Proton X70 SUV Archive

  • Proton X70 – 15,000 bookings, 2,000 units delivered

    Customer interest in the Proton X70 continues unabated, with the national automaker having received more than 15,000 bookings for the SUV since it was officially launched on December 12 last year. To date, over 2,000 units have been delivered to customers in the five weeks since the car was introduced, and the company says that it is working to accelerate the delivery rate in the coming months.

    “Proton is very thankful for the support Malaysians have shown for the X70 and we are repaying their faith by trying to deliver units as quickly as we can. This is the start the company was looking for and we hope to keep the momentum going for our other activities throughout the year,” said Proton deputy CEO Datuk Radzaif Mohamed.

    Presently, the X70 is being sold as a fully imported (CBU) model from China, and is available in four variants with prices starting from RM99,800. Local assembly (CKD) of the SUV is slated to begin around October 2019 once plant expansion initiatives at Proton’s Tanjung Malim site are completed.

    The national carmaker had announced last year that it will be investing RM1.2 billion to upgrade its Tanjung Malim facility, which will produce the X70 and next-generation Proton models.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Standard 2WD

     
     
  • Proton X70 SUV – between 200-300 bookings daily since launch; CKD production could start in Oct 2019

    Reception to the Proton X70 SUV has been encouraging following its official launch on December 12, with about 200 to 300 bookings being made daily. This is according to Proton Edar CEO Datuk Abdul Rashid Musa in a report by Bernama.

    “Strong support has continued, and this has been the best response received by Proton for a long time,” said Abdul Rashid Musa, who also noted that over 60% of the bookings made were for the range-topping Premium 2WD variant. Since the model’s launch, over 15,000 bookings have been recorded by the national carmaker.

    For now, the X70 is being sold as a fully imported (CBU) model from China, and is available in four variants with prices starting from RM99,800. Local assembly (CKD) of the SUV is slated to begin around October 2019 after plant expansion initiatives at Proton’s Tanjung Malim site are completed.

    The national carmaker previously announced it will invest RM1.2 billion to upgrade its Tanjung Malim facility, which will produce the X70 and next-generation Proton models. Set to be completed by March 2019, the plant will have a capacity of 150,000 annually.

    Abdul Rashid Musa said that Proton could sell as many X70 CBU units as allowed under approved permits while the Tanjung Malim facility is being prepared to X70 CKD production.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Standard 2WD

     
     
  • Proton Edar CEO Datuk Abdul Rashid Musa shares his thoughts on the challenges in pricing, selling the X70

    The launch of the Proton X70 in mid-December was certainly the talk of the town for Malaysians, and brings an end to a lengthy pre-launch campaign that included multiple previews and teasers spread across several months.

    In any case, the national carmaker’s first-ever SUV model is finally here and is being offered with four variants – Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD – with prices starting from RM99,800 on-the-road without insurance.

    As we’ve noticed time and again, a vehicle’s pricing is always a major talking point among the general public, and the X70 is not excluded from this. Based on the almost 300 comments posted in our launch story, some sang praises for what Proton was offering with the X70, while others had their doubts.

    So, with the opinions of the public clearly put forward, it’s time to find out what Proton’s take on the X70 after the model’s introduction. For that, we spoke to Datuk Abdul Rashid Musa, chief executive officer at Proton Edar, to gather his thoughts on the issue of pricing and the challenges involved in selling the X70.

    Datuk Abdul Rashid Musa, chief executive officer at Proton Edar

    Congratulations on the official launching of the Proton X70. Now that it has been officially revealed can you tell us why Proton chose such a long pre-launch campaign for its first SUV?

    Datuk Abdul Rashid Musa (DARM): Thank you for complementing our launch and thank you for your attendance. It was a very long journey from when we started testing the X70 to get to where we are now and along the way we embarked on several campaigns including giving sneak previews while we were still testing left-hand-drive (LHD) models.

    Proton could have released limited details and waited for the launch before we revealed everything but with the X70, we felt we needed time to win the hearts and minds of customers who may not be comfortable with the idea of buying a premium Proton SUV. Therefore we staggered the release of information and held previews to keep customer interest high. We then opened our order book early and I think the strategy has been proven to be effective based on the number of bookings we received prior to the launch.

    The deliberate build up also allowed Proton to show Malaysians we are not treating this as just another new model launch. There were numerous activities in the run-up period, from the opening of new 3S/4S outlets, to the matching of local and overseas vendors to running an extensive training programme to ensure sales and service staff were familiar with the vehicle, we did as much as possible so that customers would get a holistic premium brand experience with the product as well as at our outlets.

