Here it is, the Proton S70! Positioned as a C-segment sedan, we had the chance to drive the upcoming model briefly around Proton’s test track in Shah Alam for a taste of its driving dynamics. Of course, we also got to spend some time checking out the exterior and interior of the S70.
To recap, four different variants of the S70 are offered: Executive, Premium, Flagship, and Flagship X, which is the model you see here. All variants of the S70 are also powered by the same 1.5L turbo engine that produces 150PS and 226Nm of torque paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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 – we’ll find out its local pricing then.