Proton has finally launched the proudly made in Malaysia Proton X70 this week. Aside from a new dual-clutch gearbox, Proton has given the 2020 X70 some added features to go along with the lower price.
If you’ve been holding off from buying the X70 in anticipation for this, here are five things you need to know about the locally-assembled proton X70.
Aside from the new “Inspiring Connections” Proton emblem, nothing much has been altered on the styling of the 2020 X70 – most of the changes are found under the hood.
Powering the 2020 Proton X70 is the updated third-generation 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, now with “Proton GPower” branding on the engine cover.
The new mill now churns out 181 hp and 300 Nm of torque, a 15 Nm increase. Paired to the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), it now takes only 9.5 seconds to go from 0-100 km/h – 1 second faster than its predecessor.
The new DCT in the 2020 Proton X70 is a wet-clutch gearbox, developed completely in house by Geely. Proton engineers then tuned it specifically for the Malaysian market, with a focus on smoothness and efficiency.
In terms of added kit, the 2020 Proton X70 now comes with a powered tailgate on the executive and higher variants, while the two premium variants get an additional foot sensor.
The 2020 Proton X70 is priced at RM94,800 for the Standard variant, RM106,800 for the Executive variant, while the Premium and Premium X variants are priced at RM119,800 and RM122,800 respectively.