2024 Proton S70 particulars, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at Metropolis/Vios value?

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2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

Not like lots of Proton’s current new mannequin launches, the Proton S70’s gestation interval is comparatively quick. First official particulars and pictures surfaced on November 1, and final week, we attended a media preview in Shah Alam to stand up shut with, and behind the wheel of Proton’s newest sedan on the corporate’s take a look at observe. We could also be on the tail finish of 2023, however the S70 might be launched earlier than the 12 months closes.

For now, we’ll share all that we all know in regards to the S70, barring a couple of parts nonetheless beneath wraps reminiscent of equipment and pricing. I see many debates in regards to the section of the S70, and I’m not stunned that there’s a (heated, as at all times with Protons) dialog on this, as a result of it’s not easy – even the media had been discussing this on the occasion.

The Nice Debate

So, is the S70 a B- or C-segment sedan? Effectively, it’s primarily based on the Geely Emgrand, which sits on the BMA platform, and the automobile has a 1.5 litre NA engine/CVT combo elsewhere – 1.5L CVT is in fact the ASEAN B-segment default set by the Toyota Vios and Honda Metropolis.

2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

In truth, everybody thought that automobile codenamed SS11 can be known as ‘Proton S50’ until we noticed spyshots of the S70 badge final month. The anticipated pricing of the S70 can also be squarely inside the Metropolis-Vios house, and the 2 class stalwarts had been chosen as rivals within the media preview acceleration take a look at.

It’s a B then. However Proton complicates issues (by design, I’m positive) by giving the sedan the ’70’ title. Formally, Proton is asking this a C-segment sedan, and ’70’ ties in with the X70, a C-SUV. The carmaker has additionally plonked in a 1.5 litre turbo engine and dual-clutch gearbox instead of the 1.5L NA CVT that powers the Emgrand in China and the Philippines. Assume 1.5T, assume Honda Civic, proper?

What about dimensions? Glad you requested. We don’t have Proton’s figures but, however the Emgrand is 4,638 mm lengthy and 1,822 mm huge, with a 2,650 mm wheelbase. That’s 58 mm longer and 74 mm wider than a Honda Metropolis, and the S70’s wheelbase is 50 mm longer too. In truth, the S70 is longer and wider than the Preve and Inspira, Proton’s earlier two C-segment sedans.

2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

It’s a C then. However automobiles develop in dimension, and a Civic then (FB, when the Preve was launched) isn’t the identical as a Civic now. On that word, at present’s Civic FE is 40 mm longer than the S70, and the Honda’s 2,735 mm wheelbase is 85 mm longer. The Civic’s WB benefit over the S70 is greater than the Proton’s benefit over the Metropolis. The entire Civic, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 are additionally decrease slung than the S70, giving them sportier proportions.

We’ll depart it as much as you to position the S70, because it’s a little bit of a mishmash. Outdoors of automobile man circles, Proton calling their new sedan C-segment will allow salesmen to make use of the “Civic rival at Metropolis value” good worth pitch, identical to what they did with the X70.

Turbo-DCT from X50

We already know that the S70 may have turbo energy as a substitute of the Emgrand’s customary 1.5L NA unit, however now we will affirm that the turbo engine in query is the 1.5-litre port-injected three-cylinder engine that powers the X50 Customary to Premium, and never the 177 PS/255 Nm 1.5L TGDi unit within the X50 Flagship and X70 MC. Like within the non-Flagship X50, the 1.5L MPI unit’s output is 150 PS/226 Nm within the S70.

2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

For these protecting rely, the Civic’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder VTEC turbo engine makes 182 PS and 240 Nm, which is 32 PS and 14 PS greater than the S70.

Moreover the purpose {that a} turbo engine would make the S70 a extra convincing C-segment sedan, it additionally makes good enterprise sense for Proton because the engine is already made in Tanjong Malim for the X50, whereas Geely’s 1.5L NA is just not utilized in any present Proton. Utilizing the engine in two fashions offers Proton higher economies of scale, and on this case, the buyer advantages too. Ditto the seven-speed wet-clutch DCT.

Native enter, deluxe Emgrand

Not a lot – it’s what it’s – however there’s some native enter. Within the swap from left- to right-hand drive, the S70 challenge noticed the event of 453 new elements with the involvement of 283 native suppliers, Proton says. The sedan has 145 knocked down (KD) elements and 24 in-house Proton developed elements. After all, the engine is made in Malaysia. A complete of 260,000 man hours had been utilised.

