Those who have booked a Proton X70, the first SUV from PROTON, or are planning to do, so will be pleased to know that it has been tested under the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) and scored the maximum of 5 stars. The X70, tested against ASEAN NCAP’s tougher 2017 – 2020 protocol, joins other 5-star Proton models such as the Iriz, Persona, Preve and Suprima S.
This is ASEAN NCAP’s summary after analysing the results of the crash test conducted at the laboratory of its affiliate, the China Automotive Technology and Research Centre (CATARC): “The Proton X70 is the first SUV produced by Proton and the latest of its model that underwent ASEAN NCAP assessment. The new X70 comes with six airbags as standard. Similar to other Proton’s previous models, Proton keeps to its safety benchmark by equipping the new SUV with several safety active features as standard namely Electronic Stability Control and Seatbelt Reminder System for frontal occupants. In addition, the X70 also offers other Advanced Safety Assist Technologies either as standard or as an optional equipment. With an overall score of 89.24 points, the Proton X70 has successfully obtained 5-Star ASEAN NCAP rating.”
It is understood that the initial batch of X70s are being produced at a Geely factory in China and exported to Malaysia as local production will only commence at the Tg. Malim factory in Perak from early 2019. Therefore, it would have been one of those units selected for testing, hence the use of the CATARC facility in China instead of ASEAN NCAP’s own facility in Melaka. In ASEAN NCAP’s report, the country of origin is not specified and only listed as ‘OTHER ASEAN PRODUCTION’.
That a unit made in China was likely to have been used should not make any difference since the structural engineering of a China-made X70 and one made in Malaysia should be identical. One of the contributory factors to the strength of the bodyshell is the use of Hot Press Forming for the body structures. This process achieves optimal tensile strength with significantly low shape deformation which, in simple terms, means that there is a high level of protection for the occupants.
Proton’s R&D team paid close attention to every detail to ensure the Proton X70 would obtain a high score. Under the new protocol, safety assist technology is taken into consideration and counts for 25% of the overall score. The X70 has many advanced safety assist features, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Information System. Until recently, these features were only available with more expensive high-end models.
“Thanks to the diligent efforts of Proton’s designers and engineers, the company has managed to extend its reputation for building cars capable of protecting their occupants in the event of an accident. Aside from the advanced driver assistance system that is making its debut on a Proton model, the Proton X70 is also fitted with various convenience features such as voice command, Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent High Beam Control and a 360-degree camera for safe manoeuvring in tight spaces,” said Abdul Rashid Musa, CEO of Proton Edar.
Following a series of closed-door previews for invited guests and media, the X70 will be making its public debut at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 which will be on from November 23 to December 2. There will be 5 units on display, presumably showing the different variants and colours.
“Proton is now ready for our SUV to meet the Malaysian public. Visitors to KLIMS will be given full access to our showcars and we encourage everyone to explore the various design, technology, safety and performance aspects of the Proton X70 by spending some time at our interactive areas to get to know it better. There are a lot of technological and specification firsts for Proton with this model so we want to make sure all our customers are able to fully appreciate what we hope will be a game changer for the company,” said Encik Abdul Rashid Musa.
Visit www.proton.com to locate a showroom where you can place a booking or you can also do so online.