After confirming it for the Philippine market back four months ago, GAC Motor's newest crossover has arrived in the country.
GAC distributor Legada Motors Inc (LMI) has officially launched the 2022 GS4. First revealed in its home market in October 2020, the compact crossover received a substantial refresh inside and out. Not only did it get a more stylish exterior, but GAC was also busy changing up its cabin.
Starting with its face, it gets a new set of headlights inspired by the GA4. It benefits from LED lighting as well as integrated LED daytime running lights. It also gets a bigger and bolder grille which gives the GS4 a more sophisticated look and feel. Finally, it gets vertical-shaped foglights with black bezels that complete the more stylish front.
Also getting a makeover is the rear. It now comes with LED “Flying-Wing” taillights that GAC says were inspired by the shape of a hawk spreading its wings. There's also a new chrome trim piece that connects the taillights, along with a redesigned license plate holder that's now located on the tailgate instead of the rear bumper.
Size-wise, the 2022 GS4 is bigger than its predecessor. It now measures 4545mm long and 1856mm wide – making it 35mm longer and 4mm wider than before. Height, however, has been reduced from 1708mm to 1668mm which makes the crossover have a sleeker profile. Thanks to the longer body, the GS4's wheelbase has been extended by 30mm to 2680mm. The bigger dimensions also allowed GAC to install a bigger 55-liter fuel tank (pre-facelift only had a 50-liter tank).
But while everything became bigger, the wheels became smaller. Unlike the pre-updated version which came with 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60/R18 tires, the 2022 GS4 gets smaller 17-inch alloys with 215/60 tires.
Open the doors, and the GS4's cabin received a leap forward in design. Its new slim dashboard is a stark improvement over the more angular design of the pre-updated model. It even gets revised door panels which further highlight the crossover's new look.
All of the seats, including the steering wheel, are covered in leather. Meanwhile, a new automatic climate control makes sure the passengers are relaxed while inside the cabin. Letting in more light inside the crossover is a massive 1.32-meter panoramic sunroof.
Providing infotainment is an 8-inch touchscreen media system. It has Bluetooth, USB, Apple CarPlay, as well as a six-speaker sound system. Other available features inside are a reverse camera, parking sensors, cruise control, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, electronic parking brake (EPB) with auto hold, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Under the hood, the 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four gets a bump in power. It now generates 166 PS at 5000 rpm along with 270 Nm of torque at 1700 – 4000 rpm. Compared to the outgoing model, the upgraded engine now makes 18 more PS and an additional 30 Nm of pull. Power is then sent to an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift.
When it comes to safety, the 2022 GS4 comes with the following; anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, tire pressure monitoring system, and four airbags (dual front and front side airbags).
Available colors for the 2022 GAC GS4 include Benite Gray, Elegant Black, Ivory White, Lightning Blue, and Rosefinch Red.
The GS4 is only available in one variant and is priced at PHP 1.098 million which is PHP 70,000 cheaper than the model it replaces.