GAC GS3 Emzoom 2024

  • REVIEW: GAC GS3 Emzoom – 1.5L turbo B-SUV priced from RM119k OTR in Malaysia; we try it out in China

    REVIEW: GAC GS3 Emzoom – 1.5L turbo B-SUV priced from RM119k OTR in Malaysia; we try it out in China

    The official arrival of GAC Motor in Malaysia brought with it the GAC GS3 B-segment SUV in 2021, though the intervening three years has brought its successor, the second-generation GAC GS3 Emzoom into the Malaysian market, having been made available for booking in Malaysia in January, to be priced below RM130,000 and offered in two variants – Exclusive and Premium-R.

    The 2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom has been officially launched in Malaysia in these two variants, priced from RM118,900 for the Exclusive, up to RM128,900 for the Premium-R.

    Being a B-segment SUV, the GS3 Emzoom is an entrant in a hotly contested segment in Malaysia occupied by the likes of the Chery Omoda 5Honda HR-V and Proton X50, which is some formidable competition that the GS3 Emzoom is pitched against.

    Before doing so, GAC vehicle importer and distributor Warisan Tan Chong Automotif (WTCA) invited publications to Guangzhou, China to briefly sample the B-segment SUV as a taster before the GS3 Emzoom’s arrival on Malaysian shores. How did the B-segment crossover fare in the brief overseas sampling?

    First, the exterior of the GS3 Emzoom is immediately apparent as a thoroughly restyled model relative to its predecessor, where the new car’s more pronounced use of straight lines and sharp creases visually signify the generational change.

    To these eyes it’s a striking aesthetic, with the GS3 Emzoom’s headlamps and tail lamps, exterior mirrors as well as front and rear bumper styling in particular being distinct visual cues that give the firm’s B-segment crossover entry a unique identity.

    Ditto the wheels, which also sport acute angles and straight lines in their design. In R-Style guise in the brand’s native Chinese market (Premium-R as revealed for Malaysia), the variant brings a sportier look courtesy of extensions on the front bumper and a diffuser-like setup on the rear bumper, with contrasting orange highlights.

    The interior of the latest GS3 Emzoom also represents a significant step change in styling, where its predecessor’s cowled analogue instrumentation and infotainment unit are succeeded in the new model by a set of digital displays for drive instrumentation as well as infotainment, both situated on the dashboard fascia in a more open manner.

    While the centre console and infotainment screen are angled slightly towards the driver, the dashboard offers a more open, spacious feeling rather than an ensconced, wrap-around sensation despite the relatively high-set central console, which offers a secondary space for oddments on the tier beneath the transmission selector and the pair of cupholders.

    From the driver’s seat, the three-spoke multi-function steering wheel is sporty in its appearance and reasonably pleasing to hold, with the implied sportiness again surfacing in elements including the perforated leather in the left- and right-hand regions of the wheel rim.

    REVIEW: GAC GS3 Emzoom – 1.5L turbo B-SUV priced from RM119k OTR in Malaysia; we try it out in China

    Before turning a wheel in the left-hand-drive example, sitting stationary in the driver’s seat of the GS3 Emzoom offers touch points of a perceived quality that would appear to be par for the segment course, with leather, robust metal-look trim and soft-touch panels where immediately visible, and harder-feeling plastics in more concealed areas of the cabin.

    Briefly sampling the infotainment menus of the native Chinese-market units on offer demonstrated sufficiently crisp responses, and the displays are clear to the view.

    Our drive time with the GS3 Emzoom in Guangzhou, China was held within the confines of a temporary course that consisted of a straight-line acceleration and braking zone, slalom and figure-of-eight sections, offering a brief, if limited hands-on experience of the brand’s latest B-segment SUV entry.

    REVIEW: GAC GS3 Emzoom – 1.5L turbo B-SUV priced from RM119k OTR in Malaysia; we try it out in China

    Beginning our drive time in the GS3 Emzoom with the straight-line acceleration and braking test segment summons the 177 PS/270 Nm 1.5 litre turbocharged inline-four cylinder petrol engine, which is sufficiently zesty in its responses. Its exhaust note is as expected of the commonly used configuration, though much more subdued than the car’s exterior would have one expect at first.

