Johor Sultan test drives Proton's first ever SUV - the X70

JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar got to test drive the X70 - national car maker Proton's first ever sports utility vehicle (SUV) here.

His Majesty granted an audience to Proton Holdings Berhad deputy chief executive officer Datuk Radzaif Mohamed and Proton Edar Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Abdul Rashid Musa at Mados office near Istana Bukit Pelangi here on Monday (Oct 8).

In a statement posted on Sultan Ibrahim's official Facebook page, during the meeting, Radzaif as well as Abdul Rashid presented a briefing about the special features of the Proton X70 to His Majesty for almost an hour.

Sultan Ibrahim then test drives the Proton X70 Executive AWD 1.8 litre turbo gasoline direct injection (TGDI).

His Majesty was also briefed on another Proton X70 model, which is the Premium 2WD 1.8 TGDI.

Sultan Ibrahim has a passion for collecting old and new cars and motorcycles, which are all parked in garages within the palace grounds.

His Majesty is also the proud owner of several aircraft, including a "gold" Boeing 737.

Sultan Ibrahim owns the world's most expensive Mack truck, which has fancy gadgets, including a six-camera CCTV system, two flat-screen TVs, a stone-topped kitchen area, a barbecue grill, a double bed and seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread.

The Proton X70 is expected to be launched later this year. It has received overwhelming response with bookings already surpassed 8,000 units.

The model is based on the China-made Geely Boyue facelift where it is available for booking now at RM1,000.

The actual price and launch date have yet to be announced.

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