After much anticipation, Proton has finally launched the locally assembled X70 SUV, with a few subtle yet important changes.
- 2020 Proton X70 Standard 2WD – RM94,800
- 2020 Proton X70 Executive 2WD – RM106,800
- 2020 Proton X70 Premium 2WD – RM119,800
- 2020 Proton X70 Premium X 2WD – RM122,800
Despite all the hype, there are only a few things that you need to know about the new X70 which is now being assembled in Proton’s plant in Tanjung Malim.
New 7-Speed Dual Clutch Gearbox
The most important technological enhancement is the introduction of a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (7-DCT) in place of the six-speed Automatic Transmission (6AT) previously used.
With the new gearbox, Proton claims that fuel consumption has improved by 13% to 7.6L/100km, gear changes have become smoother and quicker, and that torque has increased by 5% to 300Nm, resulting in a quicker 0 – 100km/h sprint time (9.5 seconds).
Further enhancing the practicality of the 2020 Proton X70 is the inclusion of a powered tailgate, which is available from the Executive variant. The feature is height adjustable allowing for hassle free access to the boot compartment and is supplemented by a foot sensor for the top-two specification levels. Regardless of variant, the split folding rear seat back now has a recline function to adjust the rake of the rear seats and boost passenger comfort.
Premium and Premium X variants now receive ventilated front seats that allow cool air to circulate to the driver and front seat passenger.
No More AWD Executive Variant
Similar to its predecessor, the 2020 Proton X70 is offered in four distinct variants though the line-up has been altered. The Standard variant still kicks off the range followed by the Executive. The AWD Executive has been dropped so the next variant is the Premium with the all-new Premium X topping the range.
In case you’re wondering how to distinguish between the outgoing X70 and the latest one, just look at the Proton logo on the front grille. The new X70 gets the circular emblem with the Harimau inside, replacing the old tiger in the “shield”.
That’s it. Besides these enhancements, things remain pretty much the same as before.
Powering all variants is the same 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine which makes 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque.
Safety & Driver Assistance
All variants are equipped with six SRS airbags, rear seat ISOFIX mounts with top tether anchorage, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Auto Brake Hold, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Hold Assist (HHA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).
As with the previous model, a 360 Camera is offered on Executive, Premium and Premium X variants but the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) suite is only fitted to the latter two.
Consisting of active and cognitive safety systems including 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), the ADAS suite provides an additional layer of safety helps reduce the risk of accidents.