China-based GAC Motor introduced its first 7-seat SUV, the GS8, at Hangzhou International Expo Center, the main venue of the G20 summit. During the launch, GAC Motor’s General Manager Yu Jun announced that GAC Motor will strive to make GS8 its hottest model, with sales amounting to 100,000 units annually. GAC is launching 9 new models next year, endeavoring to sell 500,000 cars in 2017.
Self-developed by GAC Motor, the GS8 meets the North American SUV roof anti-force standard and redefines Chinese high-end SUV market. It integrates the GAC production system, global R&D network and global supply chain system.
The GS8 is based on a cross-platform modular architecture. The GS8 is powered by the company’s Ti POWER 320T engine and six-speed automatic gearbox. With GAC Motor’s second-generation i-4WD 2.0 four-wheel drive system, the GS8 offers six driving modes (sandy roads, muddy roads, snowy roads, intelligent auto, sports, and ECO). It also applies the latest Bosch electronic stability program 9.1 (ESP 9.1) that improves the car’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding).
Other intelligent technology attributes include automatic tailgate opening and a series of auxiliary driving assistance systems for active and passive protection, such as emergency braking and lane departure warning.