Nonetheless, the goal is to succeed in 70% native content material in a few years, deputy CEO Roslan Abdullah revealed on the media preview. That’s nowhere close to the over 90% native content material of Perodua fashions from launch, and non-national fashions in all probability supply extra from Malaysia. This isn’t of concern to the shopper, in fact, and we solely noticed one Geely brand on the fleet of pre-production automobiles – on the sunroof.

The obvious change from the Emgrand is the S70’s grille, which mixes the ‘Infinite Weave’ and ‘Ethereal Bow’ cues from previous Geely-Protons to type an elaborate but neat grille with pins. The aspect edges of the grille are blacked out to stress the Ethereal Bow (decrease border), and Proton’s new spherical tiger badge floats within the center. To us, it’s a good-looking face and one which’s a lot better trying than the Emgrand, which has vertical traces in its grille.

Every thing else is as per the Geely, together with G20 BMW 3 Sequence-style ‘aspect intakes’, the two-tone 17-inch wheels, the marginally jarring protrusion of chrome from the A pillars and the flamboyant rear LED full-width signatures.

Talking of the hind lights, they carry out a present while you unlock the automobile and look like naturally ‘smoked’ even in daylight. We’re additionally questioning why the sensible entry button on the driving force’s door deal with is in chrome, and never hidden away in physique color. There’s no button on the passenger aspect by the best way, and it’s a downgrade from the contact sensor on Proton’s SUVs.

2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

If the outside is essentially Emgrand bar the grille and rear Proton badge, the inside is a deluxe model of the sedan in comparison with what’s out there within the Philippines, and to a lesser diploma, China. The default gear lever is a traditional tall stick, however Proton is providing the stubby ‘T-design’ digital shifter from the X90, which appears far more superior and premium.

Extra elements sharing with present Protons (which aren’t from the unique Emgrand) will be seen within the steering wheel from the X50. Additionally, the sedan’s cabin is peppered with a mushy materials that has a songket-inspired sample. You will discover this S70-exclusive trim on the dashboard and door armrests – it’s a pleasant contact.

An important side of the native enter is none apart from the well-regarded ‘Proton trip and dealing with’. The carmaker says that the S70 is tuned for Malaysian roads and the R&D crew spent 75,000 man hours and drove a mixed 1.2 million km of improvement miles. Usually, Chinese language automobiles are softly sprung and comfort-oriented to swimsuit the native palate, however Malaysians drive quicker and require extra management, extra dynamics.

A lot of equipment, on the high

The S70 will are available 4 variants, however we’ll name it ‘3+’. Not like the X50, there’s no Customary variant, and the sedan’s vary begins from Government. The mid-level spec is Premium and the highest one is the Flagship. The Flagship X makes it 4, however the one distinction the ‘X’ brings is a sunroof and an unique Quartz Black paint choice.

Is the S70 nicely geared up? Sure, however the entry-level Government is certain to look vastly completely different from the Flagship/Flagship X automobiles that had been on responsibility on the media preview. A lot of the outside and inside bits that make the S70 look fancy (LED headlamps, rear LED signatures, 17-inch wheels that look nearly massive sufficient, digital meter panel, infotainment touchscreen) should not current within the Government. A low entry value will get extra eyeballs.

All variants have the identical 1.5T 7DCT powertrain, six airbags, lane change help and an digital parking brake (we’re not 100% positive if auto maintain can also be customary throughout the board, but it surely needs to be). The Government comes with material seats, halogen headlamps, 16-inch wheels and an 8.0-inch head unit. To get LED headlamps (projectors) and hind lights, you’ll have to purchase the Premium, which additionally provides on leatherette upholstery, auto air-con and a reverse digicam.

LED headlamps have been customary on the Perodua Myvi since 2017, and even a RM40k Axia will get them, so the bottom S70 is nowhere close to C-segment by way of tools. We’ll see what the worth hole is between variants, but it surely appears just like the Premium is the place the vary actually begins. Even so, there’s no ADAS on the midpoint.

