GAC Motor Philippines puts its biggest face forward with the latest makeover of its luxury minivan. With a massive, vertical grille in dark metallic finish, the Masters Edition of the GN8 is sure to make a bold statement. Along with the grille, the front fascia is now equipped with a new set of fog lights accented by skid plate in silvery finish. This same skid plate styling is carried at the rear that is now equipped with a more pronounced bumper design and new exhaust pipe design, and a pair of LED brake lights.
The upgrades in the exterior are carried inside this P2.958 million flagship minivan. While all the seats are covered in classy leather, the captain seats in the second row are heated and ventilated. They also benefit from ottomans, a back massager, and aircraft-style headrests for added comfort.
Even the third-row seats offer a large amount of legroom for optimum comfort for all the back passengers (this minivan seats seven). Completing the interior appointments are a new eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, tri-zone climate control with an air purification system, a 10-inch TFT infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay function (with Bluetooth and a hands-free phone system), panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree Serene Sanctuary that feature 32-color LED adjustable ambient lighting.
Launched in 2018, the GN8 served as the brand’s most luxurious offering and with the Masters Edition, the automaker is giving customers a more enjoyable riding experience while delivering lasting value.
According to Wilbert Lim, president and CEO of GAC Motor Philippines, the Masters Edition proves how far the 66-year old automobile brand has improved when it comes to manufacturing cars. He related how GAC cars bagged four championships in the 2019 Kalayaan Cup proving the quality of the vehicles GAC makes: The 4-hour Endurance Championship (Manufacturer’s Class); the 2019 Kalayaan Cup 12-hour Endurance Championship (Manufacturer’s Class); the 2019 Bonifacio Cup 4-hour Endurance Championship (Manufacturer’s Class) ;and the 2019 Bonifacio Cup 4-hour Endurance Championship (Open Category).
In June, GAC Motor Racing Team once again proved the durability and outstanding performance of its products following a dominant showing at the 2021 Petron Kalayaan Cup 12-hour Endurance Challenge by topping the 2021 Kagitingan Cup 6-hour race Championship and the 2021 Kalayaan Cup 4-hour race Championship both in Open B Category, while earning runner-up honors in the premier 12-hour race.
The same quality can be expected in the GN8 Masters Edition’s powertrain, a Euro 5-compliant 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine mated to an 6-speed automatic gearbox. This setup is capable of producing a maximum 199 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque.
Safety-wise, this minivan is comparable or even better than its counterparts as it is equipped with six airbags plus air curtains, GAC’s high-strength steel safety body, Bosch ESP 9.1 Electronic Stability Program (gives the driver excellent control over the vehicle even under the most extreme driving conditions), fully functional parking sensors, a 180-degree backup camera system, seatbelt warning, anti-collision sensor, airbags, and child safety locks.
As GAC Motor Philippines celebrates its third anniversary, the automaker is offering a P3 down payment on the GN8 along with GS3 subcompact crossover, GS8 midsize SUV, and GN6 MPV.
The P3 down payment also comes with a five-year warranty or 150,000 kilometers whichever comes first, a one-year LTO Registration and Chattel Mortgage, and a free one-year Comprehensive Insurance with Acts of Nature through selected bank partners (customers who will avail of the promo are still subject to bank approval). The GN8 is available for P59,554 monthly.
The P3 down payment promo runs until tomorrow, Nov. 30.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.