Friday, October 18, 2019

Legado Motors Launches The Impressive GAC GS3 Sub-Compact Crossover

GAC GS3 200T in Beeswax Yellow 
Legado Motors Inc. (LMI), the exclusive distributor of GAC Motor in the Philippines, launched one of its flagship models, the GS3 last October 15, 2019, at the Metro Tent, Pasig City. 

It was a star-studded event with no less than Mayor Chavit Singson, owner of  LMI topping the list. With the lights turn down low, a group of Tron-type LED dancers entertained the crowd with their light wizardry and heart-pounding dance moves. While on both sides of the stage, a brilliant laser light show also illuminated the two cloth-covered GS3's encased in neon-lined box-frames. The music beat built up to a climax. Fireworks lit the stage and the sheet covers were pulled revealing two handsome GS3 variants, the 150N and the 200T.

( L - R ) Mayor Chavit Singson - Owner of Legado Motors Inc., Wilbert Lim - CEO Legado Motors Inc., and Kevin Limjoco - Host

The GS3 is a modern subcompact crossover that has been well-received in many countries and markets across the globe since its launch in China on November 2018. The GS3 is a game-changer in the SUV market with its design, specifications, and features that surpass expectations in its class. 

A hallmark design feature of the GS3 is its “floating roof” concept 

From the outside, the GS3 immediately commands attention with its sleek and sporty modern design that is trendy enough for the contemporary road scene yet classic enough to withstand the test of time. A hallmark design feature of the GS3 is its “floating roof” concept — a distinctive visual effect created by the clever extension of the backseat window trim toward the vehicle’s rear. Other nifty elements include upscale chrome details and alloy wheels. 

Inside, a premium cabin feel of the 200T variant

Inside, a premium cabin feel is achieved with its multi-function leather-trimmed steering wheel, exquisitely crafted yacht-style gear shift, and an infotainment system comprised of an 8-inch TFT color display system with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. All of these features complement the perfectly balanced dimensions of the GS3, which is just the right-sized SUV large enough for luxurious comfort yet compact enough to maneuver on the road. 

200T variant with a 1.3-liter turbocharged DCVVT engine produces 136hp and 202Nm

The GS3 is a performance powerhouse that is versatile enough for both daily city driving and more challenging long-distance trips, all while achieving top fuel efficiency. It is available in two variants, both gasoline-powered with six-speed automatic transmission and compliant with Euro 5 emissions standards. The 150N variant with a 1.5-liter DCVVT engine produces 113hp and 150Nm, and the 200T variant with a 1.3-liter turbocharged DCVVT engine produces 136hp and 202Nm.

The GS3 boasts of a five-star safety rating through features like electronic stability control, anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), traction control system (TCS), hydraulic brake assist (HBA), hill-start hold control (HHC), hill descent control (HDC) and electronic parking brake with auto-hold.

Legado Motors Chief Executive Officer Wilbert A. Lim

“We are extremely pleased with the launch of the GAC GS3 here in the Philippines and we are excited to enter the market at a time where there is a great demand for vehicles that respond to the modern lifestyle of consumers,” said Legado Motors Chief Executive Officer Wilbert A. Lim.

“GAC as a pioneering global Chinese brand is set to conquer the automotive scene in developing markets such as the Philippines, and we are confident that our value propositions will have discerning Filipino car owners take a second look at our innovative vehicles and own the GAC experience,” he added.

GAC GS3 200T variant

GAC GS3 150N variant

Most importantly, the GS3 lives up to its reputation as a genuine gamechanger when it comes to price — with the entry-level 150N variant costing P888,000 and the premium 200T variant selling for P1,058,000. For all these world-class features and driving benefits, the GS3 is indeed a serious challenger in the SUV market, a perfect choice for first-time buyers and experienced owners alike.

Power Sunroof comes standard on the GAC GS3 200T variant
LED Daylight Running lights

Twin Tail light Chrome Embelishers

Fog Lights  come standard on the 200T variant

GAC Motor dealerships in the Philippines are located at Metrowalk, Pasig City; San Fernando, Pampanga; and Tarlac City, Tarlac. More dealerships are soon to open in Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Imus, Cavite; and Mandaue City, Cebu. 

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Monch "Monchster" Henares is an award-winning automotive journalist and feature writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer's Road Talk, a media blogger, and a co-anchor in the program 'Kaya Mo Yan' on DZRH News Television.  He is also a tech and motoring specialist, inventor, and automotive engineer. 

He managed the motorpool for a limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He is now based in Manila, Philippines, and is the President of BuildMeUp Corp.

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