    The price has attracted a lot of attention and many say the Premium 2WD variant offers excellent value for money. However, some are also saying the Standard 2WD variant is too expensive. What is your comment about this?

    DARM: The price of the Proton X70 was set by taking into consideration many different factors. I have read the comments and opinions posted on social media and on the various websites so please allow me some leeway for a thorough explanation.

    Firstly, while Proton does not deny the X70 is based on the SUV (Boyue) from our joint venture partner Geely, a lot of development work had to be undertaken to create our first SUV. There are hundreds of different parts our customers do not see as taking a vehicle designed as a LHD model only and adapting it to a right-hand-drive (RHD) version is a huge undertaking.

    This isn’t the same as when Proton launched its first car as our partner at the time primarily produced RHD cars. So, with the X70, not only did we have to learn about an all-new vehicle segment but Geely also needed to learn about developing a vehicle for RHD markets.

    Secondly, the X70 is currently exclusively produced for the Malaysian market. Going forward, we will be exporting it but for now, Malaysia is the only country where it is sold. So, while we are very bullish about how many we can sell, our annual volume is roughly equivalent to slightly over one month of sales for the equivalent model in China. Therefore, production costs are naturally higher as there is less economies of scale and don’t forget, it also doesn’t share a single component with any other Proton model.

    There are other costs involved too aside from the bill of material (BOM) costs. Shipping and handling for instance needs to be added and you also have to consider the investment Proton and its dealers have to make in specialised tools, training and upgrading of the network of outlets. As a whole therefore, developing, manufacturing and launching the Proton X70 has been a costlier undertaking than many realise.

    So, now that we have established a cost base we can consider the price of the Standard variant. Critics say we priced it too high but looking at the extensive specification list, we feel the pricing is justified. Despite its positioning, it gets six SRS airbags, Auto Brake Hold, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Hold Assist (HHA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).

    It also gets a 1.8 TGDI engine, LCD combination meter, auto dual-zone air conditioning, air purifier, six USB ports and the advanced Global Key User Interface (GKUI) system that features an embedded eSIM card, preloaded apps and voice recognition. This is paired to an 8-inch Android-based touchscreen interface with a 1280×720 full colour display with 32 GB of internal memory space and allows for remote control of certain features on the X70 via the Proton Link app. It is also Wi-Fi enabled to allow for mobile hotspot capability.

    Add the extensive equipment list to the costs involved for Proton to bring the X70 to Malaysia and does the price still look too expensive? I’ll accept, many have a different view about value because we are Proton, but if this SUV wore a Japanese or European brand badge on the nose, everybody would rave about the value for money it offered.

    Proton will have to accept this limitation for now but don’t forget, this is the starting point to a new model and brand experience offensive that will bring Proton upmarket while maintaining our role as a national car maker that builds cars for Malaysians.

    That explanation makes a lot of sense but having explained about the position of the brand, can Proton then expect to sell many units of the X70 for RM123,800?

    DARM: That’s a good question and quite honestly there was some doubt internally about how the market would receive a premium priced Proton. However, I can confirm the vast majority of our pre-launch bookings has been for the Premium variant, which shows buyers are attracted to the higher equipment levels of this model and are of the opinion it is worth the extra cost.

    If you take a closer look at the specifications, paying an extra RM24,000 over the Standard 2WD variant nets a lot of extra items. Externally, for instance, the wheels grow in size to 19-inch alloys wrapped in Continental tyres while the headlamps are now LED projectors with daytime running lamps (DRL).

    Inside, the seats are trimmed in premium Nappa leather with power adjustment for the front seats including a ‘boss’ switch function while the sound system is upgraded to a nine-speaker system with a power amplifier and subwoofer. Of course, the most noticeable feature is the full-length panoramic sun roof that can be operated via voice command.

    The majority of the extra equipment though comes in the form of our Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). The 360-degree camera is also available on the Executive 2WD variant and if you go one level up, the Executive AWD variant adds on a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) too. The Premium 2WD variant however, also gets Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward 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).

    Admittedly, there are now quite a number of vehicles in the market offering a similar level of safety equipment but none is able to do so at the price of the X70 Premium 2WD and none can combine it with an infotainment head unit as advanced as our GKUI. Our customers are aware of this and I think that’s why bookings for the Premium 2WD variant are so high.

    The Proton X70 was launched with four Xtra packages. Explain to us why Proton added these packages and how they benefit X70 buyers.

    DARM: The four Xtra packages are what Proton terms as ownership packages, where being a buyer of Proton cars and the X70 in particular comes with extra benefits. The Xtra Service package for instance, gives free labour for five selected services up to 100,000 km, so during those services, owners need only pay the cost of parts and consumables. This lowers the maintenance cost, which is then boosted by the Xtra Warranty package, offering coverage for five years with unlimited mileage.

