Price, specs and features: Here is what we know so far about the upcoming Proton X70

It was introduced in China in 2016 and in Malaysia in 2019. Pakistan will be receiving the Proton X70 from Malaysia as CBU/ fully assembled vehicle ready for the sale as an import. It will be competing with the KIA Sportage and the Hyundai Tuscon in the local market.

Proton X70 came in the spotlight after the Malaysian High Commission announced it as a gift to Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan by his Malaysian counterpart Dr. Mahatir Mohammad.

A product of the Malaysian carmaker Proton, the car was introduced in China in 2016 and in Malaysia in 2019. Pakistan will be receiving the Proton X70 from Malaysia as CBU/ fully assembled vehicle ready for the sale as an import. It will be competing with the KIA Sportage and the Hyundai Tuscon in the local market.

The Car’s Exterior

Like most of C-segment SUV in the market, the X70 also has a typical styling. The car is based on the Geely Boyue, but to give it a Proton face, there is a different grill on the front, which is called” infinite weave grille.” This is basically inspired by traditional woodwork and carving, which is famous in Malaysia. The grill is wrapped around with continuous chrome.

On the front and side profile, the body lines give it a very muscular view. As per the design head for Proton, the front headlights and overall styling of the vehicles make it resemble the body and eye of a tiger.  The roof-line slopes downwards as it goes to the rear of the vehicle.

The belt-line, which goes along the door window line, slops up, which later kinks up at C pillar and wraps around at the rear of the vehicle.  Overall it gives it an athletic look. The rear taillights are LED, which wraps towards the side of the body, and there is a Chrome trim between the tail lights with the Proton script on it.

Engine and Transmission:

X70 is available with a 1.8L Turbo Petrol direct injection engine in Malaysia, which is around 184hp. Max torque of 300Nm. It comes with a 7-speed DCT. Both transmissions & engine are Geelys / Volvo co-developed products.

When it comes to Pakistan, there is a piece of surprising news. It is not yet officially confirmed, BUT the X70 for sale in Pakistan will have a 1.5L Turbo 3 cylinder engine. There will be 7-speed DCT, which is also a Volvo and Geely jointly developed unit. The Volvo+ Geely developed engine “JLH-3G15TD ”  will have 174 to 177hp & 265NM of torque.

As you can see that comparing the 1.8T, which is 300cc more in displacement, only makes slightly more power. This would mean that the smaller 1.5T has a higher compression ratio to develop almost the same level of horsepower. Their vehicle will come with a driver select-able Eco and Sport mode.

This engine is Euro 6 compliant and one of the industry’s best engines. We can understand this from the fact that Volvo, which is a premium brand, use the same engine in its one of the model in Europe. Geely’s other premium brand Lynk & Co also uses this engine in one of its models.

This 1.5T has been developed to work in a Hybrid environment as well. So, the same engine can work in conjunction with electric motors for a more efficient hybrid or plug-in hybrid version, although any such application is not under-use.

The Interior:

As the XC70 will be a CBU so, it will carry most of the features and options available in Malaysian vehicles. As the CBU will be specifically made for Pakistan, there is a chance for a difference in features, but at launch, we expect it to be identical to the overseas model.

The fabric on entry-level while leather will also be available and even the Nappa leather on the premium model. The panoramic sunroof will be available on the top of the line variant.

The digital LCD dashboard cluster will be standard on all trims. Steering wheels control, push-button start, and welcome lights, power-folding mirrors, day-night rearview mirror are also available along with power windows, and power driver-adjustable seats which are ventilated. Dual-zone climate control with rear vents is also standard on all trims, which also have an air purification system.

The car also comes with an 8″ standard LCD touchscreen infotainment system that has cell phone connectivity for music streaming. This will be a 4G WIFI capable system with a GSM SIM slot, and certain online features can be integrated into the car.  The Proton link app can be used to remote control certain features of the car.

There will be 6 speakers standard, but premium models will have 8 with amplifier and sub-woofer.

This is a 5 seat vehicle as standard and there is no option for 2 extra seats to make it 7 although the second-row seats can be folded down for greater cargo capacity.

Pricing & Variant:

The 1.5T engine is the first indicator that Proton wants to be competitive on price the X70 will come with features that competitors lack in this segment. The base model is expected to cost around Rs 4.4 million while the premium model could go up to Rs 5.6 Million.

Launch Timeline:

The vehicle is currently under testing by Proton engineers for local optimization of fuel and weather conditions. Which includes the extensive testing planned for this upcoming summer.

X70 will remain a CBU, and Proton will check the market response. It might become a locally assembled vehicle, BUT that is not happening anytime soon. Furthermore, Proton is planning to start the assembly of the X70 in Karachi from June 2021.

Via: Pak Wheels

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