We’ve been ready for this second ever since Proton and Geely tied the knot in the midst of final yr, and that second has lastly arrived – the Proton X70 has formally been launched in Malaysia! The nationwide carmaker’s first ever SUV, unveiled by prime minister (and former Proton chairman) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the Kuala Lumpur Conference Centre this night, marks an necessary milestone as the primary mannequin inbuilt collaboration with the Chinese language conglomerate.
As ever, we’ll kick off with an important bit, and the one we’ve all been ready for – pricing. 4 variants are provided – the Commonplace 2WD at RM99,800, the Government 2WD at RM109,800, the Government AWD at RM115,800 and the Premium 2WD at RM123,800. All costs, equivalent in East and West Malaysia, are on-the-road with out insurance coverage, inclusive of a brand new unlimited-mileage guarantee (nonetheless at 5 years).
By now, you’re all properly conscious that the X70 is predicated on the Geely Boyue – in reality, the primary models come absolutely imported (CBU) from China, with a CKD locally-assembled mannequin coming subsequent yr. Even so, there’s rather a lot to unpack, with loads of Proton firsts. So let’s get straight into it.
5-seater C-segment SUV, B-segment worth
With the X70, Proton is wading into the profitable, highly-competitive C-segment SUV market, and it does so with a substantial worth benefit, retailing nearer to B-segment fashions just like the Honda HR-V. Measuring four,519 mm lengthy, 1,831 mm extensive and 1,694 mm tall, the X70 is 225 mm longer, 59 mm wider and 89 mm taller than the Honda and has a 60 mm longer wheelbase at 2,670 mm – so it’s firmly in a category above.
Towards different fashions in its class, nevertheless, the Proton is on the smaller aspect, though it’s comfortably bigger than its Korean rivals, the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. In comparison with the all-conquering Honda CR-V, the X70 is 77 mm shorter and 24 mm narrower, however it’s 15 mm taller and its wheelbase is 10 mm longer. As we’ve reported beforehand, the automotive is simply obtainable as a five-seater, with no seven-seat choice.
The design has been lifted virtually wholesale from the facelifted Boyue, so on the entrance you continue to get sharp projector headlights – halogens for the Commonplace variant, LEDs for the others – whereas the facelifted mannequin’s sportier bumper design, full with chrome fins and LED fog lights within the decrease corners, is obvious to see.
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Shifting over to the aspect, you might have the outstanding fender bulges, a beltline kink aft of the rear doorways and blacked-out D-pillars to offer it the oh-so-trendy “floating roof” look. Lastly, the rear options broad LED tail lights and twin tailpipes built-in into the rear skid plate. Finishing the look are alloy wheels measuring 17 inches on the Normal variant, 18 inches on the Government and 19 inches on the Premium.
There are a few styling cues which might be distinctive to the Proton mannequin, such because the “infinite weave” grille – stated to be impressed by conventional Malaysian wooden carvings – that replaces the Geely’s concentric design. There’s additionally the Proton script on the head- and tail lights, in addition to on the rear quantity plate garnish. The corporate has beforehand stated that the CKD model will obtain a extra thorough makeover.
As for the colors on supply, the Commonplace variant is just out there in Snow White and Armour Silver, whereas the Government 2WD good points Jet Gray and Cinnamon Brown hues; unusually sufficient, the Government AWD mannequin is simply provided in white and gray. The Premium is the one one to return with the complete vary of colors, together with the unique Flame Pink.
Carryover inside, GKUI infotainment system with voice management and AI
Step inside and also you’ll discover an inside that’s once more closely derived from the Boyue, with a gently undulating dashboard (impressed by the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China, apparently), a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a tall centre console replete with Porsche Cayenne-style seize handles.
Gadgets launched on the facelifted Boyue embrace 4 further USB ports (one on the entrance, one on the rear), plus one other port within the headlining close to the rear-view mirror for putting in a touch cam – a neat function. The Premium mannequin’s power-adjustable passenger seat additionally positive aspects Toyota Camry-esque shoulder buttons – or as Proton aptly calls them, “boss switches” – for rear passengers to push the seat forwards for extra legroom.