    The Xtra Low Financing Rate package also helps lower ownership costs by offering rates starting from as low as 2.34% per annum for qualified buyers. Therefore, a Proton X70 Standard 2WD variant buyer pays less than RM1250 per month on a seven-year financing package assuming they pay a 10% deposit.

    As for the Xtra Data package, one of the unique selling propositions (USP) of the Proton X70 is termed as ‘Redefined Connectivity’ so it makes sense to offer free internet data, capped at 1 GB per month for five years to our buyers.

    I must stress that Proton is the first automotive brand to do this in Malaysia, which is a reflection of how our GKUI is truly revolutionary and offers features that even vehicles costing two or three times more do not yet have. The X70 is therefore a truly connected vehicle.

    Add it all up and we believe we have an excellent combination of price and ownership packages to attract premium SUV buyers. This is reflected in the traffic we are currently seeing at Proton outlets nationwide, which has surprised us not just in the number of people coming to view the vehicle but also in the quality of potential customers. Hopefully the X70 will be the catalyst to reintroduce the brand back in to the lives of many Malaysians.

    Thank you for your time and detailed answers. Most of our readers don’t know this but you were recently awarded the title of Datuk. Congratulations. Do you have any comment on that?

    DARM: Thank you for your kind wishes. For me, receiving this honour is recognition for the work I have done together with the team at Proton. The success earned was due to teamwork so despite the title being specific to me, it is a reflection of how working together can and will bring Proton to ever greater heights. Thank you.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

     
     
  • Proton X70 vs Honda CR-V: service costs over 5 years

    It’s safe to say that Proton’s first ever SUV, the X70, is the talk of the town – and one of the questions on everyone’s lips is how much does it cost to run. The car’s pricing, which ranges from RM99,800 to RM123,800, puts it right in the middle of the hotly-contested B- and C-segment SUV markets, so we thought we’d compare the maintenance cost of the X70 to that of the segment’s big hitter, the Honda CR-V.

    Before we begin, do bear in mind that the X70 is much, much cheaper to buy in the first place, as the CR-V is priced from RM138,308 to RM163,191 – that’s a difference of around RM40,000 model-for-model. Both cars come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    We compared the price of each service interval for both cars in two-wheel drive form, with the CR-V being the 1.5 VTEC Turbo version. We calculated that, minus the cost of fuel and other consumables, the X70 would be just over RM1,000 more expensive to run over the course of five years compared to the Honda, at RM4,921.20 versus RM3,863.41. That’s not a huge difference, but the CR-V is cheaper, and here’s why.

    First of all, the Proton requires five litres of engine oil for each change, rather than just four for the CR-V, and while its air and dust/pollen filters are significantly cheaper than the Honda’s, they also need changing more frequently. As such, even though the X70 has free labour for the first five intervals (Honda offers it for alternate services), only its 30,000 km service is cheaper.

    The reverse is true for the transmission fluid – the CR-V’s CVT needs to be refilled every 40,000 km, but doing so costs a comparatively affordable RM141.50, whereas the X70 automatic gearbox hits you with a RM500.96 bill at 60,000 km. That’s also the interval for the Proton’s radiator coolant change, resulting in a rather painful sum total of RM1,269.66.

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    The trend continues further down the line, as Honda utilises more expensive parts but delays the replacements of big ticket items for later on. The CR-V’s coolant refill (RM201.05), for example, doesn’t occur until the 200,000 km mark, while the use of iridium spark plugs (pretty pricey, at RM431.05) means that they only need changing at 100,000 km, rather than every 20,000 km as with the X70.

    Running costs for the X70 are likely even more expensive when you consider that the Premium model runs on 19-inch wheels (17-inch for the Standard, 18-inch for the Executive), which would make tyre replacements much pricier than the CR-V on 18-inch rollers.

    Of course, it should be noted that these are just cost estimates based on the manufacturers’ recommendations, and that actual prices may vary depending on usage. It also goes without saying that these prices are subject to change, especially as Honda is currently offering a 15% discount on parts.

    Also of note is that the CR-V 1.5 VTEC Turbo’s engine oil changes are based on the condition of the oil, rather than mileage. We’ve taken the liberty of including the price of engine oil and oil filter for each service, but do bear in mind that these figures do not include labour charges for oil and filter changes.

     
     
  • Proton X70 SUV launched in Malaysia, from RM99,800

    We’ve been waiting for this moment ever since Proton and Geely tied the knot in the middle of last year, and that moment has finally arrived – the Proton X70 has officially been launched in Malaysia! The national carmaker’s first ever SUV, unveiled by prime minister (and former Proton chairman) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre this evening, marks an important milestone as the first model built in collaboration with the Chinese conglomerate.

