The smallest crossover from GAC, the GS3, has just received a neat restyle both inside and out. The B-segment crossover features a heavily-revised exterior and interior design, and a more powerful turbocharged engine under the hood.
Sporting a more daring exterior, the 2021 GS3 features a bolder front grille, more aggressive headlights, and restyled foglights. While the front fascia gets a major makeover, the rear of the GS3 has a more subtle update with the slightly tweaked taillights and restyled rear bumper. Rounding up the exterior changes on the GS3 is a new set of 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Inside, the GS3 gets not one, but two digital displays. Gone are the analog gauges, as those were replaced by a new digital instrument panel. There's also the bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with updated graphics and a piano black housing for added styling. Other new additions present on the GS3 are the two-tone leather upholstery, faux carbon fiber/metal trim pieces, piano black accents, and an electric sunroof.
Under the hood, the 2021 GS3 is available with two 1.5-liter turbocharged engines. The first engine is called the 235T and is only available for the six-speed manual version. It displaces 1493cc and puts out 163 PS at 5500 rpm along with 235 Nm of torque at 1500 – 4000 rpm.
The other engine is the slightly more powerful 270T which makes 168 PS at 5000 rpm and 265 Nm of torque at 1700 – 4000 rpm. The engine displaces 1495cc and is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
When will the 2021 GAC GS3 arrive in the country? With the crossover just making its debut in the Philippines last year, it might take a while before the refreshed version makes its way to the country.