One of the newest models in GAC’s current lineup is the GN6. Launched last February, it’s the brand’s first entry into the local MPV market. However, there is only one variant available – the GN6 1.5 AT priced at PHP 1,480,000. But over in China, GAC offers several variants of the said MPV, and one of the newest is the M6 Pro. Maybe, just maybe, GAC Philippines might decide to bring it in.
Yes, it’s called M6 Pro, but don’t be fooled. It’s essentially the GN6, albeit with slightly revised styling inside and out. Under the hood, the M6 Pro uses the same 1.5-liter turbocharged mill as the GN6, producing 171 PS and 265 Nm torque. A 7-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the front wheels. With the powertrain out of the way, let’s talk about design.
From afar, the M6 Pro looks very much like the GN6. But up close, the changes are a bit more obvious. The biggest difference between the two would be the front bumper. The bumper on the M6 Pro features more aggressive corner vents and flanks a larger grille. With the new bumper, the slim fog lights have been ditched entirely. Furthermore, the M6 Pro comes with LED headlights as standard. The new design somewhat reminds us of the facelifted Japan-spec Toyota Alphard, but I digress.
Along the side, the M6 Pro rides on a different of wheels. Instead of a multi-spoke design, it features 17-inch 5-spoke wheels. Meanwhile, the rear is very much the same as the GN6 except for some minor changes on the bumper.
Step inside, and you’ll be welcomed by a familiar cabin with the same 7-seat layout. However, the materials used in the M6 Pro are noticeably more upscale. It has more features as well. High-end variants of the MPV come standard with leather seats for all three rows, a dual-zone, constant-adjust climate control system, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. A 7-inch digital instrument cluster comes standard, but range-topping models get a 12.3-inch unit. Various driver-assist systems ensure occupants are always safe on the road.
Since the local GN6 is only available in one trim level, it would make sense for GAC Philippines to offer the M6 Pro locally as the higher-end model. Assuming they do bring it, the MPV would likely drop the M6 Pro name adopt the GN6 nameplate. We doubt it will be called GN6 Pro, but it does sound cool. Reminds us of how Apple names the new iPhones. Besides, we BMW wouldn't be too happy if they used the M6 name here.