Proton Has Started S70 Production, Bookings Now Open Too

Proton is currently accepting bookings for its new S70 sedan with a fee of RM 500. 

It has certainly been a long time coming, but Proton has finally unveiled its new S70 sedan. Its first sedan since the Persona that debut in August 2016, the Malaysian automaker has also since announced that prospective buyers can begin making bookings for this new model at its dealerships from today with a fee of RM 500. 

Proton has further celebrated for the first of these new S70s to roll off its Tanjung Malim factory recently, and has revealed for customer previews of this sedan will be held in several major Malaysian state capitals beginning from November 11. The automaker has even announced the new tagline for this model as “Intelligence that Evolves”, but it still unfortunately remains to be seen when the official launch will take place. 

Happily however, Proton has confirmed at least a few details with this new upcoming sedan. Chief among which is for the S70 to be netting the same 1.5-litre turbocharged three pot and 7-speed dual clutch transmission that currently is featured in its various SUVs, which going by the X70 should be sending 177 PS and 255 Nm to its front wheels. 

This recent unveiling has also finally showcased what exactly this new S70 looks like too. And much like the other aforementioned Proton SUVs, it appears for the aesthetic differences from the Geely Emgrand on the outside at least to perhaps be limited to a new X90-esque grille up front and a new bootlid garnish round its rump. 

In any case, the photos shared by Proton of this new car does nevertheless show for presumably the highest-spec variant at least to receive a sunroof and 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels shod in Goodyear tyres. Official interior shots of the S70 too reveals for it to mainly carry over the Emgrand’s cabin, with a digital instrument cluster and large central infotainment screen among the key technical highlights within the cabin. 

Other little things inside the S70 spotted from the photos meanwhile include leather upholstery, automatic climate control, rear air-con vents and a wireless phone charging pad. Proton has also further claimed for this new sedan to be ‘endowed with intelligent safety technology’ and ‘connectivity’, but it remains to be seen as to exactly what it means by that. 

The Malaysian automaker has yet to unveil the exact pricing too of its newly-unveiled sedan. Though going by past precedence, it is all but expected for this Civic-sized S70 to possibly be priced around the same RM 85k – RM 100k range as the Honda City and Toyota Vios. 

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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