    As ever, we’ll kick off with the most important bit, and the one we’ve all been waiting for – pricing. Four variants are offered – the Standard 2WD at RM99,800, the Executive 2WD at RM109,800, the Executive AWD at RM115,800 and the Premium 2WD at RM123,800. All prices, identical in East and West Malaysia, are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a new unlimited-mileage warranty (still at five years).

    By now, you are all well aware that the X70 is based on the Geely Boyue – in fact, the first units come fully imported (CBU) from China, with a CKD locally-assembled model coming next year. Even so, there’s a lot to unpack, with plenty of Proton firsts. So let’s get straight into it.

    Five-seater C-segment SUV, B-segment price

    With the X70, Proton is wading into the lucrative, highly-competitive C-segment SUV market, and it does so with a considerable price advantage, retailing closer to B-segment models like the Honda HR-V. Measuring 4,519 mm long, 1,831 mm wide and 1,694 mm tall, the X70 is 225 mm longer, 59 mm wider and 89 mm taller than the Honda and has a 60 mm longer wheelbase at 2,670 mm – so it’s firmly in a class above.

    Against other models in its class, however, the Proton is on the smaller side, although it is comfortably larger than its Korean competitors, the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. Compared to the all-conquering Honda CR-V, the X70 is 77 mm shorter and 24 mm narrower, but it’s 15 mm taller and its wheelbase is 10 mm longer. As we’ve reported previously, the car is only available as a five-seater, with no seven-seat option.

    The design has been lifted almost wholesale from the facelifted Boyue, so at the front you still get sharp projector headlights – halogens for the Standard variant, LEDs for the others – while the facelifted model’s sportier bumper design, complete with chrome fins and LED fog lights in the lower corners, is clear to see.

    Click to view the full comparison table against key rivals

    Moving over to the side, you have the prominent fender bulges, a beltline kink aft of the rear doors and blacked-out D-pillars to give it the oh-so-trendy “floating roof” look. Finally, the rear features broad LED tail lights and twin tailpipes integrated into the rear skid plate. Completing the look are alloy wheels measuring 17 inches on the Standard variant, 18 inches on the Executive and 19 inches on the Premium.

    There are a couple of styling cues that are unique to the Proton model, such as the “infinite weave” grille – said to be inspired by traditional Malaysian wood carvings – that replaces the Geely’s concentric design. There’s also the Proton script on the head- and tail lights, as well as on the rear number plate garnish. The company has previously said that the CKD version will receive a more thorough makeover.

    As for the colours on offer, the Standard variant is only available in Snow White and Armour Silver, while the Executive 2WD gains Jet Grey and Cinnamon Brown hues; strangely enough, the Executive AWD model is only offered in white and grey. The Premium is the only one to come with the full range of colours, including the exclusive Flame Red.

    Carryover interior, GKUI infotainment system with voice control and AI

    Step inside and you’ll find an interior that is again heavily derived from the Boyue, with a gently undulating dashboard (inspired by the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China, apparently), a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a tall centre console replete with Porsche Cayenne-style grab handles.

    Items introduced on the facelifted Boyue include four additional USB ports (one at the front, one at the rear), plus another port in the headlining near the rear-view mirror for installing a dash cam – a neat feature. The Premium model’s power-adjustable passenger seat also gains Toyota Camry-esque shoulder buttons – or as Proton aptly calls them, “boss switches” – for rear passengers to push the seat forwards for more legroom.

    Again, there are a couple of unique touches in here, such as a version of the “infinite weave” pattern found on the speaker grilles. Speaking of which, the Premium model gets a Kenwood sound system with nine speakers (Standard has six speakers, Executive eight), including a subwoofer under the boot floor. Another more functional change is the twin rear air-conditioning vents instead of the Boyue’s single vent.

    The highlight of the cabin is the new, standard-fit Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI) Android-based infotainment system, equipped with a flush-fitting eight-inch TFT LCD touchscreen and 16 GB of internal storage. It features MirrorLink connectivity for Android smartphones, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are yet to be supported due to restrictions; the company says they could be made available later on.

    By far the biggest feature is the voice control system that uses artificial intelligence technology – just like similar personal assistants recently introduced by Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Using the activation term, “Hi Proton”, users can control a whole host of vehicular functions, such as the climate control, music playback, navigation and even the windows and sunroof.

    The system will also recognise natural language – saying “it’s too cold,” for instance, will raise the air-con temperature by one degree. Supposedly, it will even understand “Malaysian English”, although we’ll have to wait until we put it to the test to see if it actually works.

