The partnership between Proton and Geely is starting to bear fruit, with the launch of the X70 SUV imminent – and it won’t stop there. The national carmaker will also benefit from its Chinese suitor’s iNTEC range of technologies, a fact that was intimated by its deputy CEO Datuk Radzaif Mohamed during a roundtable discussion at the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Conference (KLIAC) 2018 today.

Seeing as these technologies are already found on the Geely Boyue on which the X70 is based, as well as the Binyue B-segment crossover and Jiaji MPV that Proton will inherit over the coming years, that will come as no big surprise – but it does further underline Geely’s commitment to Proton.

iNTEC centres around five main pillars, namely G-Safety, G-Netlink, G-Power, G-Blue and G-Pilot. G-Safety, as the name suggests, refers to safety features that are both active (autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, stability control) and passive (high-strength steel body, advanced seat belts and airbags) in nature.

On the infotainment side is the G-Netlink system, which features smartphone connectivity, voice control, advanced navigation, music streaming and remote control of the vehicle’s functions through a smartphone app. The latest Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI), making its way to the X70, is an evolution of this system.

As for G-Power, that’s the blanket term for Geely’s latest engines with turbocharging and direct injection, as well as a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission co-developed with Volvo. G-Blue, on the other hand, is the name of Geely’s technologies for ensuring a healthy environment inside the car (Air Quality Management) and out (eco-friendly materials, alternative fuels, lightweight design).

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Last but not least are G-Pilot autonomous technologies, which include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, parking assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive high beam and crash detection and avoidance.

Radzaif also confirmed that the X70 will be a certified energy efficient vehicle (EEV), and that Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant will be outfitted with new technologies – a move that embraces the Industry 4.0 concept to be highlighted in the forthcoming review of the National Automotive Policy (NAP). These technologies include intelligent Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), a Visual Quality System (VQS) for production and after sales parts, and 3D printers for additive manufacturing.