Proton X70 is a crossover SUV of C-segment manufactured by the Malaysian automobile company Proton. The car has been introduced in Pakistan in collaboration with the Al-Haj Group and was the first car to be launched by Proton. It was initially imported as Completely Built Units (CBU) but has been locally produced since June 2021.
Proton X70 is a first-generation subcompact crossover SUV which was initially launched in 2018 and was the first SUV produced by Proton. The car has received positive reviews in the Asian markets and has received several awards and accolades.
In Pakistan, the proton X70 2023 is available in two variants - Proton X70 AWD Executive and Proton X70 FWD Premium.
Proton X70 Exterior
The new Proton X70 2023 features a tiger-themed design with elegant looks. The front of the car sports Proton’s signature “infinite weave grille” with is accompanied by LED projector headlamps and daytime running lamps (DRLs).
The car also features front fog lamps which automatically turn on while turning and the headlamps have Auto headlamps with follow me home feature. The car also has welcome lights which add to its beauty.
The front also has auto rain-sensing wipers while the rear of the car features a power tailgate. The top of the Premium 2WD is adorned with a panoramic sunroof.
Proton X70 Interior
The interior of the new Proton X70 2023 is spacious and comfortable. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has steering switches for audio control, hands-free telephone, and cruise control. The wheel also lets the driver choose the steering mode - Normal and Sport.
Behind the steering is the 7-inch high-definition LCD meter combination which displays important information to the driver. Both the variants also support intelligent entry with a push start button. The luxurious interior of the Executive AWD is leather-wrapped while that of the Premium 2WD is wrapped in Nappa Leather.
The driver’s seat is power-adjustable in 6 ways in both variants. The premium 2WD has additional comfort features such as power lumbar adjustment of driver’s seat in 4 ways and power adjustment of front passenger’s seat with the Boss Switch in 4-ways as well. The front seats are ventilated in both variants of the Proton X70 2023.
Other modern features in the Proton X70 2023 include auto-dimming rearview mirror, power windows with anti-trap technology, auto dual-zone air conditioning, rear air vents, and air purifier system.
The center fascia of the car houses an 8-inch touchscreen monitor which supports voice command, smartphone connectivity, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Executive AWD variant has 8 speakers while the Premium 2WD has 9 speakers with a power amplifier and subwoofer. Both the variants have 1 USB port for data transfer and 5 USB ports for charging.
Proton X70 Safety
The new proton X70 2023 is packed with countless safety features. Some common safety features shared by both the variants include 6 SRS airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), automatic brake hold, electronic stability control, traction control, hill hold assist, hill descent control, tire pressure monitoring system, immobilizer, and anti-theft alarm.
In addition to these features, the X70 Premium 2WD variant also has Advanced Driver Assist System which includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot information system, door opening warning system, and intelligent high beam control.
Both the variants have front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera.
Proton X70 Engine
Both the variants of Proton X70 2023 come with a 1.5 TGDI 1477cc engine which generates a maximum output of 177hp at a maximum torque of 255/1500-4000 Nm/rpm.
Both the variants come with a 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission with manual mode but the Executive AWD variant has an All-Wheel_drive system while the Premium 2WD has a 2-Wheel-Drive system.
Proton X70 Ride and Handling
The Proton X70 2023 is a quiet SUV and is comfortable to drive. The car provides a smooth ride without any internal or external noise. Its suspension is good and absorbs several shocks and bumps on the road.
The car’s engine does not seem underpowered and provides good control at high speeds. The body roll is evident but minimal. The car’s steering is vague which does not make driving the car fun.
Proton X70 Maintenance
The maintenance of Proton X70 is affordable but the auto parts are not easily available.
Proton X70 Competitors
Proton X70 2023 competes with KIA Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, MG HS, and DFSK Glory580 Pro in the Pakistani market.
MG HS is a strong competitor for the X70 as they both are produced by Chinese automobile manufacturers and offer similar features. MG HS has some advantages over Proton X70 due to its extensive features and a more powerful engine but it is a lot more expensive than the X70 which makes it a less desirable option.
Hyundai Tucson is also a competitor which offers premium features that the X70 lacks but they do not fall into the same price bracket, making Proton X70 a cheaper and more affordable option.