    While no timed runs were exercised, its claimed 7.5 seconds in the 0-100 km/h sprint feels believable. Serving as the link to the driven front wheels, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is one that leans towards the more relaxed end of the spectrum for its type, as there are snappier-shifting dual-clutch examples on the market.

    Taking to the slalom and figure-of-eight sections of the test course, the GS3 Emzoom continues to demonstrate a more relaxed demeanour than its rather extroverted exterior styling would have one believe, instead revealing a chassis that is more obliging, rather than engaging of a keen driver who wants to press on.

    The steering is light, even for a B-segment vehicle, and is bereft of any real feedback, as the helm does not load up in weight even when plenty is asked of the front tyres when the GS3 Emzoom is put through its paces in the confines of the course. The setup feels to be of a relatively slow ratio, too, with a considerable amount of wheel twirling required.

    The GS3 Emzoom chassis appears to be one that is set up for comfort, with considerable lean experienced even for a crossover, from what feels like relatively low spring rate. Conversely, the trade-off for the very audible protests of the tyres in the handling section, is a commendable level of compliance over moderately sharp ridges as demonstrated when traversing joints in the slabs of concrete on the test grounds. As for primary ride, a more definitive finding will have to be reserved for a later sampling on our local roads.

    An unexpectedly relaxed device the GS3 Emzoom is, then, in contrast to its overtly sporty exterior styling. Should the brand’s Malaysian-market GS3 Emzoom carry over its native Chinese market chassis calibration, this may yet prove to be pliant enough for the challenges of our local road surfaces, particularly in the Klang Valley.

    Considered in isolation, the GS3 Emzoom majors on sharp styling, and as claimed by GAC, segment-best engine torque output with 270 Nm on tap, and while the new entrant from GAC is physically larger in its exterior compared to its competitors, whether or not that advantage translates to interior space will require further exploring.

    Elsewhere as an ownership proposition, the brand is being built up by distributor WTCA who is setting out to have more than 20 showrooms and service centres nationwide by the third quarter of this year, with 15 dealerships in the country to date. This should bode well for the brand, considering its relative youth in the Malaysian market.

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom Premium R in Malaysia

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom Exclusive in Malaysia

     
     
  • 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.

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom Premium R

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom Exclusive

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  • GAC GS3 Emzoom CKD assembly started in Segambut – MoU for LHD export to Vietnam, Emkoo for Malaysia

    GAC GS3 Emzoom CKD assembly started in Segambut – MoU for LHD export to Vietnam, Emkoo for Malaysia

    Warisan Tan Chong Automotif (WTCA) has announced the start of local production (CKD) for the GAC GS3 Emzoom at the Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA) plant in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur. This comes two months after the B-segment SUV – offered in two variants – was open for booking in Malaysia at the end of January this year.

    According to WTCA, the successful start of CKD production was realised in just 13 months following the project’s announcement, which it says is a notable achievement compared to the industry average.

    “Our team at WTCA is immensely proud of the seamless collaboration with our esteemed GAC partners in executing an accelerated start of production for the GAC GS3 Emzoom. This accomplishment serves as a testament to our robust technical integration capabilities and vast collective expertise in efficiently delivering manufacturing excellence while maintaining the highest quality standards,” said Warisan TC Holdings CEO Tan Keng Meng.

    GAC GS3 Emzoom CKD assembly started in Segambut – MoU for LHD export to Vietnam, Emkoo for Malaysia

    In an official release, the company also revealed it had signed a CKD technical collaboration agreement with GAC, which grants WTCA the rights to locally assemble GAC vehicles using CKD kits and components.

    WTCA also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GAC to initiate feasibility studies for two new CKD vehicle assembly projects in Malaysia. These include production of right-hand drive units of the Emkoo for the Malaysian market as well as left-hand drive units of the GS3 Emzoom for export to Vietnam.

     
     
  • 2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom open for booking in Malaysia: X50, Omoda 5 rival with 1.5T, sub-RM130k, CKD April

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom open for booking in Malaysia: X50, Omoda 5 rival with 1.5T, sub-RM130k, CKD April

    Distributor of China-based brand GAC, Warisan Tan Chong Automotif (WTCA) has previewed a new entrant to the B-segment SUV category in Malaysia, the GAC GS3 Emzoom, which the company has made available for booking at a fee of RM1,000.

