Proton X70 SUV Archive

  • Proton sales up 12.6% in October – 5,093 units sold

    Following a slight slump in sales last month, Proton has revealed that sales for the month of October took a turn for the better, up 12.6% (569 units) with 5,093 units sold. Proton’s TIV market share is currently estimated to be at 10.7%. Coincidentally, Proton sold 5,083 cars in October 2017, up 13% from its sales in the preceding month.

    The national automaker cites its zero-SST pricing as the main driving factor, offering rebates of up to RM3,000 depending on the model of choice. Proton Edar CEO Abdul Rashid Musa said his team “will increase participation in road shows and carnivals to ensure we reach as many Malaysian car buyers as possible.”

    Meanwhile, in anticipation of the upcoming Proton X70, Proton has intensified product training for all staff, including administering random tests to ensure there is sufficient product knowledge. Investments in new equipment for authorised service centres are also being made – there are spares as a measure against any foreseeable shortages as well.

    “Proton is grateful for the booking support Malaysians have shown despite the Proton X70 being absent from our showroom floors. This is the most advanced model in our range, packed with features that are making their debut on a Proton car, so its success is critical to our brand revival efforts. Therefore, huge investments are being made to ensure our goals are met,” said Abdul Rashid.

    “From the opening of 3S/4S outlets, training of staff, building of new production lines at the Tanjung Malim plant and even matchmaking local and international vendors, nothing is being left to chance. Unfortunately, such detailed preparations take a lot of time, so we ask our customers to be patient for just a while longer. The wait is nearly over,” he explained.

    Proton’s first ever SUV is scheduled to be launched sometime this month, and it boasts a number of noteworthy features. To recap, there will be four variants on offer, each sharing the same 1.8 litre TGDi four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 181 hp and 285 Nm, which is enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 10.5 seconds (2WD model). A six-speed automatic with manual shift mode is standard.

    You can also read our detailed report on the X70’s new GKUI Android-based infotainment system, as well as its rather comprehensive suite of safety systems. Interested? Watch the video below for the latest round-up on the hot new SUV.

  • 2018 Proton X70 – over 10,000 bookings received before launch in November; one-fifth from microsite

    It looks like the reception to the Proton X70 is exceeding expectations, as the national carmaker today announced it has received over 10,000 bookings for its first-ever SUV model. This comes following the start of order taking at dealerships on September 8, followed by online bookings from October 17.

    Of the 10,000 bookings made, nearly 2,000 of them were made via the dedicated X70 microsite, which required customers to pay a fee of RM99. Meanwhile, the remaining bookings had customers placing a deposit of RM1,000 at official Proton dealerships across the country.

    “We are thankful to all Malaysians for the support they have given to Proton since we started accepting bookings for the Proton X70. Despite our need to control the flow of information prior to its launch, the response has been very encouraging as we have received over 10,000 bookings with those placed online via our booking platform exceeding our expectations,” said Li Chunrong, CEO of Proton.

    “We were unsure how customers would react to this new method to book a car but its success points to how cars might be sold in the future,” he added. The Proton CEO also asked customers to be patient final preparations are being made ahead of the X70’s launch, which includes ensuring a proper sales and aftersales network to support what is undoubtedly an important product for Proton.

    In that regard, the company also confirmed that it has surpassed its target to achieve 109 submission approvals for 3S/4S outlets, with 113 submissions recorded to date. Through this initiative, dealers can apply to build new 3S/4S centre, or upgrade their existing ones to meet the new standards and corporate image (CI) set by Proton.

    “We are very proud of this achievement as it means the market has responded well to the Proton brand by deeming it as a good investment. I commend the efforts of our existing dealers who took the opportunity to stay invested with us as well as the new dealers for their faith and vision to see the potential for Proton in the current and future automotive market,” commented Li Chunrong.

    “When JD Power released their 2018 Sales Satisfaction Index ranking (SSI) for mass market automotive brands, it showed Proton had improved to sixth in the table with a score of 782 points. While we are not satisfied, we still managed to surpass the score of some of our major rivals, which is a sign our customers have responded positively to our efforts to serve them better. I believe with a concerted effort, we can achieve our target to be ranked in the top-three by 2019,” he continued.

