First look – fantastic! The new GAC Empow is very cool, very contemporary; clever use of colour, chrome, contrasts, great grille, sleek body – everything says ‘speed’, ‘performance’ and ‘sporty’. The designers and engineers at GAC are now so skilled and so confident they have produced a trendsetting new car for a new generation. All new cars being released now will have to keep up with this new paradigm or they will risk being left behind and looking out of date and old fashioned.
Those first impressions do not go away: the Empow interior is great to be in, it’s stimulating and enjoyable – the driving position, the ergonomic controls, the high tech centre console, the user-friendly screens for information and entertainment, your sporty and very supportive seat, the premium soft-to-the-touch materials, the carbon fibre look, the splashes of bright yellow (both inside and out), yes, this interior is as eye-catching and head-turning as the silky, satiny exterior. And it must be said, the green finish – (matte fighter green!) is absolutely gorgeous!
All the above must come through into the driving experience which in my case was more like a sensation! The Empow really goes; it is as fast and performative as it looks. Some drivers like a smooth ride, some like to experience power. Well, the new Empow lets you fully express yourself with its Sport+ mode; that’s atop the Sport mode but there’s also Comfort and Eco mode for the more conservative. GAC however has another mode for the individualist, the DIY mode, which lets you customise your very own mode. But here’s the promise: you’re going to enjoy driving the Empow.
Superb design and state-of-the-art technology make the Empow a joy – to look at, to sit in and to drive. But, maybe more importantly, they are also at your service in order to protect you and your passengers from any unforeseen situation or unsafe incident. There are too many to go through here, but check them out at GAC on Salwa Road. The all-new Empow is very well built and finished, with new styling and a sporty look. Find out how this beauty is more than just skin-deep.
ENGINE Third generation 1.5 litre turbocharged four cylinder DOHC, 16-valve with multi-port injection
TRANSMISSION All-new 7-speed tiptronic automatic
MAX POWER 170 hp (125 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
MAX TORQUE 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) from 1,400 rpm
EXTERIOR Sharp-looking, sleek and slippery, the new Empow cuts through the air with its ultra low drag coefficient of 0.26; smooth body will spark your sporty ambitions as will the amazing front grille design with distinctive air intakes and lights plus sporty back with four exhaust pipes; excellent use of chrome, aluminium and carbon fibre effects all add character and quality; 18″ alloy wheels
INTERIOR Slip into the sporty seat, sample the flat bottom steering wheel and enjoy the joystick-style shifter – this is what sports car driving is all about; the phone-centric environment is so cool, so modern, so in-tune with the digital world we live in; not to mention the quality of the supportive seats, the stitching and trim, the use of colour, carbon fibre effect and materials; 7″ dash screen and 10.25″ touchscreen display; wireless charging; Bluetooth smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, superior six-speaker stereo system.
SAFETY/SECURITY Front, side and curtain airbags, ESP, ABS, EBD; lane departure warning; traffic jam assist; blind spot detection; disc brakes; hill start control; electronic parking brake; tyre pressure monitoring; high-strength steel compartment – so much tech, you have to check it out on Salwa Road
The GAC showroom is right by the suspension bridge on Salwa Road. Friendly staff will explain all and even arrange a test drive of the Empow or any of the GAC stylish cars and SUVs. Call 4424 8989
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Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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