Available only as a Premium variant X70, 62 units of the X70 ME will be offered at RM126,100 in snow white or flame red only.
The number of units being built coincides with the 62nd anniversary of Malaysia’s independence. Proton is aiming to wrap up the sales of the special edition during the Merdeka month of August, based on current demand levels for the SUV.
Mechanically, the X70 ME is identical in specification to a regular Premium variant of the SUV. The differences are made up of an exterior styling package and some additional interior trim.
For the exterior, a signature paint colour called Quartz Black has been added to the roof and A-pillar. Door visors have also been added all-around together with a rear bumper scuff plate and, as a finishing touch, a customised Merdeka Edition emblem has been mounted on the tailgate.
Inside, Proton have added new floor mats, a trunk mat and a special numbered Merdeka Edition emblem to make each vehicle unique. The Nappa leather seats and glass roof along with the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) found on the Premium variant are all carried over in the ME.
“The Proton X70 Merdeka Edition was born out of Proton’s desire to celebrate Malaysia’s Merdeka anniversary month. We are extremely thankful for the support Malaysian car buyers and the Malaysian government has shown to Proton, so this is the company’s way of creating a special version of the X70 as a small gesture of thanks to all Malaysians,” said Proton CEO Dr Li Chunrong.