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The GAC M8 is vying to be your next luxury MPV

With prices starting at P2,998,000

GAC's luxury MPV entry officially makes it to our shores. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Remember when GAC Motor Philippines showed off the M8 MPV and its tentative prices last December? Prospective buyers of the luxury MPV will be excited to know that the automaker has managed to meet its set prices, just as it announced at the official launch today.

The M8 will come in two variants, the GL Master and the GX Master. The former is priced at P2,998,000, while the latter is at P3,948,000.

If you're looking for road presence, this is it. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Both variants are available in three finishes: Crystal White, Elegant Black, and Temple Gold.

Measuring 5,212mm long, 1,893mm wide, and 1,823mm tall, the M8 has a very commanding road presence with its humongous “Oriental lion-inspired” front fascia, lots of chrome brightwork, and intricately detailed front and rear LED lighting.

Both variants come with dual sliding doors and 18-inch wheels, but the GX has “master-specific” wheel designs, side mirrors with memory position and reverse tilt, a power tailgate, and soundproof glass.

Two very different interior finishes for different kinds of people. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The interior that seats seven is available in two finishes: Black and Red, and Light. The GX even gets its own master-specific interior with a different dash insert and ambient lighting.

The 14.6-inch screen dominates the dashboard. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The cockpit has a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and an infotainment screen of up to 14.6 inches (10.1 on the GL). This comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, eight audio speakers, and triple-zone climate control.

The GX Master also gets a built-in navigation system, a wireless charger, additional USB ports, and a fragrance system.

First-row passengers don't get the short end of the stick. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

On the GX, the front seats are power-adjustable—12-way for the driver, four-way for the passenger, and with memory function for the driver. Both have heating and cooling for the seats and center-mounted cupholders.

The GL makes do with an eight-way power-adjust driver seat, a manual-adjust passenger seat, and bog-standard cupholders.

All the luxuries one could reasonably want in the second row. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The two second-row captain’s seats have power adjustment, power ottomans, heating/cooling, and massaging functions as standard.

But step up to the GX and this adds second-row tray tables, a “boss button” that slides the passenger seat forward, more power adjustment with seat memory, sunshades, and a “Starlight Decoration” panoramic sunroof.

Seven people or a lot of cargo—it's your pick. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The third-row bench accommodates three people, and can fold in a 40/60 split if you need to carry more cargo. The GX also offers additional third-row USB ports and a center armrest.

Mega Wave Power makes a return. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Propulsion is courtesy of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline mill, so there is no electrification business here. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends 248hp and 400Nm to the front wheels.

The car also has a full suite of driver and safety systems, including hill-hold and hill-descent control, tire-pressure monitoring, lane departure and keeping system, automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist.

Stepping up to the GX adds a 360° camera with a digital rearview mirror, automated parking assist, door-open warning, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and braking, and emergency lane-keeping.

Will you get one over the usual Japanese suspects? PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Considering the price that heavily undercuts a certain Japanese luxury MPV, this segment of people movers is going to be a very interesting space to watch.

And for those who can afford these luxo-barges, GAC Motor Philippines will support them with a five-year or 150,000km warranty (whichever comes first).

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.