A brand new prototype automobile, recognized because the GAC Trumpchi GS3 SUV, has been noticed by reader Enche Ariel present process street assessments in Perak. The GS3, or possible the facelifted GS3 Energy on this case, is a B-segment SUV produced by GAC Group and bought beneath the Trumpchi model in China.

In the event you’re questioning what it’s doing right here in Malaysia, nicely, it’s possible a part of a feasibility examine ensuing from the MoU signing between TC Overseas Assets Holdings Labuan (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings) and GAC Motor International. The MoU is legitimate till July 1, 2021, and consists of the opportunity of assembling and promoting GAC fashions in Malaysia and Vietnam.

The Perak plate additionally factors in the direction of the opportunity of it being assembled at Tan Chong Motor Holdings’ new RM500 million automotive hub (on 338 acres of land) in Bagan Datuk. This was introduced again in mid 2018, and on the time, the corporate stated its business automobiles manufacturing line was set to start in 2021. This may occasionally appear to be a coincidence, but it surely’s all speculative.

Now, onto the SUV. The prototype seen right here seems to be a right-hand drive unit. If that’s the case, that may make it a primary for the GS3 mannequin. The GS3 is at the moment not out there in right-hand drive markets, and there exists no RHD model of it as nicely. Not homologated ones, at the very least.

In China, the refreshed, range-topping SUV is powered by a 1,493 cc turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. The direct injection mill (Euro 6 emissions-compliant) makes 163 PS at 5,500 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. Drive is shipped to the entrance wheels both by way of a six-speed guide or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the highest pace reportedly being 165 km/h.

Curiously, there are experiences suggesting the existence of an much more highly effective 1.5T four-cylinder engine. That unit makes 169 PS and 265 Nm of torque, and all that will get despatched to the entrance wheels by way of a six-speed automated guide transmission (AMT). At this level, we’d wish to remind you that getting data from China web sites is all the time tough (bear in mind how all of us thought the unique Boyue had a six-speed DCT final time?), so take these with a grain of salt.

In any case, each 1.5T engines within the GS3 Energy are extra highly effective than the non-TGDi Proton X50s. The 1.5T PFI three-potter gives 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 226 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, whereas the 1.5 TGDi lump churns out 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.

There are cheaper, non-Energy fashions as nicely. These are powered by both a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine creating 115 PS and 150 Nm of torque, or a 1.three litre four-cylinder turbo that makes 137 PS and 202 Nm of torque. Transmission choices right here embody a five-speed guide or six-speed automated, the latter sourced from Aisin.

When it comes to dimensions, the GS3 Energy measures 4,350 mm in size, 1,825 mm broad, 1,685 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of two,560 mm. That makes it 20 mm longer, 25 mm wider, and as much as 76 mm taller than the X50. Nonetheless, the GS3 Energy’s wheelbase is 40 mm shorter than the X50’s, and weighs between 1,315 kg to 1,380 kg relying on the variant. It’s actually shut, then.

Different notable options embody McPherson struts for the entrance suspension, torsion beam suspension for the rear, disc brakes on all 4 corners (entrance models are ventilated, rears are stable), plus electrical energy steering. When it comes to colors, the older GS3 will be had in 5 colors, however sportier blue and pink hues have been launched with the arrival of the up to date GS3 Energy.

Design-wise, the GS3 Energy will get a large entrance grille, virtually within the vein of Lexus’ spindle grille. The headlights have been up to date with twin projector LED models, and pictures of the SUV in China present new 18-inch aeroblade-style dual-tone wheels. These seem sportier than the twin-five spoke models seen on the camouflage testers right here, however once more, nothing is sort of set in stone in the intervening time. The LED mixture tail lights are additionally new.

Based mostly on these pictures, the cabin is clearly to not the extent of the Geely Binyue/Proton X50. The facelift provides on a Mercedes-esque conjoined twin shows, one for the instrumentation and the opposite for the 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment system. This sees the centre vents tackle the form of an rectangular, whereas the encircling trim contains a carbon-fibre print in its entirety.

Elsewhere, you’ll discover keyless entry with push-start button, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, three rectangular management hubs for heating, air flow and air-conditioning, entrance and rear USB ports, a six-speaker configuration, plus energy adjustable entrance seats. The rear seats function a 60:40 break up and reclining operate, too. Boot house stays unchanged from earlier than at 370 litres, however expands as much as 780 litres with the rear seatbacks folded down.

For security, the usual equipment consists of three-point seatbelts for all 5 seats, twin entrance airbags (high mannequin will get further aspect airbags for a complete of 4), ABS with EBD, digital stability programme, traction management system, hill-start help, hill descent management, and Isofix little one seat anchor factors for the rear seats. Apparently, the GS3 Energy is provided with ADiGO superior driver help system, which incorporates energetic brake help, entrance collision warning system, and lane departure warning.

In China, the GS3 Energy is priced at 102,800 yuan, which is roughly RM64okay after conversion. The beginning value for non-Energy fashions (pre-facelift; these have but to be up to date) begins from 73,800 yuan (RM46okay). So, what do you consider this?

GALLERY: GAC Trumpchi GS3 Energy spyshots in Perak, Malaysia

GALLERY: GAC Trumpchi GS3 Energy in China