Pro­ton X70 isn’t just a re­badged Geely Boyue

75,000 man hours, 77 test ve­hi­cles and 500 sys­tems tests put into lo­cal­is­ing up­com­ing SUV

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It’s of­fi­cial. The up­com­ing Pro­ton SUV built on the plat­form of the Geely Boyue will be called X70. This marks the be­gin­ning of the na­tional car­maker’s new al­phanu­meric nam­ing con­ven­tion, mean­ing it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore we bid farewell to iconic name­plates like the Saga, Per­sona and Per­dana.

Back to the X70, what we know so far is that four vari­ants will be avail­able. Sim­i­lar to the Honda CR-V, the Stan­dard and Pre­mium are FWD vari­ants oc­cu­py­ing op­po­site ends of the spec­trum while the Ex­ec­u­tive model in be­tween the two comes with the op­tion of AWD. All vari­ants are pow­ered by the same 1.8-litre TGDI en­gine good for 181bhp and 285Nm.

More than a re­badged Boyue, Pro­ton claims that 75,000 man hours in­volv­ing 77 test ve­hi­cles and 500 sys­tem tests were put into the de­vel­op­ment of the X70, which is a right-hand-drive ver­sion of the Boyue op­ti­mised for Malaysian con­di­tions. Pro­ton’s de­sign team has also put in a con­sid­er­able amount of work – the ‘In­fi­nite Weave’ pat­tern adorn­ing the ra­di­a­tor grille and in­te­rior trim be­ing its most sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort to im­bue the SUV with a lo­cal aes­thetic.

More de­tails will be un­cov­ered in the fol­low­ing weeks as we near the X70’s launch in Novem­ber. While prices have yet to be re­vealed, po­ten­tial buy­ers can al­ready place a RM1,000 book­ing at par­tic­i­pat­ing Pro­ton out­lets.

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