GAC CS3 packs a whole of value in a fun-sized package

Barely a year in the market, and GAC Motor has added yet another car in their lineup. It's called the GS3 and it serves as the entry-level crossover in the range. With its addition to the GAC family in the Philippines, the Chinese automaker now has six offerings in the country.

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As mentioned, the GS3 is the smallest crossover offered by GAC and it slots below the GS4. At 4.350 meters long, it's approximately the size of the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, and Mazda CX-3. Its design follows the language set by its other stablemates with its wide grill, slim headlights, and clamshell hood. Defined character lines then flank its sides and it even has the floating rear pillar from the GS4. At the rear, the GS3 has what GAC describes as 8-shaped tail lights, and the wide tailgate should make loading cargo easier. Two variants are available, the 150N and 200T

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Inside, it hosts a geometric design with squared-off elements all over the cabin. It's most evident on the dashboard with its instrument cluster and center stack following that theme. Adding more zest to the interior are brown contrast trimmings with copper highlights in the top-spec model. The 200T gets automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, four USB ports, wide angle rear-view camera, and an 8-inch touchscreen, to name a few.

On to the subject of safety, and the GS3 is packed to the brim with it. Both variants get stability control and traction control, impact-sensing door unlock system, along with hill start assist and hill descent control. The 200T adds tire pressure monitoring, brake hold, and side airbags.

Two engine options are available upon launch. The 150N is powered by a 1.5-liter, non-turbo mill making 113 PS and 150 Nm of torque. The 200T on the other hand gets a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine that's good for 136 PS and 202 Nm of torque. Both shift via a six-speed automatic transmission with no manual option in sight.

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Prices for the GAC GS3 is as follows:

GAC GS3 150N: Php 888,000

GAC GS3 200T: Php 1,058,000