    There are also a number of connectivity features enabled by the built-in Celcom eSIM. Every model comes as standard with a basic five-year data package, with a monthly quota of one gigabyte; other packages will be announced later on, along with pricing.

    With integrated mobile data, you get Baidu Maps navigation, music streaming via Unlimited Music and over-the-air software updates. Users can also browse various vehicular information such as remaining fuel and range, service indicator, fuel consumption and vehicle location through the Proton Link smartphone app.

    Behind the tailgate (not powered, unfortunately) sits an estimated 512 litres of boot space, which is more than what you’d find in the Mazda CX-5 (442 litres) and only slightly behind the larger Honda CR-V (522 litres) and Nissan X-Trail (550 litres with the third-row seats folded). The rear seats fold flat in a 60:40 split, but there is no reclining or sliding function available.

    Six airbags as standard, ADAS, ASEAN NCAP five-star safety rating

    Standard kit includes keyless entry, push-button start, auto headlights, auto-folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control with an air purifier system, cruise control, fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a seven-inch digital instrument display. The Executive models add auto wipers, faux leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

    Moving up to the Executive AWD gives you a tyre pressure monitoring system as well. Last but not least, the Premium variant throws in a panoramic sunroof, one-touch up/down power windows all around, powered lumbar support for the driver and Nappa leather upholstery for the seats and steering wheel.

    In keeping with class norms, the X70 comes as standard with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors, plus hill descent control on all variants. Also standard is a reverse camera, while Executive and Premium models get a 360-degree camera system and front parking sensors (two cells on the Executive, four cells on the Premium).

    The Premium goes one further with the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), adding Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Intelligent High Beam Control (BLIS). There’s also a Door Opening Warning System (DOW) that alerts you if you’re about to open a door into traffic.

    All these features have allowed the X70 to score a full five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, with a score of 35.27 points in adult occupant protection (AOP) and 40.78 in child occupant protection (COP). By comparison, the Honda CR-V nabbed 34.02 and 44.76 points respectively.

    1.8 litre turbo engine, six-speed automatic gearbox across the range

    Powering all models is a 1.8 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, making 181 hp at 5,500 rpm and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission built by Drivetrain Systems International (DSI), a subsidiary of Geely. Three drive modes are available for the powertrain – Eco, Normal and Sport.

    Front-wheel drive is standard except for the Executive AWD, which, as the name suggests, gets an all-wheel drive system developed by BorgWarner. So equipped, the car is able to send up to 30% of torque to the rear wheels using a NexTrac electromagnetic multi-clutch coupling. Suspension is handled by MacPherson front struts and rear multilinks, and the company says the handling was fine-tuned with input from MIRA in the UK.

    Kerb weight ranges from 1,660 kg for the Standard 2WD to 1,725 kg for the Executive AWD. Proton claims a zero-to-100 km/h time of 10.5 seconds and a fuel consumption figure of 7.8 litres per 100 km for 2WD models – no figures for the AWD model as yet. The car is certified as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).

    Here’s the variant breakdown in detail:

    Proton X70 Standard 2WD – RM99,800


    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.8 litre T-GDI DOHC engine
    • 1,799 cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
    • 184 PS (181 hp) at 5,500 rpm, 285 Nm from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm
    • Six-speed torque converter automatic transmission with manual shift mode
    • Three drive modes – Normal, Eco and Sport
    • Electronic power assisted steering with Normal and Sport modes
    • Electronic parking brake
    • MacPherson struts (front), multi-link with stabiliser bar (rear)
    • Ventilated brake discs (front), solid discs (rear)

    Exterior

    • Halogen projector headlamps with automatic on/off function
    • LED rear combination taillights
    • LED front fog lamps
    • 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/65 profile tyres
    • Electronic power-folding side mirrors
    • Keyless entry

    Interior

    • Black leather-wrapped steering wheel with on-wheel controls
    • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
    • Seven-inch LCD instrument cluster display
    • Push-button start
    • Electronic power windows with anti-trap for driver-side window
    • Black fabric seats and upholstery
    • Manually-adjustable front seats
    • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
    • Automatic dual-zone climate control with rear vents and air purification system
    • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with voice command, online music streaming, navigation, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
    • Proton Link App to check vehicle status, remote functionality
    • Six speakers
    • Six USB ports – one for data, five for charging
    • Tonneau cover
    • 18-inch steel spare wheel with 155/85 profile tyre

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side and curtain)
    • Rear seat Isofix child seat anchors with top tethers
    • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
    • Brake Assist
    • Auto brake hold
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • Traction control
    • Hill Hold Assist (HHA)
    • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
    • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
    • Four rear parking sensors
    • Reverse camera

