SHAH ALAM: Proton has given an update to its hot-selling C-segment sports utility vehicle (SUV), the X70, after more than a year of its introduction.
Previously offered in CBU (fully-imported) form, the X70 is now locally-assembled at the company’s Tanjung Malim plant.
Not only that, it also comes with reduced pricing too.
The X70 is now selling from RM94,800 (for base Standard 2WD) to RM122,800 (Premium X 2WD), more than 13 per cent savings over the previous pricing.
Proton chairman Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar said: “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.”
“This represents a big step forward for us because it shows that we are more than capable of delivering valuable product prepositions of a global standard.”
Meanwhile, Proton chief executive officer Dr Li Chunrong said: “We wanted to ensure our customer’s needs were met with the 2020 Proton X70 and so many of the new features you see are based on what customers' feedback.”
Despite the price reduction, the X70 has been enhanced in terms of its mechanicals as well as equipment.
The 1.8-litre turbocharged TGDi engine was retained, but had undergone output increment, now rated at 300Nm, up by 15Nm from before.
The biggest and most welcomed change is the new transmission, which now features a 7-speed dual-clutch (wet-clutch type) unit.
With transmission efficiency of up to 97 per cent, the pairing should give the X70 better driving performance and fuel economy.
Cosmetic-wise, not much has changed apart from the new logo on the front grille and new colour options – Space Grey – which adds to the existing five colours.
Inside, new items include ventilated front seats with three fan speeds, reclining rear seats, and powered tailgate with foot sensors.
The rest of the cabin is taken from the previous CBU car, including Nappa Leather seats, panoramic sunroof, and 8-inch touchscreen head unit featuring GKUI infotainment system, online music streaming, navigation and voice command.
The 2020 Proton X70 is now open for booking through all authorised Proton dealers nationwide.
During the launch, Li also announced that Proton is also offering value-added packages for the X70 comprising of a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage, 5-year data package, 5-times free labour schedule service, low interest rate from 2.32 per cent and premium insurance coverage.
Additionally, the first 3,000 customers will be entitled to an additional 4GB data every month for five years and accessories package worth of RM2,000.