    The X70 is being offered with a choice of four variants – Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD – all of them powered by a 1.8 litre TGDi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 181 hp and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm. The mill is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, with drive going to the front wheels save for the AWD model.

    Features on the highest-spec variant include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, Nappa leather seats, powered front seats, a panoramic sunroof, 8.0-inch touchscreen and GKUI infotainment system. All variants come with electronic stability control (ESC) and six airbags as standard, but it is only the Premium 2WD that gets the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) – autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane departure warning (LDW, no steering), blind spot information system (BLIS) and intelligent high beam control.

    Final pricing for the X70 will only be revealed when the model makes its official launch debut in November, but how much do you expect to pay for the various trim levels? Are you among those who have placed a booking?

    GALLERY: Proton X70

    GALLERY: Proton X70 colours

  • Proton X70 online booking now open – pay just RM99

    As promised, online booking for the Proton X70 started today, with the X70 microsite going live at 10am. Proton’s first SUV is also the first Proton that can be booked online.

    Here’s how it works. Customers are are required to provide their personal details, preferred X70 variant and colour, as well as the city and state where they wish to collect the car. Following payment of the booking fee, which is also done online, a system generated receipt will be sent to the customer’s email.

    A Proton sales advisor will then contact the customer within seven days to process the booking. Booking fees are fully refundable should one change his mind.

    How much? Proton is holding a “flash sale” from now till October 19 to promote the online booking platform. In this three-day period, one can book the Proton X70 with a fee of just RM99. Do this and you’ll get an ice cooler box worth RM200. Pay the remaining RM901 of the booking fee at a sales outlet and you’ll get a “branded dashboard camera” valued at RM300.

    If you choose to pay RM1,000 online for the “privilege booking” (now until the launch date), Proton will give you two X70s – one being a 1:18 scale die-cast model of your actual SUV. All gifts will be handed over together with the X70 during delivery. The early bird gifts are also applicable to those who book the X70 via the traditional walk-in way.

    Meanwhile, X70 customer previews are ongoing and the most recent one was held in Kuching from October 15-16. The next stops are in Kuantan and Ipoh, and the final session will be held in Kota Kinabalu next month.

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    We’ve covered the X70 to the best of our knowledge (of official information) so far, with separate articles on the Geely Boyue-based SUV’s four variants and specs, powertrain, safety and driver assist systems, connectivity and GKUI infotainment system. We’ve also discussed the C-segment SUV in the most recent episode of PT Talks. Once again, you can check out all the variants and specifications here.

    The Proton X70 online booking page has some fresh images of the SUV, and we’ve captured them for you below. Check out the X70 microsite here.

  • PT TALKS: Proton X70 SUV design, quality, safety, AI-based connected head unit – what do we think of it all?

    We’re merely weeks away from the official launch of the Proton X70, which is scheduled to arrive next month in CBU form. In the mean time, the automaker’s first ever SUV is being paraded across the country as part of a private viewing campaign, but not everyone is as fortunate to see it in the metal just yet.

    Well, that’s why we’ve put together this video, discussing at length about the car’s design, overall build quality and technology, as well as its safety, performance and connectivity aspects. It’s shaping up to be a truly impressive vehicle, and segment-wise it goes head-to-head against the current leader Honda CR-V.

    To recap, there will be four variants on offer, each sharing the same 1.8 litre TGDi four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 181 hp and 285 Nm, which is enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 10.5 seconds (2WD model). A six-speed automatic with manual shift mode is standard.

    Watch the video above to find out everything we know about the Proton X70 thus far. Also, don’t forget to share with us your thoughts on the SUV, and feel free to drop a fair estimate of the SUV’s price range. Comment, below.

  • Proton X70 GKUI Android-based infotainment system detailed – music streaming, live traffic GPS navigation

    Aside from revealing more about the variant specifications as well as new info on safety and powertrain aspects, the second media preview of the Proton X70 today also covered connectivity aspects of the SUV in detail.

    When it makes its market debut, the X70 is set to open up a new era of connectivity for the national automaker, with an infotainment system that is, to say the least, comprehensively specified. The system found on the X70 features a localised application of Geely’s new Smart Ecosystem (GKUI), an open, shared and connected in-car platform which it introduced in its domestic market earlier this year.