    With pricing to be under RM130,000, the B-segment GS3 Emzoom will be offered in Malaysia in two variants – Exclusive, and Premium-R. This will compete with the likes of the Chery Omoda 5, Honda HR-V and Proton X50.

    This will first enter the Malaysian market as a fully imported (CBU) model, while plans for local assembly are afoot, and CKD units will roll off the production line from the Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA) plant in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur in April 2024.

    In terms of exterior styling, the GS3 Emzoom is one of angular shapes, and boasts of the Mecha Wing grille, Laser Eye split-LED headlamps and Light Dart tail lamps. There will be four exterior colours offered – Ivory White, Starlight Silver, Lake Blue and Graphene Grey. In a bit of a styling flourish, the GS3 Emzoom also features flush-fitting exterior door handles – this could possibly be the lowest-priced vehicle on the market with this feature.

    Built on 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; its wheelbase is also 90 mm longer than the previous model.

    Rolling stock is a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, shod in Sentury Qirin 990 tyres measuring 225/55R18. The example shown here at the preview event is the Premium-R variant, and this is mechanically similar to the Exclusive variant that was also announced; the Premium-R is distinguished by its front and rear bumper extension kit.

    Compared to the Proton X50, the GS3 Emzoom is 80 mm longer, 50 mm wider and 9 mm lower with a wheelbase that is 50 mm longer, while against the Honda HR-V, the GS3 Emzoom is 25 mm longer, 60 mm wider and 40 mm longer of wheelbase. Compared to the Chery Omoda 5, the GS3 Emzoom is 10 mm longer and 20 mm wider, and 20 mm longer of wheelbase.

    The GS3 Emzoom is powered by 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. Drive is transmitted to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox; claimed fuel consumption is 5.9 litres per 100 km, according to GAC.

    The brand’s first showroom is set for opening by the end of February, while a further five showrooms will be opened within the first half of 2024, and these are to be located in Glenmarie, Cyberjaya, Seremban, Johor Bahru and Penang, said Warisan TC Holdings CEO Tan Keng Meng in a statement. Warisan TC also aims to establish more than 20 showrooms and service centres nationwide for GAC by the end of 2024, Tan added.

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom official images

     
     
  • 2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom spied in Malaysia – sporty Proton X50, Honda HR-V rival with 1.5T coming soon?

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom spied in Malaysia – sporty Proton X50, Honda HR-V rival with 1.5T coming soon?

    There will soon be a new player in the B-segment SUV market here in Malaysia, as indicated by these images of the 2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom on a transporter truck, as photographed by paultan.org reader Charles Ong.

    The GS3 Emzoom will be assembled at the Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA) plant in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur, and in doing so the GS3 Emzoom will be Guangzhou Automobile Group’s first CKD programme, not just in the ASEAN region, but worldwide.

    Called the Trumpchi GS3 in its native China, the B-segment SUV is built on the manufacturer’s latest GPMA platform, and measures 4,410 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, with a 2,650 mm wheelbase, making it 52 mm longer and 25 mm wider while its wheelbase is 90 mm when compared to its predecessor, which was the company’s first-ever right-hand-drive model.

    Among its competition in Malaysia will be the Proton X50, which is 80 mm shorter, 50 mm narrower and 9 mm taller with a wheelbase that is 50 mm shorter, along with the Honda HR-V that is 25 mm shorter, 60 mm narrower and 40 mm shorter of wheelbase.

    2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom spied in Malaysia – sporty Proton X50, Honda HR-V rival with 1.5T coming soon?

    Par for the B-segment SUV course now is a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine, and the GS3 Emzoom is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.5 litre unit that outputs 177 hp and 270 Nm of torque. WTC Automotif (WTCA) calls the GS3 Emzoom a segment leader in torque output, considering rivals like the X50 Flagship has 255 Nm, the HR-V Turbo variants have 240 Nm, and the Chery Omoda 5 has 230 Nm.

    Transmission in the GS3 Emzoom is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which sends drive to the front wheels. The 0-100 km/h acceleration run is done in a claimed 7.5 seconds, with fuel consumption a claimed 6.18 litres per 100 km (16.2 km/l) on the Chinese domestic test cycle.

