Looking for a comfy family van that can seat seven, has captain seats, and comes with plenty of features that will not break the bank? GAC Philippines may have the van that you are looking for.
This is the 2020 GAC GM8 GE Premiere, the newest variant of GAC's luxury van. Sitting below the top-of-the-line GT, the new Premiere (also called GE) offers the same level of comfort, albeit at a more budget-friendly price.
It may be more affordable than the GT, but the Premiere relatively looks the same as the range-topping model. It comes with a bold grille finished in chrome, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, running boards, and rain-sensing front windshield wipers. It doesn't have 18-inch alloy wheels, however, as the Premiere rolls on smaller 17-inch alloys. The Premiere also lacks the heated power-folding side mirrors with auto-folding function from the GT and the rear privacy glass.
As mentioned, the GM8 Premiere still comes with captain seats on the second row, along with a three-seated bench as the third row. It also comes with three-zone automatic climate control with a separate second-row control panel for the rear occupants. Providing in-car entertainment on the GM8 Premiere is a 10-inch LCD display. It has AM/FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB, and an 8-speaker sound system. Sorry Apple CarPlay fans, that feature is only available on the GT version.
Like the GT variant, the GE Premiere is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. It makes 199 PS at 5200 rpm along with 320 Nm of torque at 1750 – 4000 rpm. Power is then sent to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual select.
Even though the GM8 Premiere serves as the entry-level model, GAC made sure it still came with plenty of safety kit. It has anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic stability program, traction control, hill-hold control (also called hill-start assist), hill-descent control, anti-rollover system, and a host of airbags are all standard on the GE Premiere variant.
The 2020 GM8 Premiere is now available for PhP 2,188,000 and is covered by a five-year/150,000 km warranty.