Proton launched the latest 2020 Proton X70 in Brunei last weekend on 6 September, making it the first export market to receive the Malaysian-made model, which is assembled at the national carmaker’s Tanjung Malim plant. It’s worth noting that Brunei was also the first export market to get the X70 in CBU form last year.
Just like its predecessor, three variants of the 2020 Proton X70 are offered in Brunei: Standard, Executive, and Premium X. Of course, the specs of these trims are identical to the ones offered here in Malaysia, including the 1.8L turbocharged direct injection engine that outputs 181hp and 300Nm of torque.
Compared to the CBU X70, the 2020 model swaps out the six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox for a more responsive seven-speed (wet) dual-clutch transmission co-developed by Geely and Volvo. Thanks to the new 7DCT, the updated X70 can sprint from zero to 100kmph in only 9.5 seconds; a whole second faster than the previous model.
Proton also gave some updates on the sales figure of the 2020 Proton X70 right here in Malaysia. According to the national carmaker, as many as 12,732 units of the C-segment SUV has been delivered up to the end of August 2020. Proton added that this makes up 25.9% of the total Malaysian SUV market.
Evidently, the 2020 Proton X70 is selling very well in the Malaysian market. Chances are, Proton’s sales figure will be further amplified by the launch of its upcoming B-segment SUV.