On 26 February, nine units of the Proton X70 departed Proton’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) on an overland journey to China. Organised by Borneo Automobile Leisure Touring and Kunming Scenery-Customer International Travel Co, supported by Proton, the Proton X70 Malaysia-China Amazing Trip 2019 covered more than 13,000 km in 33 days over four countries. The group has reach home safely.

If the trip was to prove the X70’s reliability, then it passed with flying colours. There were no breakdowns reported and all nine SUVs completed the route without requiring any repairs except for scheduled servicing.

The participants praised the “enthusiastic performance and refined cabin” of the X70, which made long days behind the wheel effortless, the group claimed. Those in the X70 Premium further enjoyed the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and features such as Nappa leather seats.

“We were already impressed by the high levels of comfort and refinement the Proton X70 has and after spending 33 days driving over 13,000 km on unpredictable roads, I am convinced this is one of the best choices in its class,” said Datuk Wong Kean Hwee, an Amazing Trip 2019 participant.

“An epic journey to China offers the chance to experience many different cultures along the way. Choosing the wrong vehicle for the trip however can make it seem very long and tiring so I am delighted with how the Proton X70 performed. It was reliable, comfortable and refined, which means it will be a pleasure to drive on a daily basis,” added Lim Mee.

As the Proton X70 is not yet sold outside of Malaysia, technical assistance was arranged by Proton at dealer locations and service centres along the route, where possible. In China, servicing and support was provided by Geely dealers, who are of course already familiar with the Boyue SUV that the X70 is based on.

Event director Dr Ling Tung King said: “Through this Amazing Trip 2019, we built strong bonds not only with the Proton X70 owners, but also with Proton. With this, I would like to thank Proton for their support as this shows that Proton really cares for its customers.”

While the trip went through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos, the majority of time was spent in China where the convoy travelled through various regions before reaching the halfway point at Hangzhou, where the convoy turned back for Malaysia. Hangzhou is of course Geely’s home city, and the group visited the carmaker’s HQ and toured the Geely Experience Centre.

According to Proton, participants had the chance to learn more about its JV partner, its carmaking history and also got a sneak peak at models that could potentially be future Protons.

“While Proton is proud of its own capabilities, we are also happy to share more information about our joint venture partner, Geely, with the participants of the Amazing Trip 2019. We want as many Malaysians as possible to gain an understanding of the relationship between the two companies so that more people will understand about the exciting future for Proton,” said Dr Li Chunrong, CEO of Proton.

GALLERY: Proton X70 convoy departing Proton CoE