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
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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