China’s GAC Moves Closer To US Entry, Shows Trio Of Models In Detroit [w/Video]

While some big names in the automotive industry chose not to attend the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, GAC has become the first Chinese company to unveil cars on the main floor of the event.

The state-owned automaker’s bet in the midsize SUV segment is the GS7, a production-ready five-seater that is roughly the same size as the Volkswagen Touareg. It comes with a boxy design, and uses a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine to move around.

While the GS7 will go on sale in China alongside the GS8 later this year, GAC’s second model that debuts in Detroit is a concept crossover named EnSpirit that sports a clean design with a sloping roofline. The study, which is said to be near production ready, uses a hybrid powertrain that has yet to be detailed.

Joining the likes of the GS7 and EnSpirit is yet another concept car, the GE3. The five-door model  has a more aerodynamic design than its two siblings and features a fully-electric powertrain that is said to eventually make its way on other models made by the Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC).

Besides displaying their latest products in Detroit, GAC Motor have also announced their plans of entering the US market. There’s no official date to follow at this point, but don’t expect to see any GAC-badged cars Stateside before 2020.

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  • SamuraiJack

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  • TheBelltower

    Trump is going to have a field day with this. If GAC does make it here, there will be a redneck revolt.

  • The Madman

    That GS7 is a blend of Mercedes GLC (Body), GMC Yukon and Sierra (front), RR Vogue and Ford Explorer (Rear), and Honda CR-V (Rims)…oh and Nissan Armada (from the side).

    • ScubaScuba

      no it isn’t

    • EddyCj

      You know, just because it’s Chinese you don’t need to dig that deep to find out what other car it resembles. There are so many cars these days, that it’s almost impossible to make a car look different from the others.

  • Miknik

    Unless that is dirt cheap, I see no reason to buy this over any established competitor. The mid sized SUV/Cross over market is crowded, with a lot of good products, and usually you are able to pick up quite good deals. This has nearly SsangYong like looks (and that’s not a compliment), and unknown track record and generally no real outstanding features to identify. And from where Chinese cars are on sale, dirt cheap ones are usually horrible. The good ones are not cheap. So again, why this over a Hyundai?

    • ScubaScuba

      GAC has accumulated years of experience via joint ventures with Toyota, Honda, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Hino. The GS7 will start at roughly 21k USD (estimated based on the starting price of 24k for the 3-row version GS8)

      • Imjus Sayin

        Did you calculate in the 35% Trump importation tax? Looks more like 28k to 32k USD. It better pass Top Safety Pick+ , get at least 30 mpg, and be more reliable then FCA.
        Resale value will probably drop 50% when you drive it off the dealer’s lot since it has no resale history in the 50 states.
        The only way to be competitive at a low price point GAC envisions is to hire the people in the market you want to sell it in by bringing the manufacturing back to the USA…USA…They can form a partnership with GMC to built it. Win-Win for Mr. PEOTUS.

        • ScubaScuba

          No that’s just domestic Chinese prices converted to USD.

          Agreed that GAC needs to manufacture in the states to be competitive in the states, but no they don’t need JV with GMC. Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan, etc – No foreign automakers need partnerships to manufacture in the US

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    The EnSpirit looks pretty cool. It reminds me of the Aston Martin DBX Concept, but in production form and less cool looking. LOL

  • fabri99

    The GS7 is atrocious.

  • Karl

    Total ripoff of the Nissan/Infinit Armada and the QX90! What a joke…

  • smartacus

    looks like a Lexfiniti

  • Mr E Fella

    im yet to see a chinese car thats actually good. theyre all death traps.

  • Bash

    can we have few pictures of the interior of the GS7, the video barely gives us a peek only!!

  • Kash

    The GS7 has Range Rover tail lights, Cadillac headlights, and an overall GX/LX body shape.

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