    Proton X70 Executive 2WD – RM109,800


    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRL)
    • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
    • 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 profile tyres

    Interior

    • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
    • Front welcome and footwell lamps
    • Leatherette seats
    • Six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
    • Eight speakers

    Safety

    • Two front parking sensors
    • 360-degree camera

    Proton X70 Executive AWD – RM115,800


    Adds on:

    Safety

    • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

    Proton X70 Premium 2WD – RM123,800


    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • 19-inch alloy wheels with 225/55 profile tyres
    • Panoramic sunroof

    Interior

    • Black Nappa leather multi-function steering wheel
    • Remote open/close all windows and sunroof
    • Electronic power windows with anti-trap for all windows
    • Brown Nappa leather seats and upholstery
    • Powered lumbar adjustment for driver’s seat, four-way powered front passenger seat (with additional shoulder switches)
    • Additional voice command functionality for the infotainment system
    • Nine speakers (with amplifier and subwoofer)

    Safety

    • Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
      • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
      • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
      • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
      • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
      • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
      • Door Opening Warning System (DOW)
      • Intelligent High Beam Control (HBC)
    • Four front parking sensors

    The new Proton X70 will be offered with free labour for the first five service intervals and financing rates as low as 2.34% per annum. Browse full specifications and equipment of the X70 on CarBase.my, and read our first drive review of the donor car, the Boyue, here.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Standard 2WD


    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive 2WD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive AWD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

     
     
  • 2018 Proton X70 SUV – full spec-by-spec comparison

    At long last, the Proton X70 – the national carmaker’s first-ever SUV – has made its official launch debut in Malaysia. With prices starting from RM99,800 on-the-road without insurance, buyers will get to choose from four variants – Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD.

    Regardless of which one you go for, all four are powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 184 PS (181 hp) and 285 Nm of torque. A six-speed torque converter automatic transmission is also standard across the range, with drive going to the front wheels, excluding the Executive AWD that comes with all-wheel drive.

    The obvious difference here is the equipment list assigned to each variant, and to make the buying decision easier for you, we’ve prepared a spec-by-spec to show you what you stand to gain or miss out on with each of the X70’s variants. After scanning through our guide, which of the four variants do you think suits your needs best? Let us know in the comments below.

    Proton X70 Standard 2WD – RM99,800


    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.8 litre T-GDI DOHC engine
    • 1,799 cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
    • 184 PS (181 hp) at 5,500 rpm, 285 Nm from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm
    • Six-speed torque converter automatic transmission with manual shift mode
    • Three drive modes – Normal, Eco and Sport
    • Electronic power assisted steering with Normal and Sport modes
    • Electronic parking brake
    • MacPherson struts (front), multi-link with stabiliser bar (rear)
    • Ventilated brake discs (front), solid discs (rear)

    Exterior

    • Halogen projector headlamps with automatic on/off function
    • LED rear combination taillights
    • LED front fog lamps
    • 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/65 profile tyres
    • Electronic power-folding side mirrors
    • Keyless entry

    Interior

    • Black leather-wrapped steering wheel with on-wheel controls
    • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
    • Seven-inch LCD instrument cluster display
    • Push-button start
    • Electronic power windows with anti-trap for driver-side window
    • Black fabric seats and upholstery
    • Manually-adjustable front seats
    • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
    • Automatic dual-zone climate control with rear vents and air purification system
    • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with voice command, online music streaming, navigation, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
    • Proton Link App to check vehicle status, remote functionality
    • Six speakers
    • Six USB ports – one for data, five for charging
    • Tonneau cover
    • 18-inch steel spare wheel with 155/85 profile tyre

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side and curtain)
    • Rear seat Isofix child seat anchors with top tethers
    • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
    • Brake Assist
    • Auto brake hold
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • Traction control
    • Hill Hold Assist (HHA)
    • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
    • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
    • Four rear parking sensors
    • Reverse camera

    Proton X70 Executive 2WD – RM109,800


    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRL)
    • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
    • 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 profile tyres

    Interior

    • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
    • Front welcome and footwell lamps
    • Leatherette seats
    • Eight speakers

    Safety

    • Two front parking sensors
    • 360-degree camera

    Proton X70 Executive AWD – RM115,800


    Adds on:

    Safety

    • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

    Proton X70 Premium 2WD – RM123,800


    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • 19-inch alloy wheels with 225/55 profile tyres
    • Panoramic sunroof

    Interior

    • Black Nappa leather multi-function steering wheel
    • Remote open/close all windows and sunroof
    • Electronic power windows with anti-trap for all windows
    • Brown Nappa leather seats and upholstery
    • Eight-way powered front driver’s seat (with lumbar support), four-way powered front passenger seat (with additional shoulder switches)
    • Additional voice command functionality for the infotainment system
    • Nine speakers (with amplifier and subwoofer)

    Safety

    • Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
    • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
    • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
    • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
    • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
    • Door Opening Warning System (DOW)
    • Intelligent High Beam Control (HBC)
    • Four front parking sensors

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Standard 2WD


    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive 2WD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive AWD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

     
     
  • New Proton X70 vs B- and C-segment SUV rivals in Malaysia – where does it stand in size, power, kit?

