PROTON is set for its first big launch of the year—the locally-assembled 2020 Proton X70. The national automaker confirmed that the CKD model will feature a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission co-developed by Geely and Volvo, in place of the six-speed slushbox on the current model.
The seven-speed wet clutch gearbox is the same one found on the Volvo XC40 as well as the latest range of Lynk & Co and Geely models. The gearbox comes with a shift-by-wire electronic gear lever, with shifting speed between gears as quick as 0.3 seconds.
According to PaulTan.org, the existing 1.8-litre direct-injection turbo powerplant will be retained on the upcoming CKD Proton X70.
Mechanically, the four-potter remains untouched but the new transmission has freed up an extra 15Nm of torque, bringing the total figure to 300Nm (1,750-4,000rpm). Power remains unchanged at 181hp at 5,500rpm.
The power lump is reported to meet new Euro 6d regulations, although it will still run our local Euro 4M petrol.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the new box provides marginal gains—down from 7.8L per 100km to 7.6L per 100km for the front-wheel drive model. The existing Proton X70 with its six-speed box isn’t exactly frugal in the first place.
The CKD 2020 Proton X70 will be identical to the fully-imported CBU version aside for slight cosmetic changes including PROTON’s new corporate logo.
The Proton X70 has catalysed PROTON’s resurgence and growth in the local automotive market. The SUV is the first vehicle jointly developed by PROTON and Geely and is the first Proton vehicle in the premium SUV segment.
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