Proton is as soon as once more reserving driver help for the Flagship. The great ADAS suite contains Autonomous Emergency Braking with Ahead Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Management with Cease & Go, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Lane Centring Management, Visitors Signal Data, Clever Excessive Beam Management, Lane Change Help (blind spot), Door Opening Warning, Rear Collision Warning and Rear Cross Visitors Alert. By the best way, ADAS is just not out there on the Emgrand, so that is one more Proton-exclusive function.

The Flagship additionally will get a tyre stress monitoring system, the 17-inch two-tone alloys you see right here, the cockpit’s twin display setup (10.3-inch meter, 12.3-inch infotainment with Hello Proton), wi-fi charger, powered driver’s seat (not one of the B-segment gamers have this) and 360-degree digicam with 3D show.

As talked about, the Premium X’s solely additional piece of equipment is the sunroof, however the vary topper does get an unique Quartz Black paint choice. Black isn’t a standard color for Protons – will this automobile be provided to the federal government? The Flagship X may also be had in Snow White, House Gray, Marine Blue and Teal Bayou Inexperienced – the latter is a new-to-Proton color impressed by our tropical seashores.

The signature inexperienced and Marine Blue, that are the colors you see within the studio pics right here, are reserved for the Flagship and above. The darkish blue automobile has a five-piece bodykit consisting of a entrance lip, aspect skirts, rear bumper extension and a boot spoiler. Proton didn’t point out the bodykit in its presentation although, so we’ll have to attend for the launch for extra particulars. No R3 logos on the equipment, by the best way.

First impressions

It may very well be simply me, however there’s at all times a unique sort of buzz once we’re seeing a Proton/Perodua for the primary time. Extra anticipation and extra stress too, as a result of it looks like nationwide automobiles are nicely, of nationwide curiosity – everybody talks about it, everyone desires to find out about it, not simply automobile individuals. We genuinely wish to see the automobiles do nicely, but in addition have the responsibility to report as it’s.

2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

Kudos to Proton for having a few automobiles that it sees because the S70’s rivals on the preview. So assured they’re that it wasn’t simply the Vios and Metropolis current (that’s the worth vary P1 is aiming for) – we had been all shocked to see the BMW 2 Sequence Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan parked alongside for static comparability! Certainly not ‘Asia’s reply to BMW’ yet again? Extra on that later.

Our first impression of the S70 is an efficient one. This can be a three-box sedan that’s good-looking in a barely old-fashioned manner, and it jogs my memory of the third-generation Subaru Legacy (B4 RSK!). Proton might need simply modified the grille of the Emgrand, but it surely’s a change for the higher – the S70 appears extra premium than the Geely. SUVs rule the market today, however many guys nonetheless like sedans, and we predict that the S70 will seize the creativeness of many bros on the market.

Step in and also you’re greeted by a throughly up to date cockpit with three of the preferred parts checked – horizontal sprint format (at all times emphasised by full-width look AC vents), a excessive centre console, and two screens (meter and central). The latter offers off a high-tech, superior really feel that goes nicely with (and is integral to) the minimalist design. Loads of X90 parts, however the S70’s cockpit is far more fashionable.

2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

Look nearer and also you’ll discover a pleasant native contact – the passenger-facing piece of trim beneath the AC vents is mushy to the contact and has a pleasant songket-inspired sample. This materials is repeated on the door armrests. This and the sprint high each cross the knock-knock Malaysian showroom take a look at – the sprint high, which has stitching on the sting, feels strong. Additionally good is the stitched sample on the door playing cards, which jogs my memory of Asics’ Tiger Stripes.

This optimistic really feel doesn’t circulate into the centre console and doorways; the latter is roofed in scratchy onerous plastic and the door handles, whereas properly built-in design-wise, has a lacquer-like silver end that feels low cost. So, general perceived high quality is a blended bag, and sitting within the BMW 2GC after the S70 merely emphasised the gulf in premiumness.

To be honest, onerous plastics are frequent within the B-segment, which the S70 might be priced towards. But it surely’s Proton who’s calling it a C (Civic cabin feels extra premium in contact and really feel) and introduced a BMW alongside. As talked about, we just like the design and superior really feel, and the IP is high quality.