    The Proton X70 has finally been launched, after what seemed like a lifetime of teasers and previews. Proton’s first SUV, which is based on the facelifted Geely Boyue, is priced from RM99,800 to RM123,800, putting it in the middle of a crowded field of SUVs on sale in Malaysia.

    The list is diverse, perhaps even more so than in Western markets. Besides the mainstream B- and C-segment SUVs sitting on car platforms, we have the Honda BR-V and Toyota Rush – the former shares a platform with a compact hatchback while the latter has rear-wheel drive underpinnings; both are marketed in developing countries. Perodua’s version of the Rush will join the fray very soon, too.

    At the other end of the scale, we have more sophisticated Continental offerings like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008, but it’s in the midfield that the X70 must convince. Proton will be persuading Rush and BR-V buyers to shell out a bit more for the entry-level X70, while tempting the urban upper middle class folks out of their default choices with the kit-loaded Premium.

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    The Proton X70 is a C-segment SUV, which means that it’s significantly larger than the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR and Mazda CX-3. At 4,519 mm long and 1,831 mm wide, it’s 225 mm longer and 59 mm wider than the HR-V, which we’ll take as the B-SUV benchmark.

    The Proton is closer to the size of the Tiguan and Mazda CX-5 (it’s 31 mm shorter and 9 mm narrower than the Mazda), but smaller than the Honda CR-V (77 mm shorter, 24 mm narrower) and Nissan X-Trail (121 mm shorter), both of which were designed to accommodate optional third rows.

    The X70’s 2,670 mm wheelbase is 10 mm longer than the CR-V’s, but is 30 mm less than the CX-5 and 35 mm shorter than the X-Trail’s.

    Proton’s first SUV is powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged engine with 182 hp (184 PS) and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm. The only Japanese C-SUV to offer a blown engine is the CR-V; its 1.5L VTEC Turbo unit offering 190 hp (+8 hp) and 243 Nm (-42 Nm). Euro brands VW (1.4L, 148 hp, 250 Nm) and Peugeot (1.6L, 165 hp, 240 Nm) also went the turbo route.

    The X70 uses a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission with manual mode, like the Peugeot 3008. The Tiguan’s TSI motor is paired to a twin-clutch auto gearbox. Elsewhere, the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail both offer the choice of 2.0L and 2.5L naturally aspirated engines (Mazda also has a 2.2L turbodiesel option) – the former with a 6AT and the latter with a CVT. The Honda CR-V is also CVT-equipped.

    Proton offers a single all-wheel drive option (Executive AWD), but the other three variants are front-wheel drive, including the top-spec Premium. The CR-V, CX-5 and X-Trail can be had in FWD or AWD as well, but the Tiguan and 3008 are FWD-only. Conversely, the Subaru XV is AWD-only. The B-segment players listed here are all FWD.

    Aside from design, equipment is one of the X70’s strong points. The base model comes with halogen headlamps and fabric seats, but the Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI) Android-based infotainment system with navigation, music streaming and voice control with artificial intelligence is standard across the range.

    Also across the board are keyless entry and push start, dual-zone auto air con with rear vents and air purification system, six airbags, ESC, Hill Descent Control and a reverse camera.

    The mid-range Executive adds on LED headlights and daytime running lights, 18-inch rims, faux leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, auto wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, front parking sensors and a 360-degree camera. The Executive AWD has all of the above, plus a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    The car you see here, and in the brochures, is the Premium 2WD, which sports 19-inch rims and a panoramic sunroof on the outside. Inside, the top X70 gets Nappa leather for the steering and seats, remote opening windows/sunroof, eight-way powered driver’s seat (with lumbar), four-way powered front passenger seat (with switches close to the driver, Camry-style), voice command, and nine speakers (with amp and subwoofer).

    The range-topper’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward 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 (HBC).

    The Premium’s glass roof is unique in the field, and the only other SUV here to have ACC is the top-spec CR-V with Honda Sensing. AEB is getting more common these days, but of the lot, it’s only found on the X70, CR-V, CX-5 and Toyota Rush. Yes, even the Conti choices here don’t come with AEB and ACC.

