GAC launches GS3 subcompact crossover

Chinese automaker GAC, through its exclusive Philippine distributor, Legado Motors Inc., unveiled last week its compact crossover contender, the GS3.

The GS3 is a subcompact crossover that has been well-received in many countries and markets across the globe since its launch in China last November. GAC touts the GS3 as a game-changer in the SUV market with its design, specifications, and features that surpass expectations in its class.

Sporting contemporary exterior styling, the GS3 combines classic chrome elements with a sporty design, while the interior is enhanced by the premium leather-and-fabric lining of its seats, door panels, and dashboard. Digital conveniences include a state-of-the-art infotainment system that integrates an 8-inch TFT color display with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Legado Motors Inc. (LMI) chairman Luis Chavit Singson and LMI CEO Wilbert Lim with the new GS3 subcompact crossover during last week’s launch at Metrotent, Metrowalk, Pasig City

The GS3 is available in two variants, both gasoline-powered with six-speed automatic transmission and compliant with Euro 5 emissions standards. The 150N variant has a 1.5-liter, DCVVT engine that produces 113hp and 150Nm, while the 200T variant has a 1.3-liter turbocharged DCVVT engine rated to make 136hp and 202Nm.

The GS3 boasts of a five-star safety rating through features like Electronic Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Hill-start Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and electronic parking brake with auto-hold.

“We are extremely pleased with the launch of the GAC GS3 here in the Philippines and we are excited to enter the market at a time where there is great demand for vehicles that respond to the modern lifestyle of consumers,” said Legado Motors CEO Wilbert Lim.

“GAC, as a pioneering global Chinese brand, is set to conquer the automotive scene in developing markets such as the Philippines, and we are confident that our value propositions will have discerning Filipino car owners take a second look at our innovative vehicles and own the GAC experience,” he added.

The GS3 embodies GAC’s thrust to a high value for money proposition, with its smart features and world-class design in a competitively priced package. The GS3’s entry-level 150N variant costs P888,000 while the premium 200T variant sells for P1,058,000.

GAC Motor dealerships in the Philippines are located at Metrowalk, Pasig City; San Fernando, Pampanga; and Tarlac City, Tarlac. More dealerships are soon to open in Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Imus, Cavite; and Mandaue City, Cebu.

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