Proton X70 Facelift Spied In KL With Mild Rear End Redesign

This newly revised Proton X70 is set to be launched some time in 2024. 

Despite Proton having only recently given the X70 a minor revision last year, it would appear that a much more comprehensive update will be available for this Malaysian SUV soon. And going by the test vehicle that was recently spotted testing on the roads of KL recently, this particular refresh will bring a host of exterior enhancements to this now 5-year old model. 

Starting from the rear first, significant camouflage on its lower portion indicates for the refreshed X70 to likely net a slightly redesigned rear bumper. Camouflage placed on the trim piece connecting its tail lights also points to there being a change in the current Proton SUV’s gloss black trim too, though the lack of disguise on its tail lights indicates that the existing units will still soldier on into the facelifted cars.

What this facelifted X70 will feature however look to be some new dual-spoke alloy wheels, which going from past precedent with Proton are likely to be the set that is on the refreshed Geely Boyue that was first launched in 2022. And while on the topic of the aforementioned Chinese SUV, it would appear that its updated Malaysian counterpart will also likely net a similarly extensively revised front fascia to it too. 

While perhaps not the most clear in this particular set of photos, other spy shots circulating on the internet does nevertheless show for an X70 test mule to be sporting some extensive camouflage on its front end. It can also be seen through the disguise for this refreshed Proton SUV to feature a slimmer lights and a larger grille than the outgoing model, bringing it face to be more in line with the newly launched X90. 

Said front grille also seems to feature the X90’s new Mercedes-esque songket-inspired Infinite Weave pattern, which would likely give this refreshed X70 a more upmarket appearance. A redesigned front bumper with a more intricate lower front fascia and a more sculpted bonnet meanwhile (both of which is currently observed on the refreshed Geely Boyue) are likely the other minor exterior enhancements made to the front of this Proton SUV. 

With this X70 facelift to still being in its testing phase, it is unsurprising that Proton has yet not revealed what else is to be new on this updated model. That said, there is a rumour that under the hood of this revised SUV could be the X90’s 48 V mild hybrid 1.5-litre three cylinder mill. 

There is unfortunately also no spy shots within this refreshed X70, but it is worth noting for all that has been added during the Boyue facelift was a larger 10.25-inch central infotainment touchscreen in place of the old 8-inch unit. It is however possible for Proton to add a few more active driver aids during this refresh too, in order to match the Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities currently available in its smaller and larger SUV siblings. 

In any case, more information regarding this refreshed X70 will likely be available in due course. Proton has yet to announce an official release date for the launch of this facelift, but it could be expected to arrive sometime next year. 

Joshua Chin

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

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