Today I had the opportunity to take a closer look at the Proton X70. During its second round of preview for the media, the main focus is on the tech aspect of the SUV, particularly its infotainment system. Unfortunately, cameras were not allowed but here’s my first impressions including its voice assistant feature.
At a closed-door event yesterday, PROTON unveiled its first-ever SUV, the PROTON X70. The X70 also marks the end of PROTON’s long-standing tradition of naming its cars using proper nouns instead now all future PROTON models will adopt an alpha-numerical naming convention.
The move to change the way PROTON cars are named is sad for me. The names PROTON use during its early days were among the best names you could have for car. Names like “Saga”, “Wira”, “Satria”, “Putra”, “Perdana”, “Juara” are all unquestionably Malaysian.
Remember seeing a PROTON Wira when I was on holiday in the UK and when I was studying in Australia, I found out that there was a very active PROTON Satria GTI club there. This made me beam with pride. A name like the X70 doesn’t make me feel anything.
PROTON is launching their first SUV in Malaysia very soon and this is the first product that’s co-developed by Geely and PROTON. During the exclusive preview to the media, it was revealed that the SUV will be called the PROTON X70 and it’s open for booking starting tomorrow.
Autonomous driving is here and it’ll be here to stay, albeit some less than stellar feedback from car enthusiast. We’d still think that driving an automobile is an experience best felt by being fully in control but they’re obviously perks to being able to have the ability to control your vehicle autonomously or through a remote.
Uber has brought KL-lites a convenient and cash-less way to get around using their smart phones. In the Klang Valley, you get a variety of rides from hatchbacks to sedans and occasionally MPVs/SUVs that could potentially carry more passengers.
For moments when you need a ride for a bigger group, Uber KL has finally introduced UberXL. This is a larger vehicle option that supports up to 6 passengers instead of the usual 4.