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The Geely Boyue (吉利博越) is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Chinese automaker Geely.

Geely Boyue
Geely Boyue 2 China 2017-03-29.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerGeely
Also calledEmgrand Boyue
Emgrand NL-3
Geely NL-3
Geely Atlas
Geely Emgrand X7 Sport
Proton X70 (Malaysia, Brunei)
Production2016–present
AssemblyChina: Baoji, Shaanxi[1]
Ningbo, Zhejiang
Malaysia: Tanjung Malim, Proton City, Perak (PTMSB)
Belarus: Zhodzina (BelGee)[2]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
PlatformGeely NL
RelatedGeely Borui
Powertrain
Engine
1.8 L 4G18TDB I4
2.0 L 4G20 I4
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length4,519 mm (177.9 in)
Width1,831 mm (72.1 in)
Height1,694 mm (66.7 in)
Curb weight1,565–1,745 kg (3,450–3,847 lb)

OverviewEdit

The Boyue was originally planned to be launched as part of the Emgrand series during development, the Boyue was launched as an independent product under the Geely brand in 26 March 2016.[3][4] In the South American market, this SUV is offered under the name Geely Emgrand X7 Sport, being integrated into the Geely Emgrand product subdivision.[5] The Boyue was designed by a team led by Peter Horbury, the vehicle’s exterior design combines traditional Chinese cultural elements with modern languages of fashion. Since its launch, the Boyue has received much attention in the Chinese automobile market. The Boyue was facelifted in 2018. After 36 months, the total production number was 700,000.

MarketsEdit

ChinaEdit

Boyue Pro debuts in China on July 2019 with new GKUI infotainment system, all new cabin design and a new option of 1.5L turbo engine that co-developed with Volvo which is same as one's in Geely Binyue. [6][7]

MalaysiaEdit

The Proton X70 is a right hand drive version of the Geely Boyue with minor cosmetic differences. The Proton X70 does not share a single component with any existing Proton models.[8]

In April 2018, Proton opened up an online poll to the public to vote on the name. Participants could choose between: PX7, X7, X70 and X700 or voice in their own input.

It was unveiled the name as X70 on September 2018.[9][10][11] The Proton X70 was previewed at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show[12] and officially launched on 12 December 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre[13].

In June 2018, it was announced that the initial units were going to be fully imported (CBU) from China with latter models being locally assembled (CKD) at Proton's plant.[14]

The X70 is available with four variants: Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD, Executive AWD and Premium 2WD. All variants are powered by the same Geely engine of 1.8 litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection or TGDI engine and paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.[citation needed]

In August 2019, Proton has announced that they will sell a special version of the car called the Proton X70 Merdeka Edition of which only 62 are available for sale to celebrate Malaysia's 62nd independence day on 31 August 2019. This limited edition car will be based on the Premium 2WD variant but with some exterior appearance differences such as a Quartz Black roof (includes A pillars, wing mirrors, area around the glass roof and rear spoiler), and there are door visors and a rear bumper scuff plate fitted too. There will be a special edition emblem on the tailgate and inside the car, just under the passenger's air vents and is numbered out of the 62 cars available. Only the Flame Red (26 units) and Snow White (36 units) colours are available. No mechanical changes are made compared to the regular variants of the car. The Proton X70 Merdeka Edition is priced at RM126,100 which is RM2,300 more than the regular Premium 2WD.[15]

DesignEdit

One of the key design ideas that are unique to the X70 is seen at the front grille, which is referred to as the "infinite weave," a pattern inspired by batik and Malaysian wood carvings not only on the exterior, but also on the speaker covers inside the SUV. The chrome surround on the grille is also another standout feature, as its shape is inspired by a bow, one of the traditional weapons used in the past. The Malayan tiger is the source of inspiration, seeing how the big cat can be found on various symbols like The National Emblem of Malaysia (Jata Negara in Malay) and obviously, Proton’s logo. Therefore, the X70’s muscular body surfacing and the headlamp design are reminiscent of the body and eyes of a tiger, a further showcase of Proton’s identity.[16]

ExteriorEdit

The X70 dimensions is identical to the Geely Boyue since it is a re-badge version. The X70 is marketed as a C-segment SUV.

Variant[17] Standard Executive 2WD Executive 4WD Premium 2WD
Front light Halogen Projector LED Projector LED Projector LED Projector with High-Beam Assist
Rear light LED LED LED LED
Wheel 17-inch 18-inch 18-inch 19-inch
Colour Armour Silver, Snow White Armour Silver, Cinnamon Brown, Jet Grey, Snow White Jet Grey, Snow White Armour Silver, Cinnamon Brown, Flame Red, Jet Grey, Snow White

InteriorEdit

A tonneau cover, air purifier system, rear air vents, automatic dual zone air conditioning, steering wheel switches, tilt and telescopic adjustment, LCD meter combination, central door locking with auto lock and push start button are all standard interior related features.

