Proton X70 CKD: Here's All You Need To Know
We’re just a few days away from the launch of the locally assembled Proton X70 SUV. As you all would know, the Proton X70 has been around since 2019 and is available in CBU form (completely built-up) meaning that it is fully imported from its parent country, China. Ever since its CBU launch, Proton and Geely had plans to commence the local assembly version of the C-segment SUV. Set to make its local debut in CKD form (completely knocked down), here’s all you need to know about the locally assembled X70.
The current Proton X70 is available with one gearbox, which is a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox from DSI which is also owned by Zhejiang Geely. That gearbox in a nutshell, is like any run of the mill automatic with manual shift ability. That may be good for the regular driving buyers, but what about the enthusiasts? What if they want something a bit more involving? That’s where the new gearbox comes in.
Geely’s new gearbox for the CKD Proton X70 comes in the form of a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission) which is developed in-house by Geely and shared across newer Volvo models. Geely mentioned that the new gearbox offers better shift times and better efficiency. Another note to mention is that the 7-speed DCT is smaller and lighter than the older 6-speed torque converter automatic, meaning it frees up more space and allows room for more torque.
Speaking of torque, the new X70 will get a torque bump. With the current X70 powered by a 1.8 turbocharged engine producing 181hp at 5,500rpm while the torque figures have been bumped to 300Nm between 1,750 to 4,000rpm. That is a 15Nm increase over the CBU model’s 285Nm. While this may sound absolutely amazing, bear in mind that this is still a large SUV. So, the pickup wouldn’t be neck-snapping like other turbocharged cars, but it is still more than enough for the X70 to sprint off the line.
One of the niggles that current X70 owners complained about was the lack of a powered tailgate. I for one have to agree as the tailgate is heavy and requires a bit of strength to lift it up. Proton has listened and decided to provide the new feature on Executive models and above. Where it differs is between the trim levels. The Executive model gets a regular powered tailgate while the Premium models get a hands-free option. Meaning if your hands are full, you can simply swipe your foot under the bumper of the car and open up the tailgate without much hassle.
Front seat ventilation
Something I’m sure everyone would appreciate. The Proton X70 will be available with front seat ventilation, a feature not commonly found within the competition. Usually, features like this are found in high-end luxury cars. So the addition of the system definitely heightens the value factor of the X70.
As of now, there is no confirmation regarding the pricing of the new CKD Proton X70. I’ve asked a few sales advisors regarding possible estimations of the price and they all mentioned that the pricing could either go up or down by a few hundred ringgit. Meaning to say that the CKD X70 would be priced similarly to the outgoing model. Needless to say, this makes the Proton X70 even more value for money with the addition of the new features.
Based on what you’ve read here, do you think Proton is on the road to becoming Malaysia’s most popular brand for the second time this year? If you want to find out more about the locally-assembled Proton X70, tune into Torqative to be kept up to date.