Same 1.5L displacement but 1 less cylinder, how does the 2022 Proton X70 compare with the CR-V?
CY Foong · Jun 9, 2022 02:00 PM
The Proton X70 has been a runaway success for the Proton and now the 2022 update sees the best-selling SUV in the country getting a smaller 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-pot engine shared with the X50. Granted, for those who think small doesn’t mean better, there’s still the turbocharged 1.8-litre 4-cylinder for the highest variant.
Even with one cylinder removed and being smaller in displacement, Proton claims that the X70’s new engine (177 PS/255 Nm) is superior to most of its rivals including the Mazda CX-5, at least the 2.0-litre variants (162 PS/213 Nm). Of course, some of those rivals are naturally-aspirated and despite having a bigger size, they can’t hold a candle to the turbocharged 1.5-litre unit in the X70.
Ditto its turbocharged rivals too as Proton also showed that the 3-pot X70 outguns the Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP (165 PS/240 Nm) and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI (150 PS/250 Nm). Admittedly, the only turbocharged unit that the X70 couldn’t compete with is the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo (193 PS/243 Nm) found in the Honda CR-V.
The main goal for the smaller 1.5-litre 3-pot isn’t performance though, but rather efficiency. Compared to the 1.8-litre 4-pot (184 PS/300 Nm), the smaller unit is 7% more fuel-efficient and 43 kg lighter. We’ll check out how much more fuel-efficient the 2022 X70 is in the real world in our review soon.
Over 100 key engineers and designers around the globe helped to contribute to the development of the 1.5-litre 3-pot engine. Some solutions made to the engine include a turbocharger with a low inertia turbine for reduced turbo lag and a dual-mass flywheel with absorber to dampen excess vibration from the engine.
To date, the 1.5-litre TGDI engine has been used in over 750,000 vehicles within the Geely Group which includes models from Geely, Lynk & Co, Volvo, and Proton. Despite being a foreign unit, the 3-pot engine is now locally-assembled, upping the total local content of the X70 to 70 percent.
The smaller 1.5 TGDI 3-cylinder engine is available on all variants of the 2022 Proton X70 except for the range-topping 1.8 TGDI Premium which uses the larger 4-pot unit. The 4 variants of the X70 1.5 TGDI range from RM 93,900 to RM 117,900 while the sole 1.8 TGDI variant starts from RM 121,800.
Thanks to it being a Proton, the X70 is far cheaper than its chief rivals. The Mazda CX-5 is priced between RM 132,000 to RM 174,000 while the Honda CR-V is priced between RM 139,913 to RM 162,910. All prices stated are exempt from SST which is valid until 30-June 2022.