GAC Motor Philippines is gearing for the launch of an all-new model. But don't expect it to be a sleek crossover or a big SUV. Instead, GAC will be debuting an MPV that will sit beside the GM8.
According to an insider who wished anonymity, the automaker will be revealing the GN6 this coming February. Smaller in size, the GN6 will likely serve as GAC's entry-level MPV and could take on the likes of the Maxus G50. Actually, it could be something like a budget alternative to a Previa, minus the sliding doors.
Exact details about the upcoming MPV are still a mystery. However, a quick look at the Chinese-spec GN6 reveals what could arrive in the country next month.
Beginning with its size, the GN6 measures 4780mm long, 1860mm wide, 1730mm tall, and will have a 2810mm wheelbase. Compared to the Maxus G80, the GN6 is 45mm shorter in length, and 70mm shorter in height. The GN6, however, is wider by 35mm and has 10mm more wheelbase than the Maxus G80.
Unlike the G80 which can seat 8 people (2+3+3), the GN6 can only seat 7 in total (2+2+3). When it comes to amenities, it has a 7-inch digital instrument panel, an 8-inch media display, smartphone mirroring, dual-zone automatic climate control, captain seats on the second row, LED ambient lighting, as well as leather upholstery.
As for what's under the hood, the GN6 comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four. Despite its small size, the engine makes 171 PS and 265 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Pricing for the GN6 has yet to be announced. But given that it's going to compete against the Maxus G50, its price range could be similar (around the PhP 1.1 million to 1.3 million range).
With its launch set next month, the GAC GN6 could be what the company needs to expand its MPV range.