The Proton X70 has been awarded the full five star rating by ASEAN NCAP in the latest crash safety test. What’s more impressive is that the C-segment SUV – a MY2018 Executive example – sits near the top of its segment for occupant safety.

Proton credits this achievement to its Hot Press Forming (HPF) technology for body structures, which provides a high level of protection for passengers. The combination of six airbags (standard for all variants), Isofix child mounts and seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters help the X70 achieve a perfect score for the side impact and head protection tests.

Also, the X70 was tested based on the latest 2017-2020 testing protocol, which takes into account the vehicle’s safety assist technology and carries a scoring weightage of 25%. As you would know by now, the Geely Boyue-based SUV is the first Proton model to be offered with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot information system. Click here for the full list of specs of the X70.

To compare, the X70 scored a total of 35.27 points in the adult occupant protection, ahead of the 2017 Honda CR-V 2.4 (34.02) and 2018 Toyota Rush (31.14). Both the X70 and CR-V scored the full 16 points for side impact protection, but the Proton fared better than the Honda in the frontal impact (15.27 points vs 14.76) and head protection (4.00 vs 3.26) tests. You may find the full crash test report of the X70 below.

Conversely, among the three, the X70 scored the lowest in the overall child occupant protection, with a score of 40.78. The 2018 Toyota Rush scored 41.81, and the CR-V was awarded a score of 44.76.

Proton Edar’s CEO, Abdul Rashid Musa said: “Thanks to the diligent effort of Proton’s designers and engineers, the company has managed to extend its reputation for building cars capable of protecting their occupants in the event of an accident.” Other Proton models to be awarded five stars by ASEAN NCAP are the Iriz, Persona, Preve and Suprima S.

“Aside from the advanced driver assistance system that is making its debut on a Proton model, the Proton X70 is also fitted with various convenience features such as voice command, adaptive cruise control, intelligent high beam control and a 360 camera for safe manoeuvring in tight spaces,” he added.

Moving on, the X70 will be making its first ever public debut at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018), which is set to kick off next week from November 23 to December 2. Five units of the SUV will be displayed at Proton’s booth (Level 1, Hall 1), so be sure to go up close and personal with Proton’s latest and greatest.

“Proton is now ready for our SUV to meet the Malaysian public, Visitors to KLIMS will be given full access to our show cars and we encourage everyone to explore the various design, technology, safety and performance aspects of the Proton X70 by spending some time at our interactive areas to get to know it better,” Abdul Rashid said.

“There are a lot of technological and specification firsts for Proton with this model, so we want to make sure all our customers are able to fully appreciate what we hope will be a game changer for the company.”

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