The next car that Proton is expected to launch is the Proton X90, a front wheel drive SUV-style body with three rows of seating for 7 passengers.
That’s exactly the direction the new 2023 Toyota Innova is taking. Unlike the previous IMV ladder-frame based product, the new Toyota Innova (known as the Innova Genix in Indonesia) is now based on the front-wheel drive TNGA-C platform, with seating for 7 passengers in three rows and an SUV-like body.
We think that these two products will take the lead in Malaysia so we decided to come up with a brief guide to what the Proton X90 and 2023 Toyota Innova have to offer.
How does the Proton X90 and Innova Xenix compare in size?
As you can see from the table above, the X90 looks like it’s slightly larger than the Innova Xenix. It is long and wide, but slightly short in height despite having slightly higher ground clearance. Innova has a long wheelbase.
We couldn’t find any information on how much the Innova weighs anywhere on the internet, although some Indonesian media have reported that switching to the TNGA platform saves around 170kg compared to the outgoing IMV Innova. As a reference, the IMV Innova weighs 1,735kg in Malaysian 2.0X spec.
Another thing to note is that the ground clearance may change when these cars arrive in Malaysia, as the local distributor may decide to specify something different. Our Malaysian spec Toyota Veloz has lower ground clearance compared to the Indonesian Veloz.
How do the seats compare between the two cars?
The Proton X90 seats seven in three rows in a 2-3-2 configuration. Interestingly the second row bench is not a 60:40 split, but an even 33:33:33 split. It probably makes a difference to middle passenger comfort as the rear seat is sculpted. Each of the three seats in the middle row can be slid back and forth individually.
Access to the third row is by tilting and then sliding the second row seat forward, which can be done in a single motion.
For the Toyota Innova Genix, you have two different types of interiors. You can have a 7-seater in a 2-3-2 configuration or a 6-seater with a 2-2-2 configuration where the second row bench is replaced with captain’s seats with ottoman legrests. Probably great to use with Indonesia Supir.
The second-row three-seat bench version of the Innova Xenix is configured with a 60:40 split, adjustable middle seatback in two sections with backrest and slide and a fold-down center armrest if you don’t need to use the middle seat. .
Both cars have a third row that can fit two with head rests. They look big enough for adults based on the photos, but we can’t be sure of the comfort level until we try them on ourselves.
How about luggage space?
There is no official information on the Toyota Indonesia website, but third-party sources on the Internet have quoted a 300 liter bootspace for the Innova Genix.
For the Proton X90, the official spec sheet cites 257L of boot space with the third row up, expandable to 1200L with the third row down.
What are the engine options?
The Geely counterpart of the Proton X90 is available with different engines globally. An option is a 1.8 liter GDI turbo engine that produces 181 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm.
In the Philippines, it uses a 1.5 liter turbo engine with a 48V mild hybrid system, with a total output of 190 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,500-4,000 rpm.
We might get the same engine as in the Philippines as Proton showcased the 48V hybrid engine in November 2021. The government is pushing for more electrification efforts from the two big local players, and Perodua is already offering an Ativa hybrid for lease. Proton has a chance to show the government that it also has a hybrid offering.
For the Toyota Innova Genix, two engine options are available. First is a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine found in the facelifted Camry. It produces 174 PS at 6,600 rpm and 205 Nm of torque from 4,500 to 4,900 rpm, which is on the high side for a normally aspirated 2.0 engine.
Those interested in more technical and fuel efficiency will love the concept of an Innova Genix Hybrid, which matches a 152 PS, 187 Nm 2.0 liter dynamic force to a 113 PS, 205 Nm electric motor with a total system output of 186 PS. The hybrid system’s battery is of the NiMH type, which Toyota says will be better suited to Indonesia’s hot weather, installed under the two front seats.
How safe are these two person movers?
For a people mover that will transport your family, safety will be a concern. ASEAN NCAP has yet to test either model, so we don’t have any crash test results to show.
In terms of airbags, the Innova in Indonesia can be had with 2 or 6 airbags, with the 6 airbag option reserved for the top of the range Q HV model. Of course this won’t necessarily be the case in other markets, the product planning department can specify maximum airbags for all variants if they choose.
There’s also ABS, stability control, blind spot assist, and the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of safety and driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking and dynamic radar cruise control.
For Proton X90, it has 6 airbags. We know the Okavango model is available with AEB. Radar adaptive cruise control, and even a Level 2 ICC Smart Pilot system in some markets but we don’t know which will or could be introduced here. The Philippine model is focused on being affordable so it misses out on all of this.
How much will these cars cost?
In the Philippine market, the Coolray (Proton X50) is priced from PHP 1,073,000 (RM85k). The Azkarra (Proton X70) is priced from PHP 1,788,000 (RM142k), more expensive than the X70 in Malaysia, but note that this is for a version that includes a 48V hybrid system.
The starting price of the Okavango (X90) in the Philippines is surprisingly cheaper than the X70, at PHP 1,503,000 (RM120k) but goes up to PHP 1,765,000 (140k) for the highest spec.
With the Proton X50 priced from RM86,300 to RM113,300 and the Proton X70 priced from RM98,800 to RM128,800, we think the Proton X90 will easily be priced in the RM130k-150k range.
In case of Toyota Innova Genix, the price of the new model has increased significantly compared to the outgoing Innova model. The predecessor was priced from IDR369.6 million to IDR471.9 million while the new one starts at IDR419 million and goes up to IDR601.15 million for the range-topping Q HV Hybrid model.
With the outgoing Innova retailing from RM123,880 to RM141,880 in Malaysia, we can expect a similar price hike.
Share your thoughts with us!
Are you in the market for a three-row people mover next year? Do you prefer Proton X90 or Toyota Innova Genix? We bring you two videos from our ASEAN neighbors so you can see these two models in detail
Gallery: 2023 Proton X90 spyshots
Gallery: Geely Haoyue
Gallery: Toyota Innova Genix