It’s known that Johor ruler – Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar – is fond of cars and vehicles in general, and has a lovely collection of wheels. Will the soon to be launched Proton X70 make its way into his collection?

Sultan Ibrahim’s Facebook account has just posted up images of the ruler checking out the Proton X70 and test driving the company’s first SUV. The Sultan of Johor inspected the car this morning at Istana Bukit Pelangi, Johor Bahru. He was also given a briefing on the features of the X70 by Proton deputy CEO Datuk Radzaif Mohamed and Proton Edar CEO Abdul Rashid Musa, which lasted almost an hour.

The ruler’s Royal Press Office said that HRH then proceeded to test drive the X70 in Executive AWD spec. We see that Cinnamon Brown car in these images, fitted with black leather seats. The Executive AWD is one of four X70 variants, the others being the Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD and Premium 2WD. All are powered by a 1.8 litre turbo engine with 181 hp/285 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Previewed in September, the Proton X70’s official launch will happen sometime in November, after the nationwide public preview sessions being conducted now is completed on November 4. Official details and images of the Proton X70 here.

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