2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom launched in Malaysia – 177 PS/270Nm 1.5L turbo, 7DCT, ADAS; RM119k-129k OTR

2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom launched in Malaysia – 177 PS/270Nm 1.5L turbo, 7DCT, ADAS; RM119k-129k OTR

Following its preview in January this year, the GAC GS3 Emzoom has now been officially launched in Malaysia, and the B-segment SUV model is offered in two variants; Exclusive, and Premium-R, both in fully imported (CBU) form, priced at RM118,900 and RM128,900 on-the-road without insurance, respectively. This is the Chinese brand’s entry that competes with the likes of the Chery Omoda 5, Honda HR-V and Proton X50, among others.

First emerging locally as a fully imported (CBU) model, the GS3 Emzoom is now a CKD model that is locally assembled in the Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA) plant in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur, with assembly at the site having commenced this month, according to GAC distributor WTC Automotif.

Customer deliveries of locally assembled (CKD) units of the GS3 Emzoom is expected to commence in “June or July”, according to WTC Automotif, while pricing for the CKD version remains subject to government approval and thus to be confirmed.

Built upon the manufacturer’s GPMA platform, the GS3 Emzoom measures 4,410 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, with a 2,650 mm wheelbase, making it 52 mm longer and 25 mm wider than its predecessor, while its wheelbase is also 90 mm longer than the previous model. The luggage compartment holds 341 litres, expandable to 1,271 litres when the rear seats are folded.

Against its key rivals, the GS3 Emzoom is 80 mm longer, 50 mm wider, 9 mm lower and 50 mm longer of wheelbase than the Proton X50, while being 25 mm longer, 60 mm wider and 40 mm longer of wheelbase when compared to the Honda HR-V.

The exterior of the Premium-R adds a sportier visual slant courtesy of its contrasting orange highlights and R Style exterior sport package, the latter contributing to the variant’s greater overall length at 4,446 mm compared to the Exclusive at 4,410 mm.

Powertrain for the GS3 Emzoom is a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 270 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm to 4,500 rpm; these outputs are transmitted to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. according to GAC, fuel consumption is 5.9L/100 km.

Suspension for the GS3 Emzoom is by MacPherson struts in front and a torsion beam setup at the rear, with 18-inch alloy wheels shod in 225/55 tyres.

Inside, the GS3 Emzoom gets synthetic leather in a two-tone blue-and-black scheme including a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel. Standard equipment across both variants includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android mobile phone mirroring, surround-view camera suite, and an electric parking brake with auto hold.

In addition to the kit list on the Exclusive variant, the Premium-R adds automatic climate control, six-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, multi-colour ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charger, hands-free power tailgate, and a panoramic sunroof.

Active safety kit across both variants include dual front and dual front-side airbags, front and rear disc brakes, hill hold control, electronic stability program (ESP) and blind spot vision, while ADAS is comprised of AEB, front collision warning, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, and intelligent speed limit control.Added to the Premium-R are high beam assist and park assist.

In Malaysia, the GAC GS3 Emzoom is sold with a five-year, 150,000 km manufacturer-backed warranty, and can be specified in four exterior colours – Salt Lake Blue, Ivory White, Graphene Grey and Super Star Silver.

As part of a special launch package, the first 2,000 customers for the car will get a seven-year, 180,000 km powertrain warranty for the first registered owner, along with a complimentary three-service maintenance package. Also offered to the first 2,000 customers is a GAC smart watch key worth RM1,388, which integrates the functions of the original car key with added connectivity features of a smartwatch.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.

 

Comments

  • Nice

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  • Berbaloi beli ni

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  • Handsome

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  • Typical Tan Chong style, go for the other brands for more comprehensive ADAS. Why don’t Tan Chong advertise for premium, there’s foglight as per their 20 yrs of marketing Nissan car style?

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  • ROTI CANAI on Apr 18, 2024 at 9:40 pm

    tan ah chong ah, no hope

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    • suomynona on Apr 19, 2024 at 11:28 am

      Bring in new Nissans❌
      Bring in an unknown ‘Gac’✅

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      • ROTI CANAI on Apr 19, 2024 at 4:31 pm

        beginning time show interest, after that their sales people sell enough vanette liao, no more interest to sell their other cars, go look at most nissan showroom, no salespeople one….