    Locally assembled units of the GAC model have been scheduled to roll out of the Segambut plant in April 2024 ahead sales that will commence in the middle of the year, as revealed previously by Warisan TC CEO Tan Keng Meng.

    The CKD project for the brand will see WTC Automotif invest more than RM60 million towards the production of the new GS3 Emzoom, as well as for the setting up of the brand’s presence across the country. This will be comprised of more than 70 showrooms in Malaysia, with the first, flagship showroom in Section 13 of Petaling Jaya, behind the Renault showroom under TC Euro Cars.

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  • GAC GS3 Emzoom launched in the Philippines, from RM84k – 1.5T 4-cyl, rivals Geely Coolray, Honda HR-V

    GAC GS3 Emzoom launched in the Philippines, from RM84k – 1.5T 4-cyl, rivals Geely Coolray, Honda HR-V

    The 2023 GAC GS3 Emzoom has been launched in the Philippines, and it has gone on sale in the country in three variants, reports Autoindustriya.

    Being a B-segment SUV, the Geely Coolray (and Proton X50) and Honda HR-V-rivalling GS3 Emzoom measures 4,410 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,600 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,650 mm, or 52 mm longer and 25 mm wider than its predecessor which was launched in Malaysia late 2021.

    In the Philippines, all variants of the GS3 Emzoom are powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol engine that outputs 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 270 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm to 4,500 rpm, and is mated to a seven-speed wet-dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels.

    Inside, the GS3 Emzoom features a pair of digital screens comprised of a seven-inch instrument panel for the driver and a 10.25-inch touchscreen unit for the infotainment system; this supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Bluetooth as well as FM/AM radio.

    GAC GS3 Emzoom launched in the Philippines, from RM84k – 1.5T 4-cyl, rivals Geely Coolray, Honda HR-V

    Advanced driver assistance systems on the GS3 Emzoom include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, traffic jam assist, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.

    Further safety equipment in the GS3 for the Philippines market includes brake assist, hill decent control on the top GL variant, electronic stability programming, tyre pressure monitoring system, and up to six airbags on the top GL variant (four airbags on the GB and two on the base GS).

    The GAC GS3 Emzoom is on sale in the Philippines in three variants, starting with the GS3 GS at PHP 998,000 (RM84,026), on to the GS3 GB at PHP 1,098,000 (RM92,445), and the range is topped by the GS3 GL at PHP 1,198,000 (RM100,865).

    Meanwhile for Malaysia, the 2023 GAC GS3 has been confirmed to enter the Malaysian market with CKD locally assembled, Malaysia-specification units to be built at the Tan Chong Segambut plant, with roll-out to commence next April and sales to begin in the middle of next year.

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  • 2023 GAC GS3 confirmed for Malaysia – CKD next-gen B-SUV X50, HR-V rival with 1.5T, 177 hp, 270 Nm, 7DCT

    2023 GAC GS3 confirmed for Malaysia – CKD next-gen B-SUV X50, HR-V rival with 1.5T, 177 hp, 270 Nm, 7DCT

    Earlier today, GAC Motor and WTC Automotif (WTCA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Warisan TC Holdings (a Tan Chong Group company), officially announced a CKD project that will see GAC cars roll out from Tan Chong’s Segambut plant in April 2024, with sales starting from the middle of next year.

    It’s a big milestone for GAC, as this is the Guangzhou-based state-owned carmaker’s first ever CKD project outside of China. The first local fruit of this marriage is the next-generation GAC GS3, not to be confused with the GS3 that was launched locally in late 2021. The upcoming B-segment SUV is world’s apart from today’s GS3, inside and outside. Let’s take a closer look.

    Called the Trumpchi GS3 in China, this is a fresh product which pre-sales only started in February. Sitting on the company’s latest GPMA platform, the B-segment SUV top hat measures 4,410 mm long and 1,850 mm wide, with a 2,650 mm wheelbase. That’s 52 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing GS3, and the new car’s wheelbase is much longer, by 90 mm. It’s a fair bit lower too, improving proportions significantly.

    2023 GAC GS3 confirmed for Malaysia – CKD next-gen B-SUV X50, HR-V rival with 1.5T, 177 hp, 270 Nm, 7DCT

    Compared to its Chinese peer with a Malaysian badge – the Proton X50 – the GS3 is 80 mm longer, 50 mm wider and 9 mm lower, with a 50 mm longer wheelbase.

