Earlier this year, GAC Motor Philippines introduced its newest MPV, the GN6. It slots below the more luxurious GN8 and is aimed at the likes of the Maxus G50, Geely Okavango, and even the Toyota Innova. Following the GN6's launch, however, the company remained relatively quiet.
That all changes today.
Legado Motors Inc., the official distributor of GAC Motor in the country, has announced that several new models are on the way. Aside from the GS8 Bulletproof, the automaker will also be launching the all-new GS4 in the country.
First revealed late last year, the new-generation GS4 gets a redesigned look from front to back. It has a new face that resembles the GA4, featuring sleek LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs. It also gets a bolder front grille, vertical foglights, and sharper edges on the bumper corners. Meanwhile, the rear end looks more contemporary with the new dynamic LED taillights, revised tailgate design, and tweaked bumper.
Compared to the current GS4 (first launched in China in 2015), the new-generation GS4 gets a much-needed makeover.
If you thought the exterior changes were drastic, it’s the interior of the GS4 that made a big leap forward. The dashboard is now slimmer in appearance - a stark contrast against the curved angular design of before. It now comes with a digital instrument panel, a new touchscreen infotainment system, and an updated center stack.
The exact engine specifications for the all-new PH-spec GS4 are still a mystery. But if we take a look at the ones offered in China, it could get the upgraded 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. Unlike the current model which makes 151 PS with 235 Nm of torque, the new GS4 packs 169 PS with 265 Nm of torque. That translates to an increase of 18 PS and a torque gain of 30 Nm.
As far as transmissions are concerned, the updated GS4 is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It’s likely the latter will be the only transmission option available in the country.
Like the GS8 Bulletproof, GAC has yet to reveal when will the new GS4 make its local debut. Our best guess is that both vehicles might be revealed before the year ends or in early 2022.
Once the GS4 is officially launched in the country, it will take on the likes of the Ford Territory, Geely Azkarra, MG RX5, and the Changan CS 75 Plus.