Once more, there are a few distinctive touches in right here, corresponding to a model of the “infinite weave” sample discovered on the speaker grilles. Talking of which, the Premium mannequin will get a Kenwood sound system with 9 audio system (Normal has six audio system, Government eight), together with a subwoofer underneath the boot flooring. One other extra useful change is the dual rear air-conditioning vents as an alternative of the Boyue’s single vent.
The spotlight of the cabin is the brand new, standard-fit Geely Sensible Ecosystem (GKUI) Android-based infotainment system, outfitted with a flush-fitting eight-inch TFT LCD touchscreen and 16 GB of inner storage. It options MirrorLink connectivity for Android smartphones, however Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are but to be supported resulting from restrictions; the corporate says they might be made out there afterward.
By far the most important function is the voice management system that makes use of synthetic intelligence know-how – identical to comparable private assistants just lately launched by Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Utilizing the activation time period, “Hello Proton”, customers can management an entire host of vehicular features, such because the local weather management, music playback, navigation and even the home windows and sunroof.
The system may also recognise pure language – saying “it’s too chilly,” for example, will increase the air-con temperature by one diploma. Supposedly, it is going to even perceive “Malaysian English”, though we’ll have to attend till we put it to the check to see if it truly works.
There are additionally numerous connectivity options enabled by the built-in Celcom eSIM. Each mannequin comes as commonplace with a primary five-year knowledge package deal, with a month-to-month quota of 1 gigabyte; different packages shall be introduced afterward, together with pricing.
With built-in cellular knowledge, you get Baidu Maps navigation, music streaming by way of Limitless Music and over-the-air software program updates. Customers also can browse numerous vehicular info resembling remaining gasoline and vary, service indicator, gasoline consumption and car location via the Proton Hyperlink smartphone app.
Behind the tailgate (not powered, sadly) sits an estimated 512 litres of boot area, which is greater than what you’d discover within the Mazda CX-5 (442 litres) and solely barely behind the bigger Honda CR-V (522 litres) and Nissan X-Path (550 litres with the third-row seats folded). The rear seats fold flat in a 60:40 cut up, however there isn’t any reclining or sliding perform obtainable.
Six airbags as commonplace, ADAS, ASEAN NCAP five-star security score
Commonplace package consists of keyless entry, push-button begin, auto headlights, auto-folding door mirrors, dual-zone local weather management with an air air purifier system, cruise management, material upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a seven-inch digital instrument show. The Government fashions add auto wipers, fake leather-based upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Shifting as much as the Government AWD provides you a tyre strain monitoring system as properly. Final however not least, the Premium variant throws in a panoramic sunroof, one-touch up/down energy home windows throughout, powered lumbar help for the driving force and Nappa leather-based upholstery for the seats and steering wheel.
Consistent with class norms, the X70 comes as normal with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake help, stability management, hill begin help and rear ISOFIX baby seat anchors, plus hill descent management on all variants. Additionally normal is a reverse digital camera, whereas Government and Premium fashions get a 360-degree digital camera system and entrance parking sensors (two cells on the Government, 4 cells on the Premium).
The Premium goes one additional with the Superior Driver Help System (ADAS), including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Ahead Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC), a Blind Spot Info System (BLIS) and Clever Excessive Beam Management (BLIS). There’s additionally a Door Opening Warning System (DOW) that alerts you in case you’re about to open a door into visitors.
All these options have allowed the X70 to attain a full five-star ASEAN NCAP security score, with a rating of 35.27 factors in grownup occupant safety (AOP) and 40.78 in baby occupant safety (COP). By comparability, the Honda CR-V nabbed 34.02 and 44.76 factors respectively.
1.eight litre turbo engine, six-speed automated gearbox throughout the vary
Powering all fashions is a 1.eight litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, making 181 hp at 5,500 rpm and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to four,400 rpm. It’s paired to a six-speed automated transmission constructed by Drivetrain Techniques Worldwide (DSI), a subsidiary of Geely. Three drive modes can be found for the powertrain – Eco, Regular and Sport.
