So why did Proton swap out the trusty 1.8-litre for a smaller 1.5-litre engine?
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.
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.
But China’s Binyue will be getting a new 4-cylinder petrol engine, why not Malaysia?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.