Published on September 7th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Facelifted Proton X70 Lands in Brunei, no Price Change
Proton has launched the face-lifted X70 in Brunei, according to this teaser that was uploaded to the Bruneian distributor’s Instagram page. The X70 was first made available in Brunei via PAD Motors Sdn Bhd, who also sell other Proton models there. It first debuted around August 2019, just a few months before the facelifted model was introduced.
The new Proton X70 brings a number of substantial improvements over the model that was previously available. Firstly, it now features a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which uses shift-by-wire technology. This means that there is no direct mechanical link between the gearbox and the shift lever – the driver’s gear selection is communicated electronically to the transmission.
Another major change is that this X70 now outputs 300Nm of torque, up 15Nm versus the previous model. Importantly, this facelifted Proton X70 is actually made in Malaysia, unlike the previous model which was made in China at Geely’s facilities, but with some input from Proton designers and engineers as well as its right-hand drive conversion.
There are other equipment changes to the new CKD that Bruneians will be able to enjoy. In Malaysia, the locally-assembled X70 came with improvements as well as a reduction in pricing (between RM3,000 and RM5,000). However, in Brunei, prices have stayed the same, with the Executive model coming in at BND$36,000 and the Premium model being priced at BND$39,000. These are the only two variants being offered in Brunei at the moment. The pre-facelift X70 was available in Standard trim with a lower asking price of just BND$32,500.
The Proton X70 facelift launch in Brunei was also the company’s first ever virtual launch. Buyers there are entitled to a 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty with 5 instances of complimentary services. An ‘early-bird’ promotion of BND$1,500 is available, and those who show up for a test drive may walk away with a free smartphone.
Dr. Li Chunrong has stated that he wants Proton to be amongst the top three manufacturers in ASEAN by 2027.
Excerpt from Launch Announcement
The journey has begun! Welcome to Proton Brunei’s 1st virtual launch. Explore endless possibilities that await you with The New Proton X70 2020, fitted with new features that deliver Refined Design, Redefined Connectivity, Responsive Performance, and Reassured Safety.
The Premium X70 2020 – BND$ 39,000
The Executive X70 2020- BND$ 36,000
The New X70 2020 comes with an attractive package of:
5-year Warranty with Unlimited Mileage
5 Times Free Labour Service*
Early-Bird Promotion worth BND$1,500*
Test-drive The New X70 2020 today and be one lucky customer who brings home a smartphone.
About PAD Motors SDN BHD
PAD Motors is the distributor for Proton in Brunei. They were the first in the world to offer the updated Iriz, Saga and Persona for sale outside of Malaysia back in January 2020. They were also the first export market to bring in the X70 back in 2019.