next 20 years.

315 Mile Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss Desperately Needs Someone To Drive It

This Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss has a cool $2.55 million asking price.

Porsche Exclusive Creates Subtle Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe

The Porsche Cayenne Coupe in question looks subtle with its Quarzite Gray Metallic paint.

This Guy 3D-Printed His Own Tesla Cybertruck Scale Model And You Can Too

All it takes is 15 hours of work and plenty of patience, but the final result is impressive.

FCA-UAW Contract Reveals Durango Hybrid, Ram TRX Launch Date And Lots Of New Jeeps

The contract also calls for fresh models based on the Jeep Cherokee’s platform.

Buick Regal’s Demise Tipped To Kill Australia’s Holden Commodore Too

Holden has sold just 5,400 Commodores this year, which is a far cry from its illustrious past.

VW Teases Nivus Crossover Coupe For South America, Will Eventually Come To Europe

The model promises to be one of the first mainstream crossover coupes.

2021 Toyota Sienna Grows In Size As It Prepares To Battle The Chrysler Pacifica

Toyota isn’t giving up on the minivan as an all-new Sienna has been spotted in Michigan.

Billionaire Lawrence Stroll Reportedly Leading Aston Martin Takeover Bid

A low stock price and a bright future could make Aston Martin a target for investors.