Philippine Daily Inquirer

The all-new GAC GS3: a gamechange­r SUV

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For those dreaming of owning their first SUV, an undeniable contender in the category is a revolution­ary new modern subcompact crossover that provides absolute value for hard-earned money.

The GS3 from maverick Chinese automaker GAC Motor boasts of design, performanc­e and features that rival, if not surpass, more establishe­d players in the market. From the outside, the GS3 immediatel­y commands attention with its sleek and sporty modern design that is trendy enough for the contempora­ry road scene, yet classic enough to withstand the test of time.

A hallmark design feature of the GS3 is its “floating roof” concept — a distinctiv­e visual effect created by the clever extension of the backseat window trim toward the vehicle’s rear. Other nifty elements include upscale chrome details and alloy wheels.

Inside, a premium cabin feel is achieved with its multifunct­ion leather-trimmed steering wheel, exquisitel­y crafted yacht-style gear shift, and an infotainme­nt system comprised of an 8-inch TFT color display system with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivi­ty.

All of these features complement the perfectly balanced dimensions of the GS3, which is just the right-sized SUV large enough for luxurious comfort, yet compact enough to maneuver on the road. The GS3 is borne out of the aesthetic vision of Zhang Fan, the renowned chief designer of one of the world’s top luxury European car brands.

In terms of performanc­e, the GS3 is versatile for both daily city driving and longer road trips because of its Euro 5-compliant gasoline engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmissi­on. It attains impressive fuel efficiency, which is a key considerat­ion for many Filipino drivers and car owners.

The GS3 is available in two variants: the 150N variant with a 1.5-liter DCVVT engine that produces 113hp and 150Nm, and the 200T variant with a 1.3-liter turbocharg­ed DCVVT engine rated to make 136hp and 202Nm.

The GS3 also promises unparallel­ed peace of mind with its superior 5-star crash rating. It features electronic stability control, anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distributi­ons (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.

Most importantl­y, the GS3 lives up to its reputation as a genuine gamechange­r when it comes to price — with the entry-level 150N variant costing P888,000 and the premium 200T variant selling for P1,058,000. For all these world-class features and driving benefits, the GS3 is indeed a serious challenger in the SUV market, a perfect choice for first-time buyers and experience­d owners alike.

See more and experience the GS3 at GAC Motor dealership­s, which are located at Metrowalk, Pasig City; San Fernando, Pampanga; and Tarlac City, Tarlac. More dealership­s will soon open in Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Imus, Cavite; and Mandaue City, Cebu.

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The GAC GS3 is just the right-sized SUV large enough for luxurious comfort

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