Embarking on a road trip is not only a good way to explore the world, but also a means to form a closer “bond” with your car. This morning, a group of Proton X70 owners began their journey from the Proton Centre of Excellence, but their trip won’t take them to Penang or Johor. Instead, they will drive over 13,000 km to Hangzhou, China, to the headquarters of the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

The entire round trip, which takes 33 days, will see the participants pass through 13 cities across four countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and China), before ending at back where they started. The convoy, organised by the Borneo Automobile Leisure Touring Team and the Kunming Scenery-Customer International Travel, consists of nine X70s of different variants along with other vehicles.

All the X70s you see here are owned by the participants themselves, and they will be supported by Proton and its local partners in Thailand and Laos to provide maintenance work if required. Any other expenses will be borne by the members of the convoy themselves.

Based on the schedule posted on the group’s official website, the convoy is expected to reach Hangzhou by March 12, and will arrive at the Centre of Excellence on March 28. We wish them the best of luck on their journey.

“While this is a private initiative, PROTON is happy to offer its support as a sign of appreciation to its customers. The Proton X70 has been very well received by Malaysians and we hope that by showing regional car buyers its capabilities, we will be laying the groundwork for future export sales success,” said Datuk Radzaif Mohamed, deputy chief executive officer at Proton.

The X70 was launched in December last year, with four variants offered that are priced between RM99,800 and RM123,800. Powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (181 hp and 285 Nm of torque), the X70 features a six-speed automatic transmission, and on the top-spec variant, the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) suite. The national carmaker’s first SUV is also the star in our Driven Web Series, where we pitted it against nameplates like the Honda CR-V and Subaru XV.