Proton S70 official launch event will be taking place on 28 November, just weeks after its existence was formally revealed to the world. The national automaker announced the launch date through its Facebook page.
The Proton S70 is essentially the national automaker’s first all-new sedan offering since the Proton Persona released in 2016. It has been described as a C-segment model with B-segment pricing, even though its official price tag has not yet been revealed.
So, it is quite likely that the S70 will compete in the same space as Honda City and Toyota Vios despite having a physical body closer to the Honda Civic. Regarding availability, you can already book the new model on 1 November with a refundable booking of RM500.
While the new model might be based on the 4th generation Geely Emgrand, the S70 performs better than its Geely counterpart, which is currently available in China and the Phillippines. This is due to its port-injection 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder engine.
Also used for the lower-end variant Proton X50 SUV, this particular engine can deliver 148hp alongside 223NM of torque and is paired with a 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. While its top speed is still unknown, the Proton S70 can go from 0 to 100km/h in under 10 seconds.
You can obtain the new sedan in four variants, including the base Executive option, which features 16-inch allow wheels, fabric seats, and halogen headlamps. On the other hand, the Premium variant offers several upgrades, including LED headlamps and a taillight bar, as well as leatherette seats, a reverse camera, and auto air-conditioning.
There are also the Flagship and Flagship X options that provide 17-inch wheels together with a driver power seat and wireless charger. Instead of the 8-inch infotainment head unit (IHU) as per the two lower-end variants, both come with a larger 12.3-inch IHU and a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
If you want to have an Advance Driver Assistance System (ADAS) with your S70, then your option will be limited to just the Flagship and Flagship X variants as well. Among the features provided by the system include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Centring Assist.
Other than that, there is also Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Door Opening Warning, Automatic High Beam and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Not to forget, they have also been fitted with a 360-degree camera.