Published on June 9th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair


Proton X70 1.5L Engine Option Added. 1.8L Resigned To A Single Variant

The Proton X70 gets the smaller but more efficient 1.5L three-cylinder engine from the X50.

The Proton X70 was the car that changed the fortunes of the company. They went from having no desirable cars to having a waiting list nearly about a year long at its peak. The X70 got its first major change in early 2020 with the introduction of the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission replacing the 6-speed automatic it first arrived with. There were also some minor changes made to the overall vehicle as it became more optimised to the local market. The all-wheel drive option was dropped when this happened.

Proton X70 2022 1.5L

Today, the Proton X70 gets yet another major update. It will now be powered primarily by the 1.5L TGDi three cylinder direct injection turbo petrol engine. The 1.8L is still available but only on the full-spec model, but even with that spec, the new 1.5L is still an option. What’s more, the all-wheel drive option has now been reintroduced but only with the 1.5L engine and Executive trim level.

The new X70 lineup looks like this:

  • 1.5 TGDi Standard 2WD RM93,900
  • 1.5 TGDi Executive 2WD RM105,500
  • 1.5 TGDi Executive AWD RM111,300
  • 1.5 TGDi Premium 2WD RM117,900
  • 1.8 TGDi Premium 2WD RM121,800
2022 Proton X70 update

These prices are for on the road without insurance and are subject to change after SST gets reimplemented on new car sales.

1.5L TGDi vs 1.8L TGDi comparison

The 1.5L is the same as found on the X50 Flagship spec and produces 177PS and 255Nm of torque. It’s not quite as powerful or torquey as the 1.8L, which posts an output of 184PS and 300Nm of torque. That being said, the new engine achieves its peak output earlier and there’s a reduction in fuel consumption of 7% .

Also, as mentioned it is available with an all-wheel drive system. Best of all, the road tax is noticeably cheaper.

Other Changes To The 2022 Proton X70

Besides that, there are a few other changes to the X70 including:

  • ‘quartz black’ finishing on the front and rear bumpers
  • new 19″ alloy wheels
  • a foot sensor on the powered tailgate
  • nappa leather seats
  • black headlining
  • Proton Intelligent Air Purification System system (N95 cabin filter + air purifier)

Here’s the press release with more.


PROTON today launched the 2022 Proton X70, offering styling updates and a new option for buyers seeking an SUV with improved fuel efficiency. Malaysia’s best-selling C-segment SUV now comes with a 1.5L TGDi, turbocharged direct injection engine, presenting a new compact alternative to the familiar 1.8L TGDi engine.

Performance Designed for the Millennial Driver

Developed with the latest engine technology and innovation, the 1.5L TGDi engine has been five years in the making, involving over 100 key experts in a global collaboration and recording over 12 million kilometres of testing in the most extreme and stressful conditions and climates. The highly reliable and market-proven engine has recorded over 750,000 units on the road globally and is available in 22 countries with diverse weather and road conditions.

With higher efficiency per cylinder and a more compact engine packaging, chosen to suit the contemporary millennial driver, the 1.5L TGDi engine achieves a max power output of 177PS and torque of 255Nm, hitting its peak earlier at 1500rpm. In comparison to the 1.8L TGDi engine, there is a 7% reduction in fuel consumption on the urban cycle. Customers have the option to select the AWD variant, equipped with real-time intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which automatically transfers torque to rear wheels based on demand, thus improving handling according to varying road conditions.

The 1.5L TGDi engines are built at Tanjung Malim, at a new production line that meets the strict quality standards required for one of the most advanced locally assembled engines in Malaysia.

Refreshed and Refined Design

Beyond the engine, the 2022 Proton X70 also offers enhanced features for the driver and passengers’ comfort and a refreshed look. These include quartz black finishing on the front and rear bumpers, new 19-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate with foot sensor and Nappa leather seats with new black headlining. For added comfort and peace of mind, the 2022 Proton X70 comes with Proton Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS) – a combination of N95 cabin filter (incorporated into the air-conditioning) and air purifier system, works twice as efficiently to improve the air quality inside the cabin.

Redefined Connectivity and Reassured Safety

The 2022 Proton X70 offers a host of intelligent and connected features that make driving more convenient and safer. With Voice Command, saying “Hi PROTON” allows the driver to operate the windows and air conditioning, or even access online navigation. Additionally, the PROTON Link app monitors vehicle status and allows for remote control of specific functions. For added enjoyment and convenience, the nine speakers with power amplifier and subwoofer enhances the music experience while the six USB ports provides ample charging solutions.

Safety is also prioritised in the 2022 Proton X70, which was awarded the 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating, supported by a comprehensive list of safety features such as six SRS airbags, Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and 360 camera with 3D display for hassle-free parking.

Exterior colour options for the 2022 Proton X70 are Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey, Ruby Red, Cinnamon Brown and Space Grey, offered in accordance with the variant chosen.

The 2022 Proton X70 is now available for booking online at and at authorised PROTON showrooms.

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