2024 Proton S70 details, first impressions – 1.5T 7DCT; 150PS, 226 Nm; C-segment sedan at City/Vios price?

We pushed the S70 alongside a brief course in Proton’s Shah Alam proving floor and likewise had it in a drag race with the Metropolis and Vios. It didn’t take lengthy to infer that the S70 is tuned for consolation slightly than sport, as a sub-RM100k household sedan needs to be – it’s straightforward to drive with mild and clean steering, and first trip consolation needs to be good, primarily based on its calm, composed response to a dip within the course.

We didn’t attempt the sedan on tough surfaces, however primarily based on pattern and Proton’s well-proven capabilities in trip and dealing with, the S70 needs to be a well-damped, forgiving trip. Anticipate some lean on steady-state cornering from this comparatively tall sedan, however nothing too disconcerting.

It is determined by what your expectations are, however should you hear 1.5T DCT and assume ‘VW TSI DSG’ or ‘Civic-beater’, be ready to be disenchanted. There’s a major delay between your proper foot asking for full throttle and the powertrain getting the message, a lot in order that the Metropolis persistently beats the S70 off the road.

However give the Proton sufficient highway and it’ll finally overtake and draw back from the Honda, because it ought to, being turbocharged. The Vios? Fairly a distance away from the opposite two, actually. Away from the drag strip’s standing begin, the in-gear acceleration of a turbocharged automobile can be helpful in minimize and thrust day by day driving.

Talking of the day by day grind, we seen that the S70’s transmission swaps gears fairly leisurely for a dual-clutch unit, and its engine is extra audible than the Vios at idle and low speeds, whereas sounding coarser. In terms of isolation, Toyota is tops – even the previous-generation Vios/present Yaris is extra refined on the transfer. Personally, I really feel that the dearth of powertrain refinement is at odds with the premium messaging.

Transferring to the again seat, we will report that the bench is properly formed and the seat base peak is enough. The size is of the seat base is nearly proper for my 175 cm body. The S70’s rear headroom betters the Metropolis and Vios – it was my first time within the Toyota and I used to be shocked that they signed this off, and I’m not even that tall.

Probably the most layman manner of measuring rear house is legroom, and also you’ll anticipate the ‘C-segment’ automobile to romp dwelling. As an alternative, if stretching your rear legs is a vital consideration, the Metropolis and Vios have extra acreage. Thoughts you, the S70 isn’t cramped by any means, however rear legroom is in need of the ASEAN B-segment’s abnormally excessive bar. Additionally, if the driving force’s seat is ready to the bottom place, there’s not a lot room beneath it for toes to tuck into.

Anyhow, it’s respectable on the again, and passengers get to take pleasure in AC vents (they appear surprisingly ‘bare’ although), a centre armrest, and two USB ports (1x A, 1x C). As with the entrance doorways, there are stitched stripes on the door playing cards and songket-patterned mushy materials on the aspect armrests. Boot quantity is 500 litres and there’s an area saver spare wheel beneath the ground.

So, how does the S70 evaluate with its rivals, you ask. The reply is determined by who you take into account its rivals to be, as mentioned above in The Nice Debate. Proton is asking the S70 a C-segment sedan, however reality be informed, the Honda Civic has it beat in contact, really feel, drive and desirability. As such, there’s no want to debate the BMW 2GC.

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Nonetheless, the S70 may very well be priced to cowl the RM70+okay to RM100k vary, which is at present owned by the Metropolis and Vios. Towards these two, there’s actually a case for the Proton, which is loads of automobile for the cash – you’ll get a much bigger physique, a turbo engine, a lot of toys and a few feel-good options which are first-in-class reminiscent of electrical seat adjustment. The S70 is a good drive and it appears good out and in, too.

It should be famous although that a lot of the great things you see listed below are reserved for the Flagship – full verdict when now we have the pricing. Now, learn my final level within the model of the late Farit Ismeth Emir from RTM. SUVs are dominant at present, however right here’s a query to guys of their 30s and 40s: if it was completely as much as you, do you actually need an SUV over a sedan? We didn’t develop up wanting these mushy roaders, did we? Fikir-fikirkanlah.

For now, what do you consider the Proton S70 as it’s, and vis-à-vis the Honda Metropolis and Toyota Vios? Be a part of Hafriz as he takes you on an in depth video tour of the S70 beneath. Sure, he does complain in regards to the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto assist.

GALLERY: Proton S70 1.5T Flagship X

GALLERY: Proton S70 presentation

GALLERY: Proton S70 official pictures

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