GAC combines luxury with zero emissions mobility in the Hycan V09
Before shifting its focus towards crossovers and SUVs, GAC Motor PH used to offer a luxury MPV in the form of the GN8. Meant to compete against the likes of the Toyota Alphard, the GN8 offered a luxurious and opulent ride minus the high price tag the Toyota MPV commanded.
Unfortunately, GAC Motor PH no longer sells the GN8 in the market. But with the auto industry shifting towards more electrified and fully electric vehicles, perhaps the automaker can bring an all-electric luxury MPV in the form of the 2024 GAC Hycan V09.
Revealed recently in the PRC, the V09 electric MPV is made by GAC sub-brand Hycan, which was formerly a joint venture between GAC & Nio before the latter exited the partnership in 2022. Today, Hycan is made possible with GAC and Guangdong Pearl Investment Group.
Back to the electric MPV, the Hycan V09 features a distinct exterior design based on the brand’s “Shining Star” design language. This gives the vehicle a striking and futuristic look that appears to have some resemblance to the Lexus LM. The front fascia consists of aggressive LED headlights, while the rear gets a unique pair of LED taillights. It also gets massive multi-spoke alloy wheels with dual power-sliding doors for easier ingress & egress.
Inside, the V09 features a 2+2+3 seating layout with the second-row benefitting from captain seats. The dashboard itself comes with a total of three displays that further highlight the V09’s spaceship-like cabin. The first screen measures 10.25 inches and serves as a digital instrument cluster, while the second is the 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Last but not least is the 12.3-inch touchscreen for the front passenger.
Other key features in the Hycan V09 include; a pair of wireless charging pads, a 17.3-inch screen for the rear passengers that drops down from the ceiling, the aforementioned captain seats with ottomans, a power sunroof, and third-row seating that can be folded completely for a flat cargo space.
At the heart of the GAC Hycan V09 is an electric motor that is powered by a ternary lithium battery pack. Hycan claims the motor is capable of producing 275 PS with 335 Nm of torque and allows the MPV to reach a top speed of 190 km/h. Depending on the variant, the V09 is available with three battery pack choices; a standard 92 kWh ternary lithium, a 95.16 kWh lithium iron phosphate, and a 114.19 kWh ternary lithium battery pack. The result is an electric MPV that is claimed to have a range between 620 km and 762 km on a full charge.
In addition, the vehicle supports an 800V architecture for faster recharging. Hycan says that a 5-minute charge will give the vehicle 200 km of range.
The GAC Hycan V09 will officially go on sale in the PRC in October 2023. With more and more automakers offering EVs and hybrids, should GAC Motor PH bring the V09 as an alternative to the Toyota Alphard? Let us know in the comments what you think.