Second-generation GAC GS8 with three rows of seats and distinctive optics kicks off

Sales start in China

The presentation of the Trumpchi GS8, as the model is called at home, took place yet

These headlights are equipped with both a gasoline modification and a hybrid, which has a different design of the front of the body and retractable door handles. By the way, because of this, the hybrid is slightly larger: its overall length is 5015 mm versus 4980 mm for the basic version and 4836 mm for the first generation GS8.

In other directions, the crossover has also grown noticeably: with a wheelbase of 2920 mm, a width of 1950 mm and a height of 1780 mm, it has become an analogue of the familiar

The drive, as before, can be front or full, but the multi-plate clutch for connecting the rear wheels works more efficiently, and the hybrid has its own 4×4 system, with an electric motor in the back. Its 54 liters. with. are added to the 237 hp, which produces the same gasoline engine (it is derated to 190 hp due to the transition to the Atkinson cycle) and the front electric motor, connected by an electromechanical variator. It, as stated earlier, was legally obtained by the GAC from Toyota, with which it has a joint venture.

The advanced electronic systems that have appeared due to the transition to the new GPMA (Global Platform Modular Architecture) platform have already been mentioned, and their presence has now been confirmed. The most notable positions are adaptive cruise control, which can adjust independently, view cameras that create the effect of a «transparent hood», and the function of memory of the last meters of the road, like in expensive BMW models.

The interior design is also matched: the digital instrument panel has a diagonal of 12.3 inches, and almost all functions are controlled by a 14.6-inch multimedia tablet. A head-up display and atmospheric interior lighting with an assortment of 32 shades are provided, and instead of a solid second-row sofa, two separate chairs with all kinds of adjustments can be installed.

Of course, all of the above could not but affect the cost of the crossover: the base price in China has increased by about 10 percent compared to the now old GS8, the production and sale of which has not yet been discontinued.

Projecting this onto Russian realities, we can predict the figure at the level of 2.4-2.5 million rubles, but the novelty is unlikely to reach us before the end of next year.

Photos are taken from open sources.