New 2022 Proton X70 to launch with X50's 1.5 turbo engine, 177 PS and 255 Nm

Eric · Dec 13, 2021 02:59 PM

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  • Launching in mid-2022
  • Down on power, but road tax is cheaper

The end is looming for the Proton X70’s turbocharged 1.8-litre engine, as come mid-2022, the long-serving unit will be phased out in favour of the newer, downsized 1.5-litre unit.

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When is it launching?

According to sources familiar with the matter, the new 1.5-litre Proton X70 will most likely launch in mid-2022. Here's why: the locally-assembled (CKD) Proton X70 was launched back in February 2020 and assuming a 2.5-year lifecycle before the facelift arrives, mid-2022 is the most logical time frame for the arrival of the updated X70. 

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At the moment, said 1.5-litre engine is fitted to export versions of the Proton X70, including versions sold in Pakistan, Kenya, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

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After all, it does make sense for Proton to fit the 1.5-litre engine into the Malaysian-spec X70, as it streamlines production at their Tanjung Malim facility. Thus far, only the Malaysian-spec X70 is fitted with the larger 1.8-litre engine.

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Is it the same engine as the Proton X50?

Yes, it is the same 1.5-litre engine from the smaller Proton X50. 

The larger 1.8-litre engine does 184 PS and 300 Nm, while the smaller 1.5-litre engine does 177 PS and 255 Nm.

Is the 1.5-litre engine less powerful?

Compared to the larger engine, the smaller unit is down 7 PS and 45 Nm. 

What about the transmission?

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The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission should remain unchanged from before, with drive most likely routed to the front wheels. All-wheel drive variants were discontinued in Malaysia due to slow sales. 

Apart from the new engine, one can also expect the updated Proton X70 to get some minor styling enhancements as well.

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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