Spied: Proton X70 in Thailand, to get newer 1.5T engine than Malaysia's

Sanjay · Mar 16, 2021 04:42 PM

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Proton's plans of re-entering Thailand may come into fruition sooner than we think - a little over a month since the Proton X50 was first spotted there, now the Proton X70 has also made its way to the Land of Smiles. 

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Said to be found driving around in Bangkok, the X70 seen here is either the Premium or the Premium X variant as judged by the 19-inch dual-tone wheels this car wears.

Also read: Spied: Proton X50 seen in Thailand - exports before fulfilling Malaysian backlogs?

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Proton's plans to re-enter the Thai market (they left the market in 2015) have been afoot for sometime. In a press release published last August, Proton's Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dato Radzaif Mohamed mentioned Thailand as one of the countries the carmaker aims to have brand presence in.

Also read: Did Proton just hint that they are making a return to Thailand?

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On a more product-level, recall that the Geely Key User Interface (GKUI) infotainment system employed in Proton cars now understands Thai.

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The X70 stands to face rather stiff competition there, with rivals such as the Honda CR-V, the best-selling MG HS, and the upcoming contender, the brutish Haval H6.

Also read: China's No. 1 SUV, 2021 Haval H6 to launch in Thailand, Malaysian export mulled

Proton X70 specs

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Although nothing official has been said thus far, the Thai-spec car will most likely be powered by a 1.5-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder mill pushing 177 PS and 255 Nm, paired to a 7-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Plucked from the X50 Flagship, this arrangement is also shared by the Pakistani- and Bangladeshi-spec models.

Thailand's CO2 tax points towards the car receiving this smaller engine, instead of the larger mill we get here.

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For context, our X70 here runs on a 1.8-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder mill (184 PS / 300 Nm) that's also paired to a 7-speed wet-type DCT.

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It'll be a while till we know the X70's Thai prices, but just to recap here's the pricelist for the X70 in Malaysia:

Proton X70 variants in Malaysia
Variant Priced from
1.8 Standard  RM 94,800
1.8 Executive RM 106,800
1.8 Premium RM 119,800
1.8 Premium X RM 122,800

All that's left is to see how Proton's foray into Thailand progresses. Regardless what happens - you'll hear about it here first.

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Up to 20% higher than average trade-in price

2020 Proton X70 1.8 Standard 2WD

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