Entrance-wheel drive is commonplace apart from the Government AWD, which, because the identify suggests, will get an all-wheel drive system developed by BorgWarner. So outfitted, the automotive is ready to ship as much as 30% of torque to the rear wheels utilizing a NexTrac electromagnetic multi-clutch coupling. Suspension is dealt with by MacPherson entrance struts and rear multilinks, and the corporate says the dealing with was fine-tuned with enter from MIRA within the UK.
Kerb weight ranges from 1,660 kg for the Commonplace 2WD to 1,725 kg for the Government AWD. Proton claims a zero-to-100 km/h time of 10.5 seconds and a gasoline consumption determine of seven.eight litres per 100 km for 2WD fashions – no figures for the AWD mannequin as but. The automotive is licensed as an Power Environment friendly Car (EEV).
Right here’s the variant breakdown intimately:
Proton X70 Commonplace 2WD – RM99,800
Will get as commonplace:
- 1.eight litre T-GDI DOHC engine
- 1,799 cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
- 184 PS (181 hp) at 5,500 rpm, 285 Nm from 1,700 to four,400 rpm
- Six-speed torque converter automated transmission with guide shift mode
- Three drive modes – Regular, Eco and Sport
- Digital energy assisted steering with Regular and Sport modes
- Digital parking brake
- MacPherson struts (entrance), multi-link with stabiliser bar (rear)
- Ventilated brake discs (entrance), strong discs (rear)
- Halogen projector headlamps with automated on/off perform
- LED rear mixture taillights
- LED entrance fog lamps
- 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/65 profile tyres
- Digital power-folding aspect mirrors
- Keyless entry
- Black leather-wrapped steering wheel with on-wheel controls
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
- Seven-inch LCD instrument cluster show
- Push-button begin
- Digital energy home windows with anti-trap for driver-side window
- Black material seats and fabric
- Manually-adjustable entrance seats
- 60:40 split-folding rear seats
- Automated dual-zone local weather management with rear vents and air purification system
- Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with voice command, on-line music streaming, navigation, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
- Proton Hyperlink App to verify car standing, distant performance
- Six audio system
- Six USB ports – one for knowledge, 5 for charging
- Tonneau cowl
- 18-inch metal spare wheel with 155/85 profile tyre
- Six airbags (entrance, aspect and curtain)
- Rear seat Isofix youngster seat anchors with prime tethers
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
- Digital Brake-Pressure Distribution (EBD)
- Brake Help
- Auto brake maintain
- Digital Stability Management (ESC)
- Traction management
- Hill Maintain Help (HHA)
- Hill Descent Management (HDC)
- Emergency Cease Sign (ESS)
- 4 rear parking sensors
- Reverse digital camera
Proton X70 Government 2WD – RM109,800
- LED projector headlamps with LED daytime operating lights (DRL)
- Automated rain-sensing wipers
- 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 profile tyres
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror
- Entrance welcome and footwell lamps
- Leatherette seats
- Eight audio system
- Two entrance parking sensors
- 360-degree digital camera
Proton X70 Government AWD – RM115,800
- Tyre Strain Monitoring System (TPMS)
Proton X70 Premium 2WD – RM123,800
- 19-inch alloy wheels with 225/55 profile tyres
- Panoramic sunroof
- Black Nappa leather-based multi-function steering wheel
- Distant open/shut all home windows and sunroof
- Digital energy home windows with anti-trap for all home windows
- Brown Nappa leather-based seats and fabric
- Eight-way powered entrance driver’s seat (with lumbar help), four-way powered entrance passenger seat (with further shoulder switches)
- Further voice command performance for the infotainment system
- 9 audio system (with amplifier and subwoofer)
- Superior Driver Help System (ADAS)
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Ahead Collision Warning (FCW)
- Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Blind Spot Info System (BLIS)
- Door Opening Warning System (DOW)
- Clever Excessive Beam Management (HBC)
- 4 entrance parking sensors
The brand new Proton X70 will probably be provided with 5 occasions free labour service and financing charges as little as 2.34% every year. Browse full specs and gear of the X70 on CarBase.my, and skim our first drive assessment of the donor automotive, the Boyue, right here.
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