KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 27, 2018: The Proton X70, the new sport utility vehicle (SUV) introduced in partnership with China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, has been receiving about 200 to 300 bookings each day since it was officially launched two weeks ago.
Over 60 per cent of the bookings were for the premium variant, indicating that buyers were attracted to the better features and equipment.
“Strong support has continued and this has been the best response received by Proton for a long time,” Proton Edar Sdn. Bhd. chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Rashid Musa said at a media dinner yesterday.
The national carmaker has reported over 15,000 bookings after the long pre-launch campaign for its first-ever SUV.
Launched on December 12, the SUV comes in four variants – standard wheel drive (2WD), executive 2WD, executive AWD and premium 2WD – with prices ranging between RM99,800 and RM123,800 for the premium 2WD on-the-road without insurance. The same prices apply to Sabah and Sarawak.
The X70, which has been adapted from Geely’s best-selling left-hand-drive Boyue model, will initially be produced entirely in China.
Proton and Geely plan to start manufacturing the right-hand-drive (RHD) version at Proton’s plant in Tanjung Malim, as a completely knocked down (CKD) vehicle next year.
Rashid said while the plant was being upgraded as a RHD production home for the SUV, Proton could sell as many X70 CBU units as allowed under approved permits while waiting for the CKD line to be ready around October 2019.
The X70 is equipped with mobile communication technology, an advanced integrated cockpit information system which offers multiple user functions as well as the ability to stay connected to a mobile device.
Through an embedded eSIM card, the X70’s system is preloaded with four apps offering services such as online music streaming, navigation, weather forecast and voice recognition.
Proton is offering X70 buyers special value-added packages which include free parts and labour for the first service as well as free labour for five scheduled service appointments within 100,000 kilometres or five years.
The company will also offer low interest rates starting from 2.34 per cent per annum, unlimited mileage warranty for up to five years and one gigabyte monthly Internet data for five years.
New bookings for the X70 will stand a chance to receive the car within two to three months from the order date, depending on the variant and colour. — Bernama