    You’d have noticed that the new GS3 wears very sharp styling (and lots of geometric shapes) to go with its rather sporty proportions. The matte-bodied car with orange highlights you see here is the domestic ‘R-Style’ version, which also gets a huge rear diffuser with twin central pipes. Very eye-catching, but perhaps a bit over the top. Check out the more balanced standard version in the gallery below.

    Like the X50, Honda HR-V and soon to be launched Chery Omoda 5, the new GS3 is powered by a 1.5 litre turbo engine. The four-pot unit puts out 177 hp and 270 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 4,500 rpm. WTCA calls the latter segment-leading – the X50 Flagship’s TGDi three-pot makes 255 Nm, the HR-V’s VTEC Turbo gets 240 Nm, while the Omoda 5 makes do with 230 Nm.

    2023 GAC GS3 confirmed for Malaysia – CKD next-gen B-SUV X50, HR-V rival with 1.5T, 177 hp, 270 Nm, 7DCT

    The transmission is a seven-speed DCT, which matches the X50. Drive goes to the front wheels, of course, and the 0-100 km/h sprint time is reported to be 7.5 seconds. Average fuel consumption in China’s domestic cycle is 6.8 litres per 100 km (14.7 km/l).

    By the way, this 1.5T DCT combo is a huge leap from the outgoing GS3, which is powered by a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine (114 PS/150 Nm) and six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

    The GS3’s interior is as exactly what you’d expect if you’re familiar with Chinese SUVs – modern and minimalist, but generic. It ticks all the contemporary design boxes – a horizontal layout, co-joined double screens, high centre console and a small notch of a gear selector. One thing I’ve noticed (and like) about today’s Chinese cars is their bold approach with interior colours – there’s a blue themed example in the gallery below – but Malaysian buyers are very safe.

    Specs wise, it’s still very early days for the CKD project, but aside from the 1.5T DCT powertrain, the only other detail confirmed for Malaysia is that we’ll get a Level 2 ADAS suite. Aside from the X50 and HR-V, GAC and WTCA must also look at the Chery Omoda 5, which will be launching in June/July with a long list of kit and a price tag between the Proton and Honda.

    The CKD GAC GS3 will hit local showrooms mid-2024 – for now, what do you think of its design and specs? More on the GAC-WTCA partnership and plans here.

    GALLERY: 2023 GAC GS3, China spec

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  • GAC Motor CKD project announced – new GS3 B-SUV, Tan Chong invests over RM60m, Segambut Q2 2024

    GAC Motor CKD project announced – new GS3 B-SUV, Tan Chong invests over RM60m, Segambut Q2 2024

    Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) and WTC Automotif (WTCA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Warisan TC Holdings (a Tan Chong Group company) today announced a CKD local assembly programme worth over RM60 million. This is GAC’s first CKD programme not just in ASEAN, but in the world.

    Not many might remember, but before the current wave of Chinese OEMs, GAC made a relatively quiet entry into Malaysia with the GS3 SUV. Back in late 2021, the GS3 was a CBU unit converted to right-hand drive (with a fair bit of effort, 130 changes involved in GAC’s first RHD car) and future CKD was mentioned. Now, here we are.

    The GAC CKD project will see WTCA invest over RM60 million, which will go to the manufacturing of “the brand new GAC Motor GS3 model” and setting up a nationwide presence for the brand. Part of the total sum will be used for model-specific investments such as tools and upgrades to Tan Chong’s Segambut plant in KL, which will produce the GS3.

    UPDATE: According to Warisan TC CEO Tan Keng Meng, CKD production is scheduled to begin in April 2024, with sales starting in mid-2024. This is GAC’s first ever CKD project in the world.

    GAC Motor CKD project announced – new GS3 B-SUV, Tan Chong invests over RM60m, Segambut Q2 2024


    The first GAC CKD model will be next-generation GS3 B-segment SUV

    The Guangzhou-based brand is bullish on our market, with GAC Group VP and GAC International chairman Yu Jun saying that “we will be expecting that with three to five years development, the production and sales will reach 50,000 units”.

