The upcoming Proton SUV is due latter in 2018 and is highly anticipated. However, pricing will play a big role into the success of the SUV.
In China, the Geely Boyue sells for around 99,000 yuan to about 160,000 yuan. Based on current exchange rate (5 July 2018), that’s about 60,000 ringgit to about 98,000 ringgit. However, the cheaper models are equipped with a 2.0 litre natural aspirated engine. The cheapest model with a 1.8 litre turbocharged engine is at about 109,000 yuan or about 67,000 ringgit.
I expect that the development including the left hand drive to right hand drive conversion would add to the cost, roughly 5,000 ringgit and I’m assuming that the upcoming Proton SUV is to be only available with a 1.8 litre turbo charged engine.
Now, considering Proton’s current range of vehicles and that the upcoming Proton SUV being a C-segment SUV. It should be priced in between Proton’s current C-segment offerings: the Preve, Suprima S and Exora and Proton’s D-segment offering, the Perdana. Proton’s most expensive C-segment offering currently is the Suprima S 1.6 litre Premium variant at about 76,000 ringgit while the most affordable Perdana is the 2.0 litre variant at around 104,000 ringgit.
Making a guess, I would say that the upcoming Proton SUV will be priced in between 79,000 ringgit and 99,000 ringgit.
If my predication are true and if the upcoming Proton SUV lives up to the hype, than the upcoming Proton SUV will be a “killer deal”. Currently, the cheapest C-segment SUV in Malaysia is the Haval H2 at 100,000 ringgit and is definitely less advance than the upcoming Proton SUV.
•Featured image – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gee..._2016-04-07.jpg
•Geely Boyue prices in China – https://suv.geely.com/2018boyue/
This post has been edited by destee88: Jul 23 2018, 09:39 AM