The Proton X70 has been launched in Brunei, with distribution of the SUV model handled by PAD Motors. Our Borneo neighbour is the first export market for the X70, and customers there will get to choose from three variants.

In terms of pricing, the base Standard 2WD goes for B$32,500 (RM98,028), while the mid-tier Executive 2WD retails at B$36,000 (RM108,585). Meanwhile, the range-topping Premium 2WD is priced at B$39,000 (RM117,634). These prices include a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, as well as five times free labour service.

By comparison, the Honda CR-V sold in Brunei, which is offered in a sole 1.5 RVSi-B VTEC Turbo variant, has an on-the-road price of B$55,000 (RM168,162). Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 is priced between B$43,925 and B$48,527 (RM134,234 to RM148,298) based on the most recent approved car price list (as of February 28, 2019) issued by Brunei’s ministry of finance and economy.

All X70 variants are powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, which serves up 181 hp and 285 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the front wheels.

The X70 in Brunei also gets the Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI) Android-based infotainment system, which features an eight-inch TFT LCD touchscreen, MirrorLink connectivity for Android smartphones and voice command that responds to the activation term, “Hi Proton.”

In terms of safety kit, all variants come with six airbags, Isofix child seat anchors, ABS, EBD, brake assist, auto brake hold, ESC, traction control, hill hold assist and hill descent control.

The Executive and Premium variants add on an around-view monitor, but it is the latter that gets a suite of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). These include Automatic Emergency Brake (AEB), Front Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Door Opening Warning System (DOW) and Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC).

As for colour options, the X70 is offered with the following paint finishes: Snow White, Jet Grey, Cinnamon Brown, Armour Silver and Flame Red.

With the X70 now introduced in Brunei, the next stop for the SUV is likely Indonesia, as revealed by Rully Septiadi, head of marketing at Proton Edar Indonesia (PEI), in a previous report. Other markets like Bahrain are said to be under consideration as well.