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        • Things will change different and can do better than ETCM Nissan

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  • Priba on Apr 18, 2024 at 9:42 pm

    Worth to buy

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  • Reffer on Apr 18, 2024 at 10:10 pm

    Looking forward

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  • Laman Glenmarie on Apr 18, 2024 at 10:29 pm

    nice car, has adaptive cruse control,
    not low spec wira era auto cruise.

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  • More sporty look. More power

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  • hazri on Apr 18, 2024 at 11:13 pm

    the 3rd brake light…seriously? thats smaller than my viva. do proper la like harrier.

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  • This car got brake anot?

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    • Pledge on Apr 19, 2024 at 10:10 am

      At least got better brakes than Chery

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    • FreshGradFromMars on Apr 19, 2024 at 5:03 pm

      Best strategy for buying Chinese car – Never buy local newly launch model. Wait for at least a year to observe if there is any problem.

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  • Kyosho on Apr 19, 2024 at 12:19 am

    Not nice at all…front end design too busy, overall look outdated.

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  • Bob Mal on Apr 19, 2024 at 8:05 am

    So now we know all the talk about X50 3cyl engine fuel savings is all just fantasy talk so as the Chery Omoda 5 which has lower output with CVT transmission all could not even match this ICE engine in performance and fuel consumption of 5.9L/100km.

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  • This is going to be DBA. Dead before arrival.

    Just go google who is the distributor.

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  • Japan Collapse on Apr 19, 2024 at 9:03 am

    Habis la kereta Jepun. All these premium chinese cars will flood the market at cheap price to attract customers and when customers realize how much better these chinese cars are then game over for Japan auto industry. Padan muka Japan for supporting USA and Israel. Mantap

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  • normal_user on Apr 19, 2024 at 9:35 am

    The price is absurd for a unknown Chinese B segment, completing directly with the more trusted HRV & X70. The zero brand equity & bad TCM reputation (Nissan) makes such proposition difficult to be accepted by Malaysians.

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  • Pledge on Apr 19, 2024 at 10:11 am

    Overall, better looking car and reliable than Chery

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  • Better than Omada 5

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  • grumpy_car on Apr 19, 2024 at 11:42 am

    Never heard this brand.

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  • TryBreak on Apr 19, 2024 at 1:11 pm

    Better let other try the break before you buy.

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  • Excellent features, good performance and quality but at a much lower price than Japanese car. Btw x50 has new competitor now.

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    • Hong Yee Hong on Apr 22, 2024 at 1:37 pm

      You really think with that much lower price it will comes with the quality comparable to those of Japs?

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      • Ogawa on Apr 25, 2024 at 2:29 pm

        GAC jv with Toyota. Thats why even heard from news said GAC is more reliable

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  • Lee BS on Apr 20, 2024 at 7:35 pm

    Car review were all good and exciting but with TAN Chong’s involvement, things become a bit complicated. I don’t trust them.

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  • Emzoom is digital or optical zoom? on Apr 20, 2024 at 11:59 pm

    What a bizarre way to spec a car.

    Firstly, in 2024 who still sell car without 6-airbags, but give ADAS.

    And what’s with all Chinese car makers using cookie cutter engine and transmission of using 1.5T with 7DCT, simply copy a generic design? Lazy to R&D?

    Finally, kudos GAC for giving wireless Apple Carplay (although some without wireless charger) unlike the syok-sendiri Geely Proton, but what is Android phone mirroring? Is it not Android Auto?

    Again, just weird. It must be Tan Chong getting their hands into speccing this car.

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  • Tireman on Apr 22, 2024 at 1:47 pm

    Car Is qcquired taste.
    Brand is still far from Malaysia taste
    You are way too late to capture sales from this segment.
    Your only bet is CKD price at p2 B-segment level.

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    • Ogawa on Apr 25, 2024 at 2:33 pm

      With Omada 5 brake issues, GAC GS3 is another choice for buyers than using Omada 5. GAC is also better choice and safer than buying Chery

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  • Ogawa on Apr 25, 2024 at 2:32 pm

    Awesome! Better than TC Nissan. Should focus more on GAC than TC Nissan. TC Nissan specs somehow no longer relevant and cant able to do better than rivals. Even GAC also now better than Nissan, though under same company.

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  • ROTI CANAI on Apr 27, 2024 at 10:29 pm

    4 airbags only in 2024 is cannot.

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