Intro: This development also comes shortly after Tan Chong Group introduced the JMC (Jiangling Motors Co) brand in Malaysia, along with the JMC Vigus Pro pickup truck in October, and it looks like TC is branching out from “wheel drive” noodles and butter” for a long time. . brand in Malaysia – Nissan.
A report from Wapcar Automotive News showed you the official trailers from GAC Motor Malaysia earlier today, confirming that the Chinese brand’s first model for the Malaysian market is the GS3 SUV. Now here are some shots from the Pua driver showing the B-SUV on the road, carrying a commercial license plate. We see two cars, one white and one blue.
The brand distributed by Tan Chong Group will launch tomorrow, at the same time as GS3. GAC Motor’s first showroom was at TC’s Jalan Ipoh headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, adjacent to the company’s Nissan showroom. GAC Motor’s TC subsidiary is WTC Automobile.
The teaser image shows details of the taillights and headlights. The cutout inside the headlights confirms that we’re getting the latest updated version of the GS3, featuring a bold full-height grille. We found the headlights and signal lights to be “monocular”, which means we weren’t getting the best performance headlights with two square bins and LED strip signals.
In China, the GAC GS3 SUV is equipped with a 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo engine with a capacity of 163 hp and 235 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. Thrust is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Power of 163 PS / 235 Nm is between the two engines of the Proton X50 – the standard 150 PS / 226 Nm and the Flagship’s direct injection 177 PS / 255 Nm.
In its home market, the Trumpchi GS3 can also be equipped with a 1.5L 4-cylinder NA engine (115 hp / 150 Nm) and a turbocharged 1.3-liter 4-cylinder with 137 hp / 202 Nm. As such, the 1.5L 3-pot turbo will be the best fit for Malaysia, as it’s on par with the Chinese B-SUV everyone knows.
In terms of size, the footprint of the GS3 is very similar to that of the X50, but it is slightly taller (76mm). At 4,350mm long and 1,825mm wide, the GAC is 20mm longer and 25mm wider than the Geely-based Proton. As such, it will be significantly larger than the Perodua Ativa, the other standard local SUV.
There’s a bit of X50 on the rear pillars, where the windows are visually connected to the rear window, creating a floating roof effect. The cabin has a minimalist design and uses a Mercedes-Benz-style screen layout, where the infotainment screen is an extension of the dashboard. The latter, of course, is digital. GS3 can be equipped with ADAS driver assistance system in China.
The GAC GS3 will join the very competitive SUV segment from RM100 to RM150k, which includes the Proton X50 and Proton X70, the recent entry of the Toyota Corolla Cross, the just-updated Subaru XV and the starter for it all, the Honda HR-V, among others. Lower variants of larger SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are also available for less than RM150.
That’s the least we can say, and the price/content ratio will be crucial for the GS3. As Tan Chong is a reputable assembler with a large capacity, GAC vehicles can be assembled CKD locally or using the common method of importing complete units in the first batch, before CKD operations are carried out. presently.
By the way, this doesn’t happen anywhere. The relationship between Tan Chong-Guangzhou Automobile Group officially began in December 2020, when the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on the potential to sell and assemble GAC vehicles in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Earlier this year, we spotted some camouflage mules while testing GAC’s GS3 SUV in Malaysia and this B-segment SUV could very well be the brand’s first model in Malaysia.