GAC GS8: old vs. new

gac gs8 old vs new

GAC has recently launched the all-new GS8 into the local seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. And with its arrival comes what the Astara-distributed brand calls “a new age of excellence,” showcasing luxury, cutting-edge technology, and a strong, robust design.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What powers the all-new GAC GS8?

    The all-new GAC GS8 is powered by a 2.0-liter TGDi engine that makes 248 horsepower.
  • How much is the all-new GAC GS8?

    The all-new GAC GS8 is currently priced at P2.298 million.
  • But how does the all-new model fare against the outgoing model? Does “all-new” mean “better?” Let’s find out.

    Exterior

    From the outside, the old GAC GS8 still looks like a handsome SUV. At the front is a fairly large upper grille with thick horizontal bars flanked by huge LED quad headlamps with LED cornering lights. The lower grille, accompanied by a faux skid plate, is similarly substantial.

    2022 GAC GS8

    To its side are 19-inch wheels that match the various chrome elements found on its fringes.

    At the rear are two large LED taillamps, dual exhaust pipes, and a rear diffuser that mimics the design of the front skid plates.

    As for the all-new GAC GS8, it boasts a more squarish, somewhat modern minimalist look. At its fore is an even larger grille — still sporting LED quad headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. Complementing it is a more angular lower grille.

    GAC GS8

    On its side are noticeable chrome accents and a larger, 20-inch wheel.

    And for the sake of design continuity, its rear features a look that echoes the minimal aesthetics found at the fore. Its rear-end exterior appointments include LED brake lights, rear fog lights, double chrome exhaust pipes, and a power tailgate.

    Interior

    Like most luxury SUVs of its time, the outgoing GAC GS8 features a wealth of leather accents. They can be found on the seats, the steering wheel, the front center armrest, and on the door trims.

    Further, the dashboard is fitted with faux wood trims. 

    GS8-interior

    Tech-wise, the old GAC GS8 comes with an instrument cluster equipped with both analog gauges and digital screens. In its middle sits a seven-inch display. Further at the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay as standard.

    GAC, however, upped its interior game with the all-new GS8. The cabin, though still class, drops the faux wood applique in exchange for a sleeker, more stylish chrome accent.

    Leather can still be found on various interior appointments, which include its seats, steering wheel, front center armrest, and on door trims.

    It also houses a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and a larger-than-life 14.6-inch high-definition LCD infotainment system.

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    Toys at the back include USB ports for charging handheld devices as well as air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool on both short and long trips.

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    Powertrain

    The old GAC GS8 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. On paper, it made 199 horsepower and 320Nm of torque.

    Well, GAC bumped the all-new GS8’s powertrain level too as its 2.0-liter TGDi engine — married to an eight-speed automatic transmission — makes 248 horses and 400Nm of pulling power.

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    Moreover, it is said to clock in at 13.2 kilometers per liter (kpl).

    Verdict

    Overall, the all-new GAC GS8 features impressive updates compared to the old model. What’s even more compelling is its fuel-efficient powertrain setup, rated at 13.2kpl.

    That said, the all-new GAC GS8 is a viable choice for car buyers looking for a luxurious and capable SUV.

    It is offered in a single variant with a limited, special introductory price of P2.298 million.

    Photos from GAC and Juan Paulo Papa

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