Geely Boyue-based Proton X70 hits Malaysia on Dec. 12
Malaysian car maker Proton saw its first SUV model--the Proton X70 officially hit the market on December 12, more than a year after China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group bought 49.9% stake in the company. 
Proton said that the X70 is also the first model jointly developed with Geely. The new model, offering 4 variants, is priced from 99,800 ringgit (around RMB164,130) to 123,800 ringgit (around RMB203,600). Since the X70 targets such Southeast Asian countries as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, the driver's seat is on the right-hand side of the car.
Based on the Geely's Boyue, the Proton X70 looks quite same as the China-made SUV model in exterior, aside from Proton's logo and a brand-new grille.
The side profile and the rear end retain the design of the Geely Boyue as well. The floating roof, the large-sized bottom fender, the sooty taillights as well as the exhaust pipe arrangement all derive from the Geely Boyue. What is different is that the Proton X70 features a black trim with its brand lettering between taillights instead of the chrome trim for the for Boyue.
The X70's interior is also heavily similar to the Boyue, featuring a gently undulating instrument panel, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and an arch bridge-shaped center console coupled with an electrical park brake. A visible functional change is the twin rear air-conditioning vents instead of the Boyue's single vent.
All four variants are powered by 1.8-litre turbocharged engine that churns out a maximum output of 184hp and peak torque of 285 N·m, mated to a 6-speed automatic manual transmission. 
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