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Chinese “Land Cruiser” in two million: a big test

GAC brand enters the Russian market with a seven-seater crossover GS8. At first glance, expensive, rich.Cyril Mileshkin “Behind the wheel”

For acquaintance!

A year ago, I received an unexpected invitation from the company GAC — visit the showroom in Guangzhou. About the brand GAC in Russia knew a few, and now experts sparsely. The brand was created ten years ago, and the first cars went on sale in 2010, exclusively for the Chinese market. Now the lineup includes more than a dozen machines, and positioning the brand as a “mass premium”.

To start a trade war with the US GAC company seriously aiming at overseas market. And European too: mark was exhibited at the motor show in Detroit and Paris. And at home the GAC, among other things, several times occupied the first place in the rating of customer satisfaction.

Price in Russia: front-wheel drive — 1 898 000 ₽. Full drive 2 298 000 ₽. Chinese difficult to knock out, technical features and nuances of the design. According to some, based on GAC GS8 is the platform that you bought ten years ago from Fiat — reinforced, stretched and renamed modular. So the relatives of the crossover there is even a beautiful Alfa Romeo 166.Price in Russia: front-wheel drive — 1 898 000 ₽. Full drive 2 298 000 ₽. Chinese difficult to knock out, technical features and nuances of the design. According to some, based on GAC GS8 is the platform that you bought ten years ago from Fiat — reinforced, stretched and renamed modular. So the relatives of the crossover there is even a beautiful Alfa Romeo 166.

Bi-xenon headlights — basic equipment. More expensive machines rely adaptive led “guns”.Bi-xenon headlights — basic equipment. More expensive machines rely adaptive led “guns”.

Rear lights with a 3D effect reminiscent of eight. Allusion to the model name and symbol of success in China.Rear lights with a 3D effect reminiscent of eight. Allusion to the model name and symbol of success in China.

The Chinese love to change plans, but over the past months, the SAC concept has not changed: the launch in our market place. For crossover GS8 should be followed by an expensive minivan GM8 (same powertrain) and the mid-size crossover GS5.

And yet we are not easily scratched literally for half a day first put on record an instance of GS8, which plays in the same League with such cars as the Kia Sorento Prime, under parole not to sink in the mud and don’t tear up the bumpers.

The GAC looks GS8 monumental: chrome and solid black body — a classic of the genre, accented by large led headlights and rear lights with three-dimensional effect. Distance can be mistaken for a Land Cruiser or Highlander.

Opening doors with the key FOB, the car responds with a welcome light. Press two more keys — avtobuska of the engine and the electric drive of a trunk. Cloudy Moscow morning add light sparks from contact of the head with the fifth door. At the height of 186 cm under it I went!

Folded seat to form a flat surface. At maximum capacity from the trunk, something remains. In the underground right on the doorstep there is a small niche.Folded seat to form a flat surface. At maximum capacity from the trunk, something remains. In the underground right on the doorstep there is a small niche.

Three-class service

All versions GS8 on the Russian market seven-seater. Behind the last row can fit two or three medium-sized bags. In the small underground was a place full-time tool and free niche depth which is enough to put one side of the flask nezamerzayki.

Multimediasystem with display 10 inches functionality does not spoil. Protocols Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not supported (with multimedial friends only their Chinese equivalent), built-in navigation no. The presence of the screen, the excellent system of the circular review. There is an option peeped at the “Koreans”: the camera in the right mirror is directed to the dead zone. Include right turn signal and on the monitor the camera image.Multimediasystem with display 10 inches functionality does not spoil. Protocols Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not supported (with multimedial friends only their Chinese equivalent), built-in navigation no. The presence of the screen, the excellent system of the circular review. There is an option peeped at the “Koreans”: the camera in the right mirror is directed to the dead zone. Include right turn signal and on the monitor the camera image.

Lovely interior tacky spoil the tree. Dorestaylingovyh GS8 is full of outmoded by the abundance of buttons.Lovely interior tacky spoil the tree. Dorestaylingovyh GS8 is full of outmoded by the abundance of buttons.

The instrument panel is not to find fault.The instrument panel is not to find fault.