    To achieve this, GAC will “coordinate internal and external resources, increase support for the Malaysian market, accelerate the launch of key models, improve the model matrix and provide more intelligent and higher quality products local consumers,” he said.

    As for the network, WTCA plans to set up over 70 showrooms across Malaysia. The first, flagship showroom is at Section 13 Petaling Jaya, near Jaya 33 and just behind the Renault showroom. This outlet will be ready in Q3 this year.

    The first, flagship GAC showroom is at Section 13 PJ, behind Renault

    “Over the next five years, WTCA will introduce an attractive and comprehensive inventory of right-hand drive GAC Motor models, including SUV, sedan and MPV. In addition, all-new global GAC Motor models will be simultaneously developed for both right- and left-hand drives, ensuring that Malaysian consumers receive the latest models at the same rate as other global consumers,” WTCA said in a statement.

    We move on to the CKD product, which is the new GS3 that sports a much sharper and more contemporary look compared to the CBU GS3 that debut here in in 2021. WTCA says that the new GS3 will have a 1.5 litre turbo engine (current car is a 1.5L NA), a seven-speed DCT and ‘segment-leading torque’ of 270 Nm at 1,400 to 4,500 rpm. The B-SUV will also have Level 2 ADAS. Further details will be released later; no timeline was shared at today’s event. We detail the new GS3 and compare it with B-SUV rivals here.

    Lastly, WTCA handed over 25 units of the current GAC GS3 to Mayflower Car Rental today. The Tan Chong Group car rental company ordered a fleet of 50 GS3 units from WTCA. Mayflower will be introducing the “All-New Adventure” leasing programme featuring the GS3, which will be available for rental from RM150 per day. What do you think of the GAC GS3, old and new?

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  • 2023 GAC GS3 unveiled – 175 hp 1.5L turbo petrol, dual widescreen displays; on sale in China from Q1

    2023 GAC GS3 unveiled – 175 hp 1.5L turbo petrol, dual widescreen displays; on sale in China from Q1

    The GAC Trumpchi GS3 has been revealed through China’s ministry of industry and information technology, as reported by Car News China, and the B-segment SUV from the Chinese brand now wears a much more angular look as compared to its predecessor which went on sale in Malaysia almost exactly one year ago. The new GS3 will go on sale in China in the first quarter of 2023 from 85,000 yuan (RM53,853).

    According to its document filing with the Chinese government, the 2023 GAC GS3 measures 4,410 mm long, 1,850 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,650 mm, making its slightly larger than its predecessor which measured 4,358 mm long, 1,825 mm wide, 1,660 mm/1,685 mm tall (with/without roof rails) and a wheelbase of 2,560 mm.

    These are in the ballpark of measurements for B-segment models such as the Proton X50 and the Honda HR-V. Motive power for the GS3 comes from a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 175 hp which will propel the crossover to a claimed top speed of 190 km/h, according to Car News China.

    Illustrations by GAC have also shown what the crossover’s interior – or at least its dashboard – looks like, and this has been revealed to be in keeping with current trends of offering widescreen displays for driver instrumentation as well as infotainment features.

    The dashboard aims to offer a driver-centric look with the infotainment and centre console angled slightly towards the driver, while what appears to be the transmission selector – is small and stubby, somewhat recalling that of the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf. As with its exterior, the interior of the 2023 GS3 is a radical departure from that of the model on sale in Malaysia.

    The government document filing also reveals a different exterior styling set for the GS3, which Car News China indicates will be for an upcoming R variant. Here, images show a front grille that gets orange highlights, ‘R’ badging, front bumper extensions, central exhaust tips and a prominent diffuser set for the rear bumper, a unique alloy wheel design with matching orange highlight trim, and a panoramic sunroof.

    In Malaysia, the predecessor to this model, the 2022 GAC GS3 is sold through Warisan Tan Chong Automotif (WTCA) in fully imported (CBU) guise, priced at launch last year from RM88,800 for the Standard variant, up to RM96,800 for the Premium variant.

    Now, according to the GAC Motor website for Malaysia, prices start from RM96,800 for the Standard variant, up to RM 105,800 for the Premium, following the end of the sales tax exemption in Malaysia which was on June 30 this year.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated Jul 25, 2024