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GAC PH offers luxury for less with the GN8 Master’s Edition

The ottoman seats are heated and cooled, and have built-in massagers

GAC thinks there is potential in the niche luxury-van segment. PHOTO FROM GAC

As of late, Chinese auto brands have been launching new products left and right. With the goal of outdoing each other and attracting more buyers, these (relatively) new players have been continuously making their offerings better. Take GAC Motor Philippines, for example. The company has just updated its GN8 minivan to make it even more desirable. It even has a longer name. Welcome, the GN8 Master’s Edition.

The Master's Edition has massaging seats which are only found on some European cars. PHOTO FROM GAC

Most of the changes are in the van’s exterior. This starts with GN8’s front end. The new gaping radiator grille now has vertical slats in lieu of the horizontal ones from the old model. The redesigned front bumper has daytime running lights, too, in addition to the existing ones on the headlamps. The sides are now sleeker, thanks to bodykit finished in black and silver. Rounding up the aesthetic upgrades is a revised rear bumper. The GN8 now looks somewhat similar to a certain Japanese luxury van.

The interior is loaded with goodies. The heated and cooled second-row ottoman seats have built-in massagers. Passengers will be entertained by the dual 10-inch screens, panoramic sunroof, and 32-color LED ambient lighting. The eight-speaker audio system is by Harman Kardon and has Apple CarPlay. Finally, the tri-zone climate control has an air purification system to keep the cabin sanitized.

It also has a rather imposing radiator grille. PHOTOS FROM GAC

Propulsion comes from a Euro 5-compliant 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 199hp and 320Nm. This is paired to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. There is an assortment of safety features including antilock brakes, airbags, and anti-collision sensors.

But the best thing about the GN8 Master’s Edition is its sticker price. Despite the upgrades and standard equipment, this new variant sells for just P2,958,000—the same as the Luxury trim level it replaces. Given the SRP, would you give this van a try?

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.