At the media preview of the Proton S70, the national carmaker also revealed that the upcoming C-segment sedan has been tuned for Malaysian roads. This is similar to what Proton has done for its X series SUVs, and the carmaker’s signature ride and handling are definitely present in the S70.
According to Proton, the S70 has traveled a total of 1.2 million kilometre in its development, taking up over 75,000 hours of testing. The company also revealed that the sedan will feature three steering modes (Normal, Comfort, Sport), which can be customised to the car’s three driving modes of the same name.
Proton recently confirmed that the S70 features a 1.5L turbo engine that does 150PS and 226Nm of torque paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Chances are, this is the same transmission used in the X50 and X70. But based on our brief time testing the car, the driving characteristics of the S70 feel quite different.
In the safety side of things, the S70’s ADAS is said to be similar to the X90’s, albeit with the omission of Auto Park Assist (APA) and Emergency Lane Keep Assist (ELKA). That being said, this is still a very sophisticated ADAS, especially for a C-segment sedan. Not only does it have 12 different sensors, it also supports Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Centering Control, Lane Change Assist, and even Traffic Sign Information.
However, it’s worth noting that only the top two models of the S70 – Flagship and Flagship X, with the latter adding on a sunroof – are equipped with ADAS. You don’t get these active safety features with the base Executive or mid-tier Premium models. Nonetheless, at least the inclusion of six airbags is standard across the range.
Bookings for the Proton S70 are now open at all Proton 3S and 4S outlets, with public previews happening from 11 November onwards. Chances are, the previews will be reserved for customers who have placed a booking for the sedan. Production has started for the S70, so it is very likely the sedan will be launched sometime this month, just as promised.