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Marhaba Motoring Review: A Closer Look at GAC GS4

Guangzhou Automobile Group is the parent company of GAC Motor which manufactures an expanding range of stylish saloon cars and SUVs. Already a partner with leading world brands in building cars for the Chinese market, the company has invested greatly in world-class automobile manufacturing facilities to produce its own brand cars and is now rapidly becoming one of the leaders among Chinese producers. Last year it made and sold over a million cars.

Indeed, for the past two years GAC Motor has claimed first position among Chinese producers in the respected J D Power Quality Study. This emphasis on quality of course can only help to make the brand more respected and consequently more popular.

GAC Motor’s philosophy is clearly seen in the GS4. Its finish and build quality is very good; its styling and features look world-class, on a par with similar cars built by more famous and well-established companies.

The feeling of good quality materials, attention to detail and fine finishing applies to the interior as much as the exterior. The cabin is roomy and comfortable and the materials are all touch-friendly. There are also plenty of technological channels to keep you in touch with world news and your choice of music, and whichever you choose will be delivered in crisp clear notes through the excellent hifi system.

Driving the GS4 also gives you options: you can choose Eco mode for a relaxed fuel-sipping ride, but I chose the Sport mode for a more energetic experience as I always feel top of the world sitting in a commanding driving position, typical of an SUV. And the turbocharger didn’t let me down, easily keeping up with all kinds of traffic situations, while the 150 hp and 235 Nm of torque – available from only 1,450 rpm – means overtaking is much easier than expected. Yet a third choice – and, like the others, available on the fly – is to choose Manual mode and change gears exactly when you please. Wherever you go, the cabin will be cool, the music can be hot and your family sprawled out in comfort on the wide, supportive seats.

TECH SPEC MOTORING DOHA QATAR

Engine New 1.5 litre inline, 16 valves, 4 cylinders with famous BorgWarner turbocharger transmission Innovative 7-speed G-DCT with switchable on-the-fly Eco, Sport and Manual modes; front wheel drive

Max Power 150 hp (112 kW) @ 5,000 rpm

Max Torque 235 Nm @ 1,450 – 4,250 rpm

Ground Clearance 190 mm (= 19 centimetres)

Exterior A solid, tough-looking compact SUV that nevertheless has modern, aggressive lines which suggest dynamic performance; the build quality is obviously very good, as is the fit and finish. Strong front grille, adaptive high intensity xenon halogen headlights with LED daytime running, LED optical combination taillights, front and rear fog lamps, sleek yet muscular body lines and sporty 18″ alloy wheels all combine to create a handsome design which satisfies the three main requirements of the new generation of car buyers: dynamic look, luxurious features and elegance in motion

Interior Easy access to all seats both front and rear, and to the large trunk/boot; welcoming leatherette material on seats; attractive dashboard and lots of technological options to cater for your listening pleasure; powerful multi-function sound system; dual zone air conditioning

Safety/Security Comprehensive front, side and curtain airbag protection; latest front and rear seat belts and ISOFix seats; electronic stability programme (ESP) deploys the latest Bosch system; ABS + EBD; high performance chassis and all-round independent suspension; ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels; parking sensors; rear view camera system; GAC high strength safe body; smart key plus button starter; anti-thief system; engine immobiliser

Body Colour

Dependable Domasco make it very easy to own a new GAC; everything is done in-house and you will not have the bother of obtaining a bank loan. For your one-stop shopping, get down to the showroom on Salwa Road, opposite HSBC, where staff will be only too happy to answer all your questions, on the GS4 or other cars and how to buy them on the best possible (and painless) terms!

This is a new brand in Qatar, so it makes sense to see and touch the car yourself, in person.

The GAC showroom on Salwa Road, opposite HSBC bank will be happy to show you the car and its main features and even arrange a test drive of the latest GS4 or any of its range of cars and SUVs for you Marhaba readers and viewers. Just call 4424 8989 to fix an appointment. You may also visit the GAC Motor Qatar website.


Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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