The Low-Cost alternative to the Land Cruiser Has Received a Strange Upgrade

GAC is one of the most entertaining Chinese manufacturers.

This company is watching the world’s car industry with interest. Its partnership with Western brands simply does not allow GAC’s designers to copy someone — irresponsibly.

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Trying to catch up with recognized companies, the Chinese manufacturer designed an interesting model, the GAC GS7 SUV. Apart from being an advanced car, the large GAC GS7 turned out to be brutish in the best traditions of cool-looking SUVs. Now, the model has undergone a facelift, has changed its name to the GAC GS8 S and ...has got worse.

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Let's start with pleasant news. The Chinese SUV, which was probably conceived as a kind of alternative to the expensive Toyota Land Cruiser 200, now looks even harsher. The fake radiator grille has become larger, the horizontal slats have been replaced by vertical «fangs», and the bumper has received heavy redesign.

Now the bad news. Chinese buyers do not really like AWD cars, so the GS8 S will be only FWD after the upgrade. The clearance has also been reduced from 190 mm to 162 mm.

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The influence of sporty and urban lifestyles is obvious, but why does this model have such a «fighting» charismatic look? Apart from the new body design, the model has received a completely new interior: new gauges, a neat and modern dashboard and steering wheel. But what is the point?

At least the engine does not disappoint — the power output of the 2-liter unit has been increased from 201 hp (320 Nm) to 252 hp (390 Nm). Well, we can only hope that the market is ready for a FWD SUV with a small ground clearance. The price tag starts from $22,500.

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