Across the range, the Proton 'GKUI' headunit is offered which consists of 8" touchscreen display, voice recognition, online music streaming, navigation, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity and 4G Wi-Fi. Speaker count is 6 on the Standard 2WD variant, 8 on the Executive 2WD and AWD variants and 9 on the Premium 2WD variant. Note that the Premium 2WD variants gets additional voice recognition functionality. [17] The GKUI Android-based infotainment system is a revamped system found in the Boyue to operate properly in Malaysia.[16]

SafetyEdit

All versions are equipped with ABS, EBD, brake assist, ESC, traction control and six airbags.

Proton X70 uses Hot Press Forming (HPF) body structures to form the passenger cell and is able to provide a high level of protection to its occupants. The HPF cell is supplemented with six airbags for all variants, ISOFIX child seat mounting points as well as seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters. By combining these elements, the Proton X70 received a perfect score for the side impact test as well as for head protection technology.[18] The Premium 2WD variant features Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which is a suite of collision avoidance systems which consists of:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
  • Door Opening Warning System (DOW)
  • Intelligent High Beam Control (HBC)

Awards and accoladesEdit

  • Connectivity & Infotainment - Carlist.my Editors' Choice Awards 2018[19]
  • Vehicle Design of the Year - DSF.my Allianz Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) 2019[20]
  • Best 3 Mid Sized SUVs - 2019 'Cars of Malaysia'[21]
  • Local Car of the Year - CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2019[22]
  • Best Large-size SUV/Crossover (2-Row Seating) - CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2019[23]

BruneiEdit

In July 2019, PAD Motors, the official distributor of Proton cars in Brunei, has announced that Brunei will become the first export destination for the Proton X70, which is a right hand drive version of the Geely Boyue.[24][25] It will be only be available in a 2 wheel drive configuration and will be offered in the same three variants as the Malaysian market: Standard 2WD, Executive 2WD and Premium 2WD. The car will include similar specifications to the Malaysian model including the 8" touchscreen display, voice recognition and the additional safety features such as the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which is only available on the Premium 2WD variant.

IndonesiaEdit

Rully Septiadi, the head of marketing at Proton Edar Indonesia (PEI), mentioned that the Geely Boyue was planned to be launch in Indonesia by 2019 as the Proton X70[26], it will be expected to be showcased at the 27th Telkomsel Indonesia International Motor Show 2019, but however, the plans were eventually cancelled.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Geely Boyue SUV made in high-tech Baoji plant Line". CarSifu. 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ "First "Atlas" from BELGEE Plant Roll Off Assembly Line". Geely Global. 17 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Geely Boyue SUV launched on the Chinese car market". Car News China. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  4. ^ "This is the Geely Boyue SUV for China". Car News China. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  5. ^ Lanzamiento: Geely Emgrand X7 Sport (in spanish). Autoblog - 14-06-2017
  6. ^ "GALLERY: New Geely Boyue Pro SUV debuts in China". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Geely Boyue Pro revealed – SUV gets a major styling update; new GKUI 19 infotainment system; 1.5L turbo". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Proton Edar CEO Datuk Abdul Rashid Musa shares his thoughts on the challenges in pricing, selling the X70". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Proton X70 SUV - official details finally released!". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Vote for your favourite Proton SUV name and win RM100k worth of prizes - X7, PX7, X70 or X700". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Proton SUV previewed with new details - TGDi engine confirmed; to be based on latest Geely Boyue facelift?". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. ^ "KLIMS18: Proton X70 SUV full preview, inside and out". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Proton X70 SUV launched in Malaysia: RM100k to 124k". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Proton SUV to be launched by October - China import first, local assembly in 2019, RHD preview in July". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Proton X70 Merdeka Edition launched - 62 units only". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Geely's head of design Guy Burgoyne discusses the design of the Proton X70, working with Proton Design". paultan.org. Archived from the original on 30 December 2018.
  17. ^ a b "PROTON - Proton X70". www.proton.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Proton X70 gets Asean NCAP 5-star rating". carsifu.my. Archived from the original on 30 December 2018.
  19. ^ "The people have spoken! Here are the Malaysian's most favourite car models as voted across all the categories". Carlist.my. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  20. ^ "VOTY 2019//Vehicle Design – PROTON X70". DS&F. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  21. ^ "CARS OF MALAYSIA 2019". EVOMALAYSIA.COM. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  22. ^ Carsifu (26 September 2019). "2019 CarSifu awards: Why cars won". CarSifu. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  23. ^ Carsifu (26 September 2019). "2019 CarSifu awards: Why cars won". CarSifu. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Proton X70 launched in Brunei - pricing from RM98k". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  25. ^ "PAD Motors introduces first Proton SUV X70 – The Bruneian". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Proton X70 to make its debut in Indonesia next year". Paultan.org. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  27. ^ Media, Kompas Cyber. "SUV Proton Batal Meluncur di IIMS 2019". KOMPAS.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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