2021 Proton X70 SE launched in Malaysia – limited to 2,000 units; priced RM3,700 more at RM116,800

2021 Proton X70 SE launched in Malaysia – limited to 2,000 units; priced RM3,700 more at RM116,800

After some teasing, Proton has officially launched the new X70 Special Edition (SE) in Malaysia. Like the X70 Merdeka Edition before it, the X70 SE will be offered in limited numbers and comes with unique design touches to set it apart from regular variants in the range.

The national carmaker will only offer 2,000 units of the X70 SE to customers, which is more than the previous Merdeka Edition that had a production run of just 62 units. The X70 SE is priced at RM116,800 on-the-road without insurance and factors in the ongoing vehicle sales tax exemption (RM7,000) that ends on December 31, 2021. Bookings can now be placed online for a fee of RM99, and included in the overall sum is a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty as well as five times free labour service.

Compared to other variants, the X70 SE commands a premium of RM3,700 over the Premium 2WD (RM113,100) it is based on, while also being RM1,000 more expensive than the range-topping Premium X 2WD (RM115,800) – this is essentially the Premium 2WD with a sunroof.

The distinct styling cues that mark out the X70 SE are largely identical to the X70 Exclusive Edition (EE) that was launched in Brunei previously. For the sum paid, you’ll get a new Ocean Blue exterior paint finish, which is a hue that is not offered for normal variants. Unlike the X70 EE, we also have the option of a Ruby Red paintjob as an alternative to the blue.

Regardless of the chosen primary colour, the X70 SE comes with side mirrors, a rear spoiler and a roof finished in black for a two-tone look, which harks back to the Merdeka Edition. Adding to this is an SE emblem on the tailgate along with a new set of wheels, the latter in a design similar to those found on the Geely Boyue Pro and sized the same as what’s fitted to the Premium 2WD and Premium X 2WD variants at 19 inches.

Moving inside, you’ll find darker interior trim as well as model-specific floor mats that bear the SE badge. There’s also black Nappa leather upholstery in place of the brown that is seen in the Premium 2WD, with white and red stitching for contrast. The steering wheel also gets white contrast stitching to match the rest of the interior.

2021 Proton X70 SE launched in Malaysia – limited to 2,000 units; priced RM3,700 more at RM116,800

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Aesthetic changes aside, the rest of the X70 SE is largely unchanged from the variant it is based on. Under the bonnet, there’s still a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 184 PS (181 hp) and 300 Nm of torque. The mill is mated to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission that sends drive to the front wheels.

Similarly, the list of standard equipment includes LED headlamps, a powered tailgate with hands-free function, a seven-inch LCD instrument cluster, keyless entry and engine start, three drives modes (Normal, Eco and Sport), dual-zone air-conditioning with rear air vents and an air purifier system, an eight-inch touchscreen head unit with connected features and a nine-speaker sound system, and powered front seats (six-way driver, four-way passenger with “boss” controls).

No differences in terms of safety and driver assists either, with six airbags coming as standard along with several passive systems (ABS, EBD, brake assist, ESC and traction control). Joining the mix is hill hold assist, hill descent control, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitor, door opening warning system, automatic high beam, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360-degree camera.

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Comments

  • Looks sexy

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    • Kimchi soup on Jul 22, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      It looks outdated now. Looks very very chinish design. True that it is a china car

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      • Even this is outdated but it still looks sexy.

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        • Sam "Hailat" Loo on Jul 24, 2021 at 11:25 am

          Tried very hard to look like RR Evoque, but in the end it is still a communist car.

          Winnie The Pooh might agree with you though.

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          • Gee Lian on Apr 23, 2022 at 2:57 pm

            Better than an evo that may stall and need tender care…

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  • Style on Jul 22, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Fancy look. Rim and fender also nice

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  • Premium

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  • The best C-segment SUV in Malaysia.

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    • Rakyat Malaysia on Jul 22, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      If not the most valued for money C segment SUV in this region.

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  • Haha now it looks like the X50. Whoever bought the X50 Blue colour Flagship must be thinking they had the SExy car since the beginning of time.

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  • Celup King on Jul 22, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Stunning and fantastic change by Proton! I wish our Perodua could do something like this but all their designs is worse than donor car. I see so many ativa owners malu to show their Perodua heritage and they instead change the bumpers back to Raize OEM design plus Toyota badges. It must be very malu when people are laughing at these ativa owners.

    So pity them. Haha NOT!

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    • Okmoi on Jul 23, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      It is a complete china car except the grill design. P2 at least got lots of local content

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      • Raja Kamarul on Jul 23, 2021 at 11:14 pm

        Of course it’s a China car. Nobody is saying otherwise. P2 on the other keeps claiming to be national car. Nothing on their range is own platform or own engine or own design. P1 at least has four locally designed cars….

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  • Orbit on Jul 22, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    No more game changer la game changing comment

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  • Bad launching timing…during this tough time ppl wanna sells off their cars rather than buy new cars

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  • hazri on Jul 22, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    the only thing yang lawa – sport rim.

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  • Mr Cent-sible on Jul 22, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    I worry later no spare parts………kereta tersadai at SC

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Jul 22, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    best car in malaysia

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  • ProtonVVT Engine Power on Jul 31, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Why don’t proton use their 1.6 VVT engine for this car?

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