Published on July 20th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
New GAC Trumpchi GS8 Is A Toyota-Powered SUV That Might Fight The Proton X90
The 2nd generation GAC Trumpchi GS8 looks like it has what it takes to fight off the Proton X90 if brought in.
Warisan Tan Chong Motor last year starting bringing in the new GAC Trumpchi GS3 as an alternative to the Proton X50. Now GAC has a new GS8 SUV which has the dimensions to take on the upcoming Proton X90. The question is: will WTC Motor bring in this new Chinese SUV? Will it be worth all the investment in tooling and the cost of a right-hand drive conversion? Well, only WTC Motor will know. For now, let’s look at some of the GS8’s interesting details.
The all-new GAC GS8’s dimensions are as follows:
- Length: 4980 mm
- Width: 1950 mm
- Height: 1780 mm
- Wheelbase: 2920 mm
Compared to the upcoming Proton X90 (based on Geely HaoYue), this SUV is the same height but significantly taller (145mm), wider (50mm), and has a longer wheelbase too.
The GAC GS8 is a second generation product under the Trumpchi sub-brand. The first model came out in 2016 and was penned by Fan Zhang, a former Mercedes-Benz designer. The 2nd generation model too was designed under Fan Zhang’s design leadership.
“The first generation GS8 left a precious legacy in Chinese auto industry and had a far-reaching influence on the market with its bold and iconic design. When it comes for the second generation, we absorb the essence of the first generation while evolving it to the next level. All New GS8 is a new milestone of our production models. “said Fan Zhang, VP of GAC R&D and head of design.
The all-new, 2nd gen GS8 is a more high-tech and upright SUV. It now sits on a new chassis called the GPMA platform. GAC says this 2nd generation GS8 is 25% more rigid than the last one thanks to the use of about 17% hot forming ultra high strength steel.
The design incorporates new GAC signatures like the parametric grille called Victory Wings. It also features a quad matrix layout with embedded LED lights and retractable covers for the headlights. Around back, ‘Ruby Lights’ are the name given to the geometric shapes of the lighting signature.
As with many modern Chinese flagship SUVs, technology is the name of the game inside. There’s a 14.6″ touch-enabled infotainment system, a 12.3″ digital instrument cluster, an Augmented Reality HUD system, and GAC Intelligent Pilot – a suite that includes adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition system, forward and rear collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane change assist, automatic emergency braking, automatic parking, and more.
In terms of cabin comfort, the GS8’s second row of seats can transform into a chaise lounge for greater comfort for the 3rd row occupants. Ventilated front seats and ventilated armrests will work in our hot climate.
The GAC GS8 has two powertrain options. The standard petrol engine is a 2.0L turbocharged inline 4 called “Mega Wave Power”. This motor is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and is good for 248hp and 400Nm of torque. Interestingly, the second option is a Toyota-sourced hybrid system (Toyota Hybrid System) which incorporates an eCVT. This powertrain has up to 367hp available.