GAC has implemented on the GS8 from two systems of choice of driving modes. One collected road presets: “normal”, “sport”, “winter”, “economy”. Other electronics adapts to the type of coverage (“rocks”, “sand”, “dirt”) and distributes power in its sole discretion.GAC has implemented on the GS8 from two systems of choice of driving modes. One collected road presets: “normal”, “sport”, “winter”, “economy”. Other electronics adapts to the type of coverage (“rocks”, “sand”, “dirt”) and distributes power in its sole discretion.

Central Boxing bottomless and transformered “on the floors”. It is better to put something big: small things not to be found.Central Boxing bottomless and transformered “on the floors”. It is better to put something big: small things not to be found.

The lion’s share of floor space seat is folded. Not for show whether they there? With rare exceptions, cars with a length of less than five meters, the gallery is not designed for adult passengers. I got back, and then — Bang! Throwing the back of the second row, photographer painfully put it to me on his knees. Even longitudinal adjustment of the middle row, and a custom backrest of the third will not improve my position — feet closely!

Here in the second row is spacious. Sorry, for seat no. And the front seats, steering wheel and windshield are heated. Of course, efficiency is not all right, even at zero temperature the “warmer” raskochegarivaem very sluggish, but better than nothing.

The length of the pillow is not enough. Heating and ventilation are included in the basic equipment.The length of the pillow is not enough. Heating and ventilation are included in the basic equipment.

Sit back comfortably and three: wide, floor is almost smooth. Section of the sofa, divided in the ratio 60:40, adjustable in the longitudinal direction and the backrest. Brighten the existence of armrest, a separate area of climate and two sockets — USB and 220 volt. For seat no.Sit back comfortably and three: wide, floor is almost smooth. Section of the sofa, divided in the ratio 60:40, adjustable in the longitudinal direction and the backrest. Brighten the existence of armrest, a separate area of climate and two sockets — USB and 220 volt. For seat no.

The third row suitable only for children. There are individual lights and air vents ventilation and two cupholders on each of the inhabitants of this number – apparently, in order to sharpened here it was easier to come to terms with their situation.The third row suitable only for children. There are individual lights and air vents ventilation and two cupholders on each of the inhabitants of this number – apparently, in order to sharpened here it was easier to come to terms with their situation.

Obvious flaws of the Assembly to be seen. The locks work the first time, the panels fit neatly, play the keys — within the limits of decency, efforts on them are verified. Except that the stitching in places is uneven. The irony about the flavor of the new Chinese cars leave in the past — it is irrelevant.

The problem with comfortable fit typical Asian vehicles: seat cushion is short. And at the corner it is not adjustable, only height.

Team of the world

The Chinese are upgrading the machine very often. Here and released in 2016 GAC GS8 to the third anniversary has undergone a restyling. As for all 2.0 petrol turbo pumped with 201 HP and 320 N·m to 252 HP and 390 nm. To us while they put the “pre-reform” of the machine. How long is an open question. In China is clearly not going to continue the Assembly of the “corestyle” for us.

Forced engine 2.0 deforsirovan from 201 to 190 HP Thanks to the Chinese for attentiveness to Russian taxes. For a two-ton machine dynamics in urban enough. On the Korean classmates is a 188‑strong aspirated 2.4 — trust him more than the unknown Chinese “turbo”.Forced engine 2.0 deforsirovan from 201 to 190 HP Thanks to the Chinese for attentiveness to Russian taxes. For a two-ton machine dynamics in urban enough. On the Korean classmates is a 188‑strong aspirated 2.4 — trust him more than the unknown Chinese “turbo”.

The old version of the motor out of respect for our tax circumstances uzhali to 190 and 300 N·m. Hence, from 252 “horses” in the long term will definitely take a few extra.

Is the engine behaves at idle, but with increasing speed on the status of the premium (even “mass”) does not pull. It is clearly audible already at 2300-2500 rpm In the city — with constant acceleration — it begins to tire. At even same drive GS8 no more noisy classmates.

Gaze over the ocean

Imagine a crossover, sharpened by American tastes. Not only the frame and without a powerful motor. To go to “eight” have stately and slowly — exponentially. Do not wait reactive force on the steering wheel and not to be surprised by the rolls. To put up with smooth, but not thrilling acceleration. And then there will be harmony.

