The Proton X70 arrived as a fully-imported (CBU) model at the tail end of 2018, and has proven to be a hit among car buyers in Malaysia. A year later, production of the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the SUV has started at the national carmaker’s Tanjung Malim plant, which received an investment of RM1.2 billion to facilitate these efforts.

There’s certainly a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming CKD SUV, and while full details aren’t out yet, there is some preliminary information that we know of, which we’re sharing with you in this video that focuses on what to expect.

Set to be launched very soon, the X70 is expected to retain a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 181 hp, but with an extra 15 Nm of torque at 300 Nm. Other changes include the use of the new Proton badge, a powered tailgate, and possibly even a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in place of the six-speed automatic.

Currently, the X70 is offered in four variants – Standard 2WD, Executive, 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD – with prices starting at RM99,800 (OTR without insurance) and peaking at RM123,800. How much are you expecting the CKD X70 to go for? Let us know in the comments below.

GALLERY: Proton X70 CKD rollout