The Proton X70 has been a runaway success, and has single-handedly turned the tide around for the national carmaker. But it’s been more than three years since the model was launched here in Malaysia, and it’s about time we get a mid-cycle facelift. As luck would have it (not really), Proton has now introduced the 2022 X70 MC update, and while it’s not necessarily a “facelift” per se, underneath the same-same exterior actually lies a pretty big change…
With the 2022 update, the Proton X70 now gets a 1.5-litre TGDi turbocharged three-cylinder engine underneath its bonnet (aside from the sole 1.8 TGDi Premium 2WD variant), replacing the existing 1.8 TGDi that has served the C-segment SUV since its launch back in 2018.
The new 1.5 TGDi engine is the exact same unit found on the Proton X50 Flagship, which means there will be a drop in power output – from the previous 184 hp and 300 Nm, to now 177 hp and 245 Nm. But that’s all just numbers; how much does it actually matter in actual driving conditions?
And perhaps more importantly, how does the switch from four to three cylinders affect the Proton X70’s noise, vibrations, and harshness (NVH) performance? Join us in our short preview drive to find out!