GAC's flagship SUV gets an all-new look, Toyota-derived hybrid powertrain
Earlier this year, GAC Motor revealed the refreshed GS8. While it may look relatively the same from the outside, GAC was busy changing up its interior and also giving it more standard tech.
Then in July, pictures of what appeared to be the all-new GS8 leaked onto the web. Featuring a more upscale design, the next-generation GS8 gets a new radical appearance that is reminiscent of Cadillac's current design language.
Fast forward to the present, and the all-new SUV has been fully unveiled. Say hello to the 2022 GAC GS8. It no longer resembles the outgoing model and is now available with a hybrid powertrain under the hood.
As mentioned earlier, the GS8's new look appears to have been inspired by Cadillac. With the vertical LED headlights and massive front grille, the GS8 looks stately and sporty at the same time. Both the side and rear have been redesigned as well and look sleeker than before. The side profile is now smoother while the rear features restyled LED taillights and a new tailgate.
But what is more interesting about the new GS8 is that it supposedly shares technology with Toyota. Despite riding on its own platform, sources say the 2022 GS8 uses a version of the 'Toyota Hybrid System'. The automaker was able to make use of the hybrid technology since GAC is one of Toyota's domestic partners in China. The result is a powertrain that consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and a rear-mounted electric motor.
GAC says the GS8 combined output of 245 PS. For reference, the current GS8 available in the country puts out 199 PS along with 320 Nm of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. The sole transmission option is a six-speed automatic.
Don't prefer a hybrid engine? The GS8 is also available with an upgraded 2.0-liter turbo. It makes 252 PS with 390 Nm of torque and is also connected to a six-speed automatic.
More details regarding the all-new GS8 will be revealed soon. But when will GAC Motor Philippines bring the next-gen GS8? According to GAC distributor Legado Motors Inc., they're looking to have it in the country next year, possibly by Q3 or Q4 of 2022.