Proton, the Malaysian carmaker is back in South Africa after a hiatus and is launching its X50 and X70 SUVs in September 2022. Here’s what’s on offer regarding Proton X50 and X70 specs.
We reported earlier this year that the Malaysian carmaker was making a return to South Africa with an arsenal of new products and CMH Group would be handling the dealerships and distribution.
As a reminder, the Malaysian brand is owned by Chinese carmaker Geely since 2017. Geely also owns Volvo, Polestar and Lotus, and has a stake in Mercedes-Benz.
We understand that CMH will have at least 25 Proton dealerships.
So, what can South African motorists expect in terms of the Proton X50 and X70 Specs & Prices? There’ll be two SUV models; the Proton X50 and the Proton X70. All are powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine but there are 2 states of tune available including 110 kW / 226 Nm and 130 kW / 255 Nm for the range-topping derivatives. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is a standard across both vehicle ranges. We suspect this motor is similar to the one found in the XC40 T3.
Dimensions of 4 330 mm, 1 800 mm x 1 609 mm puts it in Toyota C-HR and Kia Seltos territory. Buyers have the choice of 4 trim levels including Standard, Luxury, Executive, and Premium.
The X50 1.5T Standard includes features such as 4 airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, fabric upholstery and an 8-inch infotainment system with a reverse camera. The X50 Luxury adds features such as automatic headlights, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leatherette upholstery. Opt for the Executive derivative and the specification is boosted further to include 18-inch alloy wheels, a larger 10-inch infotainment screen with a 360-degree camera and a tyre-pressure monitoring system. The range-topping 1.5 TDGI Premium derivative gains the 130kW engine as well as driver assistance systems, a panoramic sunroof and a 2-tone exterior.
How much does the Proton X50 cost in South Africa?
X50 1.5T Standard – R449 900
X50 1.5T Luxury – R499 900
X50 1.5T Executive – R535 900
X50 1.5 TDGI Premium – R579 900
The Proton X50 is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 5-year/80 000km service plan and 5-year roadside assistance.
Dimensions of 4 519mm, 1 831mm, and 1 694mm puts the Proton X70 in the same bracket as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5.
The bigger Proton X70 is offered in 4 levels of trim including Standard, Executive, Executive AWD and Premium AWD. Note that all X70 derivatives are powered by the
The X70 Standard is fitted with halogen headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, fabric upholstery, an 8-inch infotainment system, 6-speaker radio, an air purification system and 6 airbags. The Executive derivative adds LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, welcome lights, an electric tailgate, leatherette upholstery, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, an 8-speaker radio system and a 360-degree camera. This Executive derivative can be had in all-wheel-drive guise too and then features such as driver assistance features, tyre pressure monitoring system, 19-inch alloy wheels, Nappa leather upholstery and a 9-speaker radio with amplifier and subwoofer. The range-topping X70 1.5TDGi Premium further adds a panoramic sunroof to the package.
How much does the Proton X70 cost in South Africa?
X70 1.5 TDGi Standard – R529 900
X70 1.5 TDGi Executive 2WD – R579 900
X70 1.5 TDGi Executive 4WD – R629 900
X70 1.5 TDGi Premium 4WD – R639 900
The Proton X70 is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 5-year/80 000km service plan and 5-year roadside assistance.