Trumpchi GS8 SUV Spotted In The USA Ahead Of Launch

We’ve known since last year that GAC Motor was planning on entering the U.S. market by the end of 2019, and that the first model to greet Uncle Sam would be the Trumpchi GS8.

These images surfaced on the GM Inside News Forum, posted by somebody with the user name Z284ever. We’re not exactly sure where the pictures were taken, but it’s clear that the vehicles were just recently unloaded. Since multiple stickers say ‘China Airlines’, we’re guessing the SUVs were flown in on a cargo plane.

The GS8 is a mid-size SUV with three rows of seats, measuring 4,810 mm (189.3 in) in length, 1,910 mm (75.1 in) in width and 1,770 mm (69.6 in) in height, with a wheelbase of 2,800 mm (110.2 in). In China, it’s priced from 163,800 yuan, which in USD means roughly $25,742, although there’s no reason to believe that’s how much it will cost once it starts selling in the U.S.

Inside, Chinese models can have white leather, light-color wood and piano black inserts. The dashboards also features a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, while the gauge cluster houses two analogue dials with an LCD display in the middle.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, producing 201 HP and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox then sends the output to either the front wheels or to all four, depending on whether or not the SUV is equipped with 4WD – the one pictured here is clearly the 4WD model.

How much success the GS8 will have in the U.S. is hard to gauge right now. The Trumpchi name might actually do more harm than good, given the current political climate. But we’ll just have to wait and see.

H/T to Ed!

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  • Status

    Supposedly, the romanized word ‘Trumpchi’ means ‘Legend’ in Mandarin.

    • Nihar

      They could call it Legend or Warrior then.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Exactly…many cars are renamed when sent to other countries to fit the culture. This is just blatantly obvious why it was not renamed.

    • paulgdeaton

      I will be the car of choice at Mar-a-Lago…

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Yes, more of these suv/cuv things is what the world needs!!! This one looks so stylish and unique…

  • Dennis Scipio

    I like the shape of it, but not so much for the headlights.

  • Christian

    Why such a hatefull name for a car? Hope BLM burn them all up!

    • LWOAP

      I wouldn’t be surprised if someone does that.

    • Thunderbolt

      The irony of your comment.

    • BGM

      Ah, there it is, the legendary leftist tolerance, inclusiveness and love… I suppose that the name of the car will make it a target for the antifa crews to vandalize as they do at gatherings of people they don’t agree with.

  • If this thing is as what is described and under $30K, they will sell a lot of them…

  • Bash

    It doesn’t look half bad tbh.

  • TrevP

    Guess time will tell.

  • SgtBeavis

    We all used to laugh at how bad Korean cars were when they first came to the US. Now they are a force in the industry. The Chinese will face a lot of similar issues when they finally start but they can certainly become a real player in time.

    But they really do need to change that name.

    • Yeah people cites Japanese cars of the 60s and the Korean car of 90s but it’s kinda hard for Chinese car maker bad few brands to enter established market using the way they developed and styling car right now. The level of indigenous styling is still minimal, even Geely looks like mix-match of car design. Engineering wise, they are more suited to Chinese audience than the rest of the world.

      That said in terms of electric car, it’s different. Some observer would say that Chinese could strike established market with electric car and all those electronic stuffed cars.

    • Mike

      Guangzhou Automobile Company (parent of Trumpchi subdivision) has already announced the Trumpchi will be rebranded when sold here.

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s gonna need a new name.

  • pxsupply

    I saw this SUV at the Detroit Auto Show in January and was pleasantly surprised.
    The quality seemed good, by looking at it and sitting inside of it. Of course I haven’t driven it.
    If they can pull off a price point under $30K they might have a winner. The Chinