Proton is expected to launch the X70 in early November, its first new model and first SUV model after being acquired by China’s Geely Group in 2017. The initial batch will come in CBU form with CKD to follow. Order book was opened 2 months ago in September and the bookings had stacked up pretty well prior to this official launch.
The X70 is powered by a 1.8-litre TGDi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that can produce up to 181 hp and 285 Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The X70 is able to complete from static to 100km/h in 10.5 seconds and claimed a combined fuel consumption of 12.8 km/l (7.8 litres per 100km).
There are four variants available for the X70 model, namely the Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, the only all-wheel version of Executive AWD and to the top notch Premium 2WD. It is a little down as there is only 1 all-wheel drive version and it’s not for the top notch of the Premium range. All variants come with ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and six airbags as the standard feature.
OVERVIEW OF SPECS
Standard 2WD – 17” Alloy Wheels, Six Airbags, Halogen Headlamps, 8” Touchscreen Head Unit and Rear View Camera, Fabric Seats
Executive 2WD – Addition to Standard 2WD, 18” Alloy Wheels, LED Headlamps, Driver Power Seat, 360 Degree All-Around View Cameras, Leatherette Seats
Executive AWD – Addition to Executive 2WD, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Premium 2WD – Addition to Executive AWD, Advanced Driver Assistance System, Panoramic Sunroof, Nappa Leather Seats, Front Passenger Power Seat
The Proton X70 comes with five colours option, i.e. Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey, Cinnamon Brown and Flame Red. Only the highest spec Premium 2WD is available in all colours, with Flame Red as its exclusive colour. The Executive 2WD is available in four colours, while the other two variants come in two colours each.
Interior wise, the Standard variant comes with the fabric seats, while the Executive will have leatherette seats. Both variants come with the black coloured interior trim. The Premium gets the Nappa leather seats and trim, both in brown. All gets the 8” touch screen head unit and 8-speakers as standard feature, with Premium 2WD receives additional speaker (subwoofer) installed in the boot.
The Premium 2WD equips with some safety features that placed it ahead of the Japanese SUVs, amongst those are the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). The X70’s camera and radar- powered ADAS includes the adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning and blind spot information system (BLIS).
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