The GM8 is already one of most posh vehicles in GAC's current model lineup. But for 2021 it seems the Chinese automaker has turned it up by making the minivan even more luxurious than before. Better yet, customers (in China at least) now have two variants to choose from – Master and Leader Series – each having their own distinct styling.
Starting with the new GM8 Master Series (pictured in main), it is the sportier version between the two variants. It has a bolder looking front end with a large vertical grill extending from the hood to the bumper. The bumper has been restyled as well featuring vertical air intakes. A large chrome trim then runs the length of the bumper from each intake vent. It also gets side skirts and rear bumper extensions with twin-exit exhausts to match the minivan's sportier appeal.
Meanwhile, the GM8 Leader Series builds on the pre-facelift model's styling featuring a similar grill design with vertical slats. Just like the Master Series, the grill now extends to the bumper as well. The bumper design is more or less the same with vertical intakes at the edge. However, it has a trim piece on the bumper that is integrated with the grill. No side skirts too for a classier finish.
Despite the subtle exterior changes, the interior is where the luxury upgrades can be found. The cabin is lined with new leather to give an even more elegant feel and can even be finished in two-tone blue and black colors. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the infotainment has been replaced with a new 10.1-inch touchscreen unit. Meanwhile, occupants sitting at the rear now get their 10.1-inch screen as well. The second-row seats are still as posh capable of fully reclining and even having a massage function.
Under the hood the 2021 GM8 is now powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged mill which produces 250 PS and 390 Nm torque. This makes it even faster than before as the pre-facelift model only had 199 PS and 320 Nm torque. The 6-speed automatic has also been ditched in favor of a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
In China, the range-topping version of the Leader Series costs 264,800 yuan or roughly PhP 1.89 million. At that price, it is nearly half of its Japanese counterparts sold in the Philippines. Hopefully, it won't take too long before GAC Philippines brings in this updated model. Based on our review of the 2019 model, this new one should be even better.