Proton just announced a new upgrade for the 2020 Proton X70 across all trim levels. Dubbed Proton Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS), it’s basically an update to the C-segment SUV’s existing air purifier system. Now, it is fitted with an N95 cabin filter, improving in-cabin air quality of the vehicle even further.
Previously, the X70’s air purifier system was fitted with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, which can remove 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. The new N95 cabin filter, on the other hand, can remove 95% of particles larger than 0.3 microns and 98% of PM2.5 dust particulates.
According to Proton, this makes the N95 cabin filter an effective barrier against smoke particulates, dust, bacteria, and other pollutants. It offers a “high level of protection against airborne pollutants for a cleaner and healthier environment,” the national carmaker added.
If you’re an existing owner of the Proton X70 – whether it’s the CBU or CKD model – you will be able to have the new N95 cabin filter retrofitted. It costs RM79 to do so, but note that this amount does not include labour charges. Service appointments to fit the new filter can be made from tomorrow onwards on 13 May.
Besides that, Proton will also be running a service campaign from 18 May to 18 August. In this time period, existing X70 owners can purchase the N95 cabin filter with 15% discount.
To recap, the Proton X70 is the company’s latest SUV. Initially introduced in late 2018, the locally assembled (CKD) version of the car was launched earlier this year. The new model brings a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission co-developed by Geely and Volvo.
Thanks to this new transmission, the X70 has slightly better performance than the previous CBU model, even though it soldiers on with the familiar 1.8L turbocharged direct injection engine. Proton said that the 7DCT gives the X70 5% more torque, bringing the figure up to 300Nm from 285Nm. Power output of the engine, on the other hand, remains the same at 181hp.
At the moment, only the Proton X70 will be fitted with the new P-IAPS feature. However, the CEO of Proton, Li Chunrong, said that “our designers and engineers are working to fit the N95 cabin filter in our other models too.” Chances are, P-IAPS will also be implemented in future Proton vehicles, which may include the carmaker’s highly anticipated B-segment SUV, the Proton X50.