    It features an eight-inch thin film transistor (TFT) head unit, which offers 1,280 x 720 px of resolution and comes with 16GB of internal storage – the 720p display is standard on all four variants of the X70.

    The operating system is Android-based, and supports Android mirror link (only via cable connection), though the company says there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay at present, the latter due to restrictions, though it may be made available at a later stage.

    Audio-wise, the Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD and Executive AWD variants come equipped with an eight-speaker system (a tweeter and a mid-bass driver on each door), complete with a power amplifier. The Premium 2WD increases the speaker count to nine with the inclusion of a subwoofer, mounted in the boot.

    Functions include Bluetooth connection and GPS navigation, which runs on Baidu Map, though the map content itself comes from Malaysia, according to Proton. It features live traffic status, which is a definite plus for an on-board system. Waze can of course be used, but requires smartphone mirroring (again, Android only).

    The X70 comes equipped with six USB ports, all 2.1A-rated. There’s one on each side of the centre console front, one inside the centre console box, two at the rear (located at the bottom of the console’s rear) and one behind the rear-view mirror, specifically to ease dash cam installation and avoid the hassle of lengthy wiring.

    Plenty of online connectivity through infotainment apps – the head unit comes with a Raku digital radio app as standard, and this supports most local radio stations which offer broadcasts digitally.

    As for music, an Unlimited Music app provides a comprehensive selection of songs from Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music catalogues. The app is provided via China’s Tencent – which offers the Joox music streaming service in the ASEAN region – out from its Singapore operation. There are no advertisements in the UM app, unlike Spotify.

    As you’d expect, the connectivity means that the system has to have a continuous source to the Net, and this comes in the form of an e-sim, with the service provided by Proton’s telco partner of choice, Celcom.

    The e-sim is a separate subscription-based package, with the customer registered when he/she takes delivery of the vehicle. It’s tied to a single user and assigned to the vehicle, so if an owner eventually decides to sell the X70, he/she must head on to a Proton Edar centre to de-register the e-sim subscription.

    Data capacity wasn’t revealed, with the company saying that whatever that will be offered will be sufficient. It did however add that if more data is required, this can be topped-up for an additional fee (through Proton, not Celcom). As for subscription and package pricing, this will be announced later.

    The GKUI features over-the-air (OTA) updates for its operating system, just like a smartphone, and as for security, the automaker said that all online apps adhere to relevant Internet and multimedia security protocols.

    In terms of layout and usability, the home screen features five apps in a grid on the bottom part of the screen, and these are for voice command, GPS, music, phone and system settings. In a brief sampling at the event, the display resolution looks decent to the eye, and if the default layout isn’t to your taste, you can personalise the themes (three were available in the system at the preview) as well as select a different background image and screensaver.

    We weren’t allowed to take videos or photos at the event, but as was displayed during the live demonstration and short samplings at the preview, system operation is quite smooth and fast. The touchscreen supports left and right swiping gestures, and you can use pinch-to-zoom and even drag app tiles to rearrange them.

    The system also comes equipped with voice command, which also operated smoothly without hiccups during the preview session. Working very much like Siri or Google Assistant, activation is initiated through a specific command, in this case “Hi Proton.”

    The system works through preset commands such as ‘I am hungry’ (which activates maps to locate nearby places to eat), ‘It’s too cold’ (which adjusts the air-conditioner setting to a higher temperature, in a single degree adjustment per command), ‘I want to see the stars (which opens the sunroof shade) and ‘I want to refuel’ (again, prompting a selection via the GPS), among others.

    In terms of scope, voice command functionality for vehicle operation is limited to winding all the windows down/up, operation of the sunroof as well as setting air-conditioning temperature/fan speed. For apps, the function covers music apps, GPS navigation and phone operation, but the automaker says that more commands will be added on in the future.

    The voice command is only available in English at present, although support for Thai and Indonesian is being developed, in view of export. The system’s voice provides a choice of a male voice named Tom or a female one, named Ava.

    Based on our quick sampling, voice recognition for function operation is quite good, and it can even detect commands over music playing at a high-ish volume in the background.

    Finally, there’s a Proton Link mobile app, which will allow an owner to check various status aspects of the car, such as remaining driving range, available fuel level, odometer, service indicator, fuel consumption, average speed, vehicle location and even mobile data usage. A remote control function also lets you check if the doors are locked or unlocked, activate the horn and lights as well as wind all the windows up/down.

