February 12, 2020, Kuala Lumpur – Proton Holdings Bhd, the second largest national carmaker in Malaysia, has launched the locally assembled 2020 Proton X70.
Produced on a completely new production line at its refurbished plant in Tanjong Malim, the 2020 Proton X70 features new technologies such as a brand new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (7-DCT), ventilated front seats for the Premium and Premium X variants and the powered tailgate with handsfree function.
“The 2020 Proton X70 is a significant accomplishment for us as it not only represents the first model off the new line but also because we have matched and exceeded the quality standards of the model we launched 14 months ago,” said its chairman Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar in a statement.
Syed Faisal said that the SUV was important from a manufacturing perspective as it signaled Proton was able to build vehicles to global quality standards.
“This represents a big step forward for us because it shows we are more than capable of delivering valuable product propositions of a global standard,” Syed Faisal said.
The introduction on the new 7-DCT gearbox actually improves the fuel economy of the 2020 Proton X70. As a result of higher ratios, the new gearbox helps to reduce fuel consumption by 13 percent to 7.6l/100km. The gear changes is also quicker and smoother.
Coupled with a new engine remap, to increase the torque output by 5 percent, bringing its torque to 300Nm, the SUV is able to complete the century sprint in 9.5 seconds, as second faster than its predecessor.
To ensure that the 2020 Proton X70 would meet the challenges posed by Malaysian roads and driving condition, the SUV was put over 2 million kilometres of testing clocked by Proton’s development engineers.
“We wanted to ensure our customers’ needs were met with the 2020 Proton X70 and so many of the new features you see are based on what customers felt they wanted. This is critical for us because our success moving forward will be determined by how well we listen to our customers and more importantly, how quickly we can move to meet the demands of the market,” said its chief executive officer Dr Li Chunrong.
Powering the 2020 Proton X70 is the 1.8-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) engine, that generates 300 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm and 182 hp at 5,500 rpm.
All variants are equipped with six SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, auto brake hold, electronic stability control, traction control system, hill hold assist, hill descent control, emergency stop signal and ISOFIX mounting points for the rear seats.
Depending on the variants, there are also safety features like the 30 camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, advanced driver assistance system suite which consists of autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning blind spot information system, door opening warning system, and intelligent high beam control.
The 2020 Proton X70 is priced at RM 94,800 for the Standard 2WD variant, RM 106,800 for the Executive 2WD variant, RM 119,800 for the Premium 2WD variant and RM 122,800 for the Premium X 2WD variant. The 2020 Proton X70 is covered by a five year unlimited mileage warranty.