If you're currently in the market for a multi-purpose vehicle, you might want to swing by the GAC showroom soon. That's because they just launched their first MPV in the country, the GN6. With GAC's goal of bringing upmarket vehicles at a lower price, the GN6 is no exception to that rule.
The GN6's design draws a lot of inspiration from its big brother, the GN8. There's the imposing grille at the front, LED-powered headlights, slab-sided flanks, and a near-vertical tailgate. Of course, it's not a complete copy-paste of the GN8. There are three significant differences to take note of.
For starters, there's the shape of its headlights. It's slimmer and set higher than its larger counterpart. Zoom in on the rear doors and you'll see conventional door handles that let the doors swing outwards instead of sliding. Also, it's shorter than the GN8 by a fair bit. Whereas the GN8 measures 5,089 mm, the GN6's bumper-to-bumper length is at 4,780. This makes it longer than a Toyota Innova (4,735 mm), but shorter than the Geely Okavango (4,835 mm).
But this is an MPV we're talking about. What is the interior like? It emulates luxury minivans by having a 2-2-3 seating arrangement. That means you get individual captain's chairs in the middle row instead of a traditional bench. While it limits the passenger count to six, this arrangement allows for a center aisle between the middle-row seats. That also makes access to the third-row much easier. Behind the third-row seats, the company claims it still has 324 liters of space with all seats up.
Digital instrument clusters are becoming the rage these days. So it isn't surprising that the GN6 has one as well. Like most digital instrument panels, it is customization to the user's preference. It also has a wide, eight-inch infotainment display, along with a hi-fi audio system, and a steering-wheel-mounted audio control system.
As for the safety equipment, the GN6 is loaded. Some of its features include Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill-start Hold Control (HHC), and Hill Descent Control (HDC). Meanwhile, the engine is a 1.5-liter turbo unit that's good for 171 PS and 265 Nm of torque.
There is only one variant available for the GN6, and it starts at PHP 1,480,000. That puts it right in the same bracket as the Innova, Okavango, and Maxus G50. The difference here is, the GN6 puts more emphasis on luxury. We're curious how this strategy pans out for GAC, but the idea of a VIP shuttle for less than PHP 1.5 million can lure some buyers into their showrooms.