  • Proton X70 – online booking begins from October 17

    Proton has announced that its new X70 will be available for booking online beginning from October 17. Bookings for the SUV had begun on September 8 with a deposit of RM1,000, and now buyers have a choice of how they want to make a booking for the car.

    Customers will be able to register their interest in purchasing the X70 by filling up the booking form available on the landing page of the microsite, and they will be contacted by Proton sales staff a week after the booking has been made.

    Potential buyers will be able to choose the type of registration for the vehicle (company or private) and the model variant. They’ll also be able to compare the general specifications of the four variants of the X70 that will go on sale, as well as the exterior colour and interior scheme options available for the SUV, by variant.

    As previously mentioned, the X70 will be available in four variants, and they are the Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD. All are powered by a 1.8 litre TGDi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 181 hp and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

  • Proton X70 – safety systems detailed, including ADAS

    Another topic touched upon during the second preview of the upcoming Proton X70 SUV, due to be launched in November, was safety. The national carmaker has previously been at the forefront in this area here in Malaysia, and it is looking to reassert its lead on the market with this new car.

    All models come with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, traction control, stability control (using Bosch’s generation 9.1 of the system), hill start assist and hill descent control – the latter is fitted on both front- and all-wheel drive variants, and pegs the downhill speed at 4 km/h.

    Its Chinese market equivalent, the Geely Boyue, is rated five stars in the China New Car Assessment Programme (C-NCAP) with a score of 58.2 out of 61 points; Proton gave the example of the BMW X1, which scored lower with “just” 56.6 points to its name, as a comparison. The company also said that the car has been tested by ASEAN NCAP, with the results to be announced later.

    The top Premium model goes one further with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), incorporating autonomous emergency braking (AEB), front collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitor and Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC). It should be noted that adaptive cruise control works at speeds between 30 to 150 km/h and does not have a stop-and-go/low-speed follow function.

    These features are enabled through the use of five cameras (including one at the top of the windscreen used for lane departure warning), 19 different sensors and one radar sensor under the front number plate, the latter capable of detecting objects up to 160 metres in front of the car. A total of 1.4 km of electrical wiring is used just for the ADAS system alone.

    Wrapping up the list of safety features are a 360-degree camera monitor on the mid-range Executive variants and up, along with a tyre pressure monitoring system on the Executive AWD and Premium models. The latter allows the driver to keep track on both tyre pressures and temperatures at each corner.

  • 2018 Proton X70 powertrain details – 1.8 TGDi with 181 hp/285 Nm; BorgWarner AWD; 7.8 l/100 km, 10.5 secs

    Proton has released a bevy of new information about its upcoming X70 following a second media preview that was held today. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the SUV’s powertrain as well as aspects of its ride and handling.

    First, a recap. The X70 comes in four different variants – Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD. All of them are powered by a 1.8 litre four-cylinder TGDi petrol engine that outputs 181 hp at 5,500 rpm and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm.

    The mill is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which is sourced from Melbourne-based DSI (Drivetrain Systems International) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely since 2009, with drive going to the front wheels on 2WD models. Meanwhile, the sole AWD variant gets an all-wheel drive system developed by BorgWarner, which is totally front-biased (100:0) by default. When needed, the system is capable of automatically sending 30% of torque to the rear axle (70:30 front and rear split) using a NexTrac electromagnetic multi-clutch coupling.

    Proton claims a 0-100 km/h time of 10.5 seconds, while fuel consumption for 2WD models is rated at 7.8 l/100 km or 12.8 km/l – no figures for the AWD model as of yet.

    Drivers will get to choose from three different drive modes for the powertrain (no active dampers) – Normal, Eco and Sport – and you can tell which one is in effect by referring to a ring in the instrument cluster. In Normal mode, the ring will be in white, Eco is green and Sport is red – the last one also sees changes to the digital tachometer.

    To ensure comfort and low NVH levels, the X70’s ride and handling was tuned by MIRA UK, a company that has been around for more than seven decades and specialises in vehicle development, although Proton didn’t state how much input it had in this aspect. The X70 boasts a rigid front subframe as well as rear multi-link suspension (MacPherson struts are used at the front). The national carmaker also notes 2WD models weigh 1.7 tonnes but didn’t reveal the same for the AWD model – sources point towards an extra 100 kg.

