We asked Proton why switch to the 1.5-litre 3-cyl for the 2022 X70

Eric · Jun 17, 2022 08:25 AM

So why did Proton swap out the trusty 1.8-litre for a smaller 1.5-litre engine?

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The short and simple answer is that the 1.8-litre engine is almost 10 years old and Geely is slowly moving away from said engine.

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For example, the upcoming new-generation Boyue, codenamed FX11, will likely skip the 1.8-litre engine altogether, adopting Geely’s newer engines instead. Whether the new engines are 3- or 4-cylinder units remains to be seen for now.

Also Read: Spied: First look at the all-new 2022 Geely Boyue's interior, Mercedes-style portrait screen?

But China’s Binyue will be getting a new 4-cylinder petrol engine, why not Malaysia?

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With regards to the Chinese market’s upcoming 4-cylinder Geely Binyue (sold here as the Proton X50), Proton’s powertrain deputy COO Muhammad Hasbullah bin Ismail said, “The 3-cylinder engines are still relevant in today’s market, for examples in the Philippines and Pakistan.”

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He added while China might have a different strategy for their own market, but globally the company is still committed to the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine.

Also Read: 3-cyl engines a flop in China, 2022 Binyue switching to 4-cyl, what about Proton X50?

 

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Lynk & Co 02 gets a turbo 1.5 3-pot engine

On top of that, Geely’s sub-brand, Lynk & Co, is also committed to the 3-cylinder engine. Said engine is still fitted to models such as the Lynk & Co 02, Lynk & Co 03, and Lynk & Co 06, as well as plug-in hybrid variants in their line-up.

Also Read: Proton's distant cousin, Lynk & Co has 7 models on sale; Here's a handy guide

Does the X70 in other markets get this engine?

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While the X70 with the new downsized turbo engine may be new to Malaysians, said engine was first fitted to the Pakistani-spec X70, followed by Nepal, Kenya, and Bangladesh.

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Although power and torque figures are down compared to the older 1.8-litre engine, the newer 1.5-litre unit is 43 kg lighter, which has improved the X70’s fuel consumption by 7 percent.

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Prices of the 2022 Proton X70 MC have been adjusted as well. Five variants are offered and prices start from RM 93,900. If the 1.5-litre turbo engines aren’t your thing, fret not as Proton is still offering the larger 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder unit, albeit only on the range-topping Premium 2WD variant, priced from RM 121,800. All prices exclude sales tax and are valid until 30-June.

More details can be found in the launch article, linked here.

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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