But because well, what’s a classic gun, not a fashion preselection. Based on experience with the robots in the Chinese machines, I can confidently say that the two clutches do not save them from ping. Here, 6-speed automatic Aisin, and the Chinese claim that the boxes come in a collection from Japan.

Companions from the company of the GAC and the truth is eminent. The coupling connection of the rear axle (and front-drive version, cheaper), timing chain and turbine BorgWarner supplies. Electronic blocks shiny logos Bosch and Continental. Optics from decades of proven companies, Koito and Osram. Solid!

In the formal characteristics of a given ground clearance with full load 162 mm. I on the empty car he measured 210 mm. Is this the difference?! Or the Chinese just being modest?In the formal characteristics of a given ground clearance with full load 162 mm. I on the empty car he measured 210 mm. Is this the difference?! Or the Chinese just being modest?

The spare wheel hanging outside. Such a solution is practiced on off-road vehicles, which by their specificity can be hard to sit in a rut. Place dirty? So any replacement wheel clean driver’s will not leave.The spare wheel hanging outside. Such a solution is practiced on off-road vehicles, which by their specificity can be hard to sit in a rut. Place dirty? So any replacement wheel clean driver’s will not leave.

Why is there paddle shifters? As with them, without them (for example, in a mode “sports”) box jumps nervously on the steps, but on acceleration this activity is not affected. Not that it’s a lot — 190 on a two-ton carcass.

On GS8-wheel-drive system of adaptation to road surface, sort of a simplified analog landroverusa programme, Terrain Response. Measured my ground clearance too, not symbolic — 210 mm under a regular plastic guard. All-terrain vehicle?

I don’t know! He kept his word, did not sink the car in mud. But the transverse joints and “sleeping policemen” forced to doubt the adequacy of the suspension settings. Roll in corners — it’s not terrible, but softly and elastically to work out the bumps a good machine is required. GAC is noisy bumps and pits, even of medium caliber, – to the Russian “directions” he is ready for C grade.

At recess

The main question — how much? The base front-wheel-GS8 1 898 000. For the car with all the leading please 2 298 000. Another 200 thousand more top-end variant, while the proposed fee for this set is not too generous: system of air quality control, background lighting, knee airbags and adaptive cruise with auto brake and lane control.

On good asphalt claims to GS8, and “speed bumps” he is tough.On good asphalt claims to GS8, and “speed bumps” he is tough.

Ambitious! Especially if you remember how Haval, already well untwist in Russia, they kicked for a price tag of 1.5–1.8 million rubles on the model F7 F7x. And even suicidal, if you compare the price of Kia Sorento Prime (2 024 900 with front-wheel drive and 2 174 900 — full) and the Hyundai Santa Fe (only with all the major, a minimum of 2 099 000). Most popular foreign car in Russia! And who is known to the GAC?

The first dealerships opened in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and somehow in Vladimir.

The timing of the deliveries are blurred.

GAC GS8 2.0 T AWD

Length / width / height / base 4836 / 1910 / 1770 / 2800 mmLuggage capacity 860 lEngine, petrol, P4, 16 valve 1991 cm3; 140 kW / 190 HP at 5200 rpm and 300 N·m at 1750-4000 rpmacceleration 0-100 km/h in 10.5 sFuel / fuel AI‑95 / 65 lfuel Consumption at speed 90 km/h 6.8 l/100 kmDriveline all-wheel drive; A6

The build quality, equipment, famous suppliers Price!

Nominated Grand Prix “at the wheel” 2020

We allow to participate in the Grand Prix “at the wheel” 2020 only brand new car — introduced in 2019 for the first time or successor generation. Restyling or updates to the engine range doesn’t count.

GAC GS8 is one of the novelties. But best or not in your class, you decide. We value your opinion!

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Official page of Grand Prix “at the wheel” 2020 is available at this link.

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Chinese “Land Cruiser” in two million: a big test

GAC brand enters the Russian market with a seven-seater crossover GS8. At first glance, expensive, rich.

Chinese “Land Cruiser” in two million: a big test

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Chinese “Land Cruiser” in two million: a big test

GAC brand enters the Russian market with a seven-seater crossover GS8. At first glance, expensive, rich.

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