  • 2018 Proton X70 SUV – four variants, specs detailed

    The second round of media previews for the Proton X70 happened today in Petaling Jaya, where Proton released more details on its first SUV, along with fresh images. Order books for the company’s first SUV have opened last month, and the car’s official launch will happen next month.

    UPDATE: The Proton X70 is now open for booking.

    We already know that there will be four variants of the X70 on offer, and they are the Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD. All are powered by a 1.8 litre TGDi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 181 hp and 285 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,400 rpm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. As suggested by the variant names, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions are available.

    For the 1.7-tonne 2WD version, 0-100 km/h is done in 10.5 seconds and claimed combined fuel consumption is 7.8 litres per 100 km (12.8 km/l).

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    The Standard 2WD gets halogen headlamps and 17-inch alloys – these two items mark out the entry-level X70 from the outside. Inside, the Standard comes with fabric seats and an 8.0-inch touchscreen hooked up to a reverse camera.

    The GKUI infotainment system is Android-based and comes with an embedded SIM card, 16GB of memory, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, navigation and voice recognition, among other things. More on the GKUI in a separate piece later.

    The next variant is the Executive 2WD, which adds on LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, plus 18-inch alloys. Inside, you’ll find leatherette seats, a powered driver’s seat and live feed from 360-degree cameras. The Executive AWD – as tested by Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim on Monday – adds on the on-demand Borg Warner-developed all-wheel drive and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

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    The range-topping Premium 2WD pulls the X70 above some Japanese SUVs in terms of features. On top of the Executive’s kit, it adds Nappa leather seats, power adjustment for the front passenger seat, a panoramic sunroof and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

    The camera and radar-powered ADAS includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control (ACC, from 30 to 150 km/h), lane departure warning (LDW, no steering), blind spot information system (BLIS) and intelligent high beam control (IHBC automatically lowers beam when oncoming car is detected).

    Electronic stability control (ESC) and six airbags are standard cross the board. Proton says that the facelifted Geely Boyue, which the X70 is based on, scored five stars with a class-leading score of 58.2 in the China NCAP crash test, which is higher than the BMW X1’s 56.6 points. Expect five stars in the ASEAN NCAP results, which will be announced later.

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    We already know that the Proton X70 will come in five colours (Flame Red, Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey and Cinnamon Brown), but not all variants can be had in all colours. The range-topping Premium 2WD has Flame Red as its exclusive colour, but four other hues are available. The Executive 2WD, which is set to be a popular variant, can be had in four colours, while the other two variants come in two colours each.

    Inside, the Standard gets fabric seats, while the Executive trim level gets leatherette (synthetic leather). Both are in black, matched by the door cards. The Premium’s Nappa leather seats and trim are in brown.

    No prices yet, though. What do you think of the Proton X70’s specifications and how much would you pay for the various trim levels? For a one-glance view of what the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail offer, check out

    GALLERY: Proton X70 colours

    GALLERY: Geely Boyue 1.8L TGDi facelift

  • Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim test drives the Proton X70 SUV

    It’s known that Johor ruler – Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar – is fond of cars and vehicles in general, and has a lovely collection of wheels. Will the soon to be launched Proton X70 make its way into his collection?

    Sultan Ibrahim’s Facebook account has just posted up images of the ruler checking out the Proton X70 and test driving the company’s first SUV. The Sultan of Johor inspected the car this morning at Istana Bukit Pelangi, Johor Bahru. He was also given a briefing on the features of the X70 by Proton deputy CEO Datuk Radzaif Mohamed and Proton Edar CEO Abdul Rashid Musa, which lasted almost an hour.

    The ruler’s Royal Press Office said that HRH then proceeded to test drive the X70 in Executive AWD spec. We see that Cinnamon Brown car in these images, fitted with black leather seats. The Executive AWD is one of four X70 variants, the others being the Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD and Premium 2WD. All are powered by a 1.8 litre turbo engine with 181 hp/285 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

    Previewed in September, the Proton X70’s official launch will happen sometime in November, after the nationwide public preview sessions being conducted now is completed on November 4. Official details and images of the Proton X70 here.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 official images

    GALLERY: Geely Boyue facelift


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