    Five-star ASEAN NCAP-rated Proton aside, only the CR-V and CX-5 can be had with a “full suite” of driver assist systems – however, the Honda misses out on auto high beam, and the Mazda omits ACC. As for the 360-degree parking camera, the other SUVs to have it are the Nissan X-Trail and Toyota Rush.

    There you have it – the Proton X70 is a C-segment sized SUV with pricing that closely mirrors the smaller Honda HR-V. Besides the turbo engine, what really sets it apart on paper is equipment, especially when it comes to safety and driver assist systems. Honda and Mazda do offer their own safety suites (at a higher price point – RM163,191 for the CR-V 1.5TC Premium 2WD, and from RM148,214 for GLS-spec CX-5s, respectively), but the X70’s is comprehensive and unmatched at this price point.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Standard 2WD


    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive 2WD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive AWD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

     
     
  • Proton X70 SUV: fixed prices across Malaysia – no more extra surcharge for Sabah and Sarawak!

    This just in. Proton has revealed that prices for its newly-launched X70 SUV will be the same across the country. That is to say that the X70 in Sabah and Sarawak – where car prices are usually higher due to the extra logistic costs involve – will be priced exactly the same as those sold in Peninsular Malaysia.

    To recap, the X70 is available in four variants, starting with the base Standard 2WD (RM99,800), Executive 2WD (RM109,800), Executive 4WD (RM115,800) and Premium 2WD (RM123,800) – these prices apply across the nation.

    For an example, the Honda CR-V 2.0 costs RM138,308 in West Malaysia, but RM139,212 in Sabah and Sarawak. The difference isn’t huge, but that’s an extra surcharge that Proton X70 buyers do not have to foot.

    By now, you are all well aware that the X70 is based on the Geely Boyue – in fact, the first units come fully imported (CBU) from China, with a CKD locally-assembled model coming next year. Read our launch story for the full details of Proton’s first ever SUV, as well as a detailed spec-by-spec breakdown of each of the four X70 variants.

    The new Proton X70 will be offered with five times free labour service and financing rates as low as 2.34% per annum. Browse full specifications and equipment of the X70 on CarBase.my, and read our first drive review of the donor car, the Boyue, here.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Standard 2WD


    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive 2WD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive AWD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

     
     
  • Proton X70 SUV – launch date set for December 12

    By now, you’ve known almost everything you need to know about the new Proton X70 SUV, including the powertrain, infotainment system, safety and preliminary specifications – we’ve even provided you with a full gallery of the national carmaker’s new pride and joy. We’re now just waiting for the car to finally be launched, and Proton has given us a date – December 12, 2018. That’s three weeks from now.

    As you’d have all known by now, the X70 is based on the facelifted Geely Boyue, and will be offered in Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD variants. All are powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 181 hp at 5,500 rpm and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm. It’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

    We know that the X70 will come with the latest Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI) infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and voice control with artificial intelligence. We also know that the Premium model will get an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), consisting of autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and auto high beam.

    All that’s left is the price, which will be revealed at the launch – so stay tuned.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive 2WD


    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive AWD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

     
     
  • KLIMS18: Proton X70 SUV full preview, inside and out

    Still no launch yet, but Proton has finally revealed the X70 SUV in full at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) today. This means we can now give you a full gallery of the national carmaker’s new pride and joy, inside and out.

    As you’d have all known by now, the X70 is based on the facelifted Geely Boyue, and will be offered in Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD variants, with the top three present here. All are powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 181 hp at 5,500 rpm and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm.

    It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive, depending on the variant. The 2WD version gets from zero to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds and has a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.8 litres per 100 km.

    The Standard 2WD is the base model and gets halogen headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and fabric seats. The Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI) Android-based infotainment system with navigation, music streaming and voice control with artificial intelligence is fitted across the range.

    Moving up the ladder, you have the Executive 2WD variant that throws in LED headlights and daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, faux leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 360-degree camera system. Other items visible on the show units are keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, hill descent control and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster. For now, it is unclear which of these features – if any – are also fitted to the Standard model.

    Last but not least is the top-spec Premium, coming with real Nappa leather, a power-adjustable passenger seat (with shoulder buttons) and a panoramic sunroof. New additions to the variant’s kit list that weren’t fitted to the preview models we’ve seen before are the 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels wrapped in Continental UltraContact UC6 tyres (the rest get Giti Comfort SUV 520 rubber), as well as a Kenwood sound system.

    Safety-wise, all models get six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors, with the Executive AWD throwing in a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Premium is the only variant to get an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), consisting of autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and auto high beam.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive 2WD


    GALLERY: Proton X70 Executive AWD
    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

     
     
 

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