Proton X70 – All You Need To Know
All of us know Proton, the Malaysian born automaker that has been fulfilling the car-owning dreams of people across the country. Ever since its inception, the brand is known to produce simple, full of utility cars that are both affordable and easy to maintain. However, over the years, Proton keep dropping hints of expanding its reach beyond Malaysia. Working towards which lead up to Proton-Geely partnership, wherein the Chinese automaker brought 49.99 percent of the stock in the former. This deal got Proton to access to Geely’s tech and R&D. The output of which is the awaited and much-talked-about Proton X70.
The Malaysia-born automaker first teased the new X70 with a teaser image, and it soon picked momentum and became the talk-of-the-town. The Proton is expected to bring the all-new X70 soon, hopefully in upcoming months. However, the company recently gave the industry giants and well-known auto journalists a sneak-peek into the X70 world. And the reviews post the preview were amazing, everyone from old-school to new age brains appreciated the new Proton car. While some liked its styling, others were amazed by its premium quality. In short, with the new X70, Proton is on a swift journey, i.e., from standard to premium.
If you missed out on Proton X70 updates and are in a mood to fast catch-up with the car and the chit-chat around it, this is the article for you. So, let’s get started with Proton X70 specs, variant, and all that there is to know about this car.
Proton X70 body type
Proton X70 is built on Geely’s now running car platform, the Boyue. The Geely Boyue is a sport utility vehicle that’s liked and is doing quite well in the home country. After the initial acquisition, Geely’s transferred this very car’s platform to Proton, and every since that day the Malaysian based auto company is working towards building its first SUV. This makes the X70, Proton’s first SUV.
All-new X70 variants
According to the information sourced from the company, the X70 will be offered in four variants – three two-wheel drive and one all-wheel-drive option. Thus, making sure the needs of every user gets satisfied. While the range-topping X70 slot is served by Premium 2WD trim, the base option gets Standard 2WD, followed by Executive 2WD and Executive AWD options.
The X70 is powered by a 1.8-litre turbo engine that is sourced from the Geely Boyue. Mirroring the Boyue specifications, this mill expected to produce 181 PS of power and 285 Nm of torque under X70’s hood. In all the trims, the engine would come mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters offered in top variant.
Mileage and performance specs
Most of the information we source come from the Chinese car in question, the Boyue. However, since both the cars share the same platform and engine tunning, we expect them to deliver identical performance figures. Post X70 launch in Malaysia, the SUV is believed to touch the 100 kmph mark from a halt in sub-10 seconds, while attaining a top speed of 200 kmph. As for the fuel economy figure the X70 is expected to deliver 12.8 kmph.
Features on offer
As per the preview session held recently, the new X70 looks plush, more like a Europen car than a Proton. That’s a commendable shift we must say. The quality of the material used whether on seats or dashboard feels top-notch and suggest that the car is built with utter precision. Unlike most Chinese vehicles, this one doesn’t mimic any other car, and instead has a personality of its own. Keeping the passengers and driver happy, the car is tucked with features like –
Dual-zone AC with rear vents
LED Projector lights
Dashcam supporting the rearview camera
Remote control for smartphone
Safety kit includes –
ABS with EBD
Autonomous emergency braking
Blind spot monitor
Adaptive cruise control
X70 price and competitors
It is known that Proton plans to manufacture the X70 locally. Therefore, we expect the car to be priced reasonably. It is expected to hold a starting price tag of RM 80,000 with the range-topping trim costing around RM 94,000. The basic service will rest around RM 4500 per 15000 km. Talking about its rivals, the X70 will give fierce competition to the likes of Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Hyundai CR-V.
All in all, the Proton X70 is a great SUV to look at, however, once the car enters the mainstream auto market, will we be able to analyze its real potential. Until then everything seems bright and promising.