Proton X70 launched in Pakistan with 1.5L TGDi engine – CBU Malaysia, RM123k-RM136k; CKD due in Q1 2021

Proton X70 launched in Pakistan with 1.5L TGDi engine – CBU Malaysia, RM123k-RM136k; CKD due in Q1 2021

At long last, the Proton X70 SUV has officially made its debut in Pakistan. For now, the C-segment SUV is only available as a CBU model, and there are two variants on offer.

The entry-level Executive AWD variant retails for Rs 4,890,000 (RM123,372), whereas the Premium 2WD goes for Rs 5,390,000 (RM135,987). Unlike Malaysian units, the X70 models sold in Pakistan are powered by a 1.5 TGDi three-cylinder engine – the same one found in the top X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship. The engine delivers 177 PS and 255 Nm of torque, and it’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The smaller 1.5L TGDi engine is favoured in Pakistan over the 1.8L TGDi four-cylinder unit we have in Malaysia because of the country’s tax structure, which favours smaller engines even more so than here. Dipping under 1,500 cc allows Proton to price the X70 much more competitively in the market.

Proton X70 launched in Pakistan with 1.5L TGDi engine – CBU Malaysia, RM123k-RM136k; CKD due in Q1 2021

During the launch event, sole distributor Al-Haj Automotive said that locally-assembled versions (built in Karachi; the plant is owned and operated by Al-Haj Auto) of the X70 will be introduced within the first quarter of 2021. That will bring prices down a fair bit – the X70 Executive CKD will be priced at Rs 4,690,000 (RM118,326), while the Premium will cost Rs 4,990,000 (RM125,895). All X70 models come with a five-year or 150,000 km warranty, which apparently is the first in the country.

In terms of specifications, both variants are pretty similar to the X70 Executive and Premium X offered in Malaysia, apart from the different engine of course. The Executive AWD gets LED headlights with LED DRLs, 18-inch wheels, keyless entry with push-start button, powered tailgate, powered driver’s seat with ventilated system, air purifier system, leatherette seats, and voice control.

The Premium model adds 19-inch wheels, foot sensor for the powered tailgate, brown Nappa leather seats, panoramic sunroof, and the full suite of advanced driver assist system. This comprises AEB, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot information system, door opening warning system, and intelligent high beam control.

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Exterior colour choices are nearly the same as Malaysian models, too. The palette includes Snow White, Armour Silver, Ruby Red, Space Grey and Quartz Black (previously only available on government vehicles in Malaysia, but has recently been sold to the public in small batches). The Jet Grey and Cinnamon Brown options, however, are not available in Pakistan. You may watch the launch event, here.

Besides the X70, Proton Pakistan will also be introducing the Saga in January 2021. Three variants have been touted, which will be the Standard MT, Standard AT, and Premium AT. A smaller 1,298 cc four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine will be used to benefit from the country’s sub 1.3 litre tax bracket, thought outputs are curiously similar to the Malaysian market S4PE engine’s 95 PS and 120 Nm.

Following this, Proton will soon have a few more export market launches. The new X50 will be launched in Brunei, while the latest Saga will be introduced in Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal and Kenya.

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  • Civic Turbo 2018 on Dec 21, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    CBU quality must be 1st-class

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    • Amran on Dec 21, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Syukur.. still cheaper in malaysia. Jom beli x70.

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      • Celup King on Dec 22, 2020 at 1:13 am

        Haters used to complain Proton export car prices cheaper now we are still the cheapest. Ambik ko.

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  • FudgeMeSideways on Dec 21, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    How is Proton’s sale in Pakistan thus far? Any figures?

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    • Usman Ansari on Dec 21, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      X70 was launched just 2 days ago.. deliveries are yet to commence, however according to unofficial sources some 400 odd units of these are booked already. Premium FWD is high in demands whereas dealers are facing hard to convince buyers for Exec AWD

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  • Civic 1.5 CVT on Dec 21, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    X70 1.8TGDi RM 89k
    X70 1.5TGDi RM 79k

    Pakistan get CBU RHD Malaysia cars, but RM 123k to RM 136k.
    Up 50%.

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    • Civic 1.5 CVT on Dec 21, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      After learning the damn cheap price for Pakistanist,
      Congratulations to Proton. CBU from far SEA Malaysia yet cheaper than others.

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  • Civic 1.5 CVT on Dec 21, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    At partisan, its cheaper than a few sub-Premium rivals such as :

    1. MG HS 1.5T 6 airbags
    2. Hyundai Tucson 2.0NA 2airbags
    3. Kia Sportage 2.0NA 2airbags

    Which are priced at 5.4 to 5.6Million PKR.

    Proton X70 1.5Tgdi for Pakistanist only 4.7 to 5.0Million PKR.
    More than 10% cheaper than rivals.

    It better sells good for being a cheapest option there.

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    • powerbank on Dec 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      This premium segment Proton X70 selling at cainis brand, basement prices a ohsem bargain.

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  • We can see that Geely is serious in getting Proton as a major exporter.

    The rest of the makers here are just assemblers just to cater for the local market due to the tax structure.
    Having said that, they are only assemblers here also because of unfavorable the ‘policies’.

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  • Is that why local buyer have to wait more than 3 months for a new unit to be delivered?

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