After nearly 4 years since it debuted in Malaysian market, the Geely Boyue-based Proton X70 has received its first minor model change (MMC). Its not exactly a true facelift as in case with the donor Geely Boyue which was thoroughly updated for the 2022 model year, the aesthetic revisions in new 2022 Proton X70 are very mild and negligible.
The most prominent update is the presence of 1.5L thee cylinder turbo engine, which is already deployed with the X70 in Pakistan. The unit delivers delivers 177hp of power and 255Nm of torque and is paired to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The existing 1.8L turbo engine has now been restricted to the flagship variant only.
Proton’s new X70 line-up are the 1.8L TGDi Premium 2WD priced at RM121,800 (PKR 55.55 lac), 1.5L TGDi Premium 2WD at RM117,900 (PKR 53.77 lac), 1.5L TGDi Executive AWD at RM111,300 (PKR 50.76 lac), 1.5L TGDi Executive 2WD at RM105,500 (PKR 48.11 lac) and 1.5L TGDi Standard 2WD at RM93,900 (PKR 42.82 lac). According to Proton deputy COO for powertrain Muhamad Hasbullah Ismail, the 1.5L engine promises a 7% lower fuel consumption in urban driving and is 43kg lighter at 113kg in comparison with the 1.8L block. Proton has also developed a new foam-type engine cover that reduces the engine’s noise levels, vibration and harshness.
In terms of looks, the new X70 is almost exactly same as the pre-facelift model. There are literally no new body panels, but the components that were previously matte grey (the Infinite Weave grille bars, front bumper corner “rings”, rear number plate garnish and decorative rear skid plate) are now finished in gloss black. The chin spoiler at the front and the inserts for the air curtain inlets, have been painted in a brighter matte silver. Meanwhile, the surrounds for those inserts are painted in gloss black instead of body color, while the side mirrors are now finished in black. Lastly, two new alloy wheel designs are offered depending on the trim level.
Inside, the changes are even more minor, with just the black headlining added for a sportier look. Everything else including, equipment, tech, safety as well as drive assistance functions remain unchanged for the new X70.
Considered as the most successful model in Proton’s lineup ever since the brand went under the umbrella of Chinese auto giant Geely, the Proton X70 so far has reached more than 70,000 customers and is available in a few selected markets outside of Malaysia including Kenya, Pakistan and Brunei.
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