The Proton X70 was launched in Malaysia back in late 2018. Three and a half years later, Proton’s flagship mannequin is getting its most important change but, however this isn’t a standard facelift, as a result of the SUV’s face is, nicely, just about the identical. So is the inside, which nonetheless comes with the unique infotainment system seen on the primary CBU models and never the Atlas OS used elsewhere in Proton’s vary.
Instead, the large information surrounding the 2022 Proton X70 MC (for minor change) is unseen, even after you pop the hood. Under the tender plastic engine cowl is a 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine from the smaller X50. To be used more widely within the Proton range within the close to future, the direct-injection TGDi unit makes 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.
That’s 7 PS and 45 Nm lower than the 1.8 litre turbo 4-pot that was the usual engine for the X70 since launch. The 184 PS/300 Nm 1.8L (max torque from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm) remains to be round, however solely within the vary-topping 1.8 Premium 2WD. Every different variant will get the 1.5L.
Both engines come normal with a seven-pace moist twin-clutch transmission (launched together with the CKD version in early 2020, replaces CBU’s 6AT) and entrance-wheel drive, aside from the 1.5 Executive AWD variant, which marks the return of all-wheel drive for the X70. This 1.5 Exec AWD sits above the bottom 1.5 Standard 2WD and the 1.5 Executive 2WD. Above the only real AWD variant are the 1.5 Premium 2WD and 1.8 Premium 2WD.
You’d count on a smaller engine – and one which’s made in Malaysia no much less – to decrease the X70’s value, however the reverse has occurred. When we nonetheless had SST exemptions, the worth hike was from RM4,000 to RM6,000. Now that vehicles as soon as once more have gross sales tax, X70 prices are up by a further RM4,900 to RM7,000. Today’s value vary is from RM98,800 to RM128,800 on-the-highway with out insurance coverage. Inflation.
In this video review of the X70 MC, Hafriz Shah solutions the burning questions relating to the change to a decrease capability engine with one much less cylinder. Enough energy? Refinement points? Our man’s family has each the 1.8L X70 and the X50 that makes use of this 1.5L triple, so he’s commenting from a well-known place. He additionally shares some disappointments with the MC and offers the X70 a brand new verdict, three years on. Watch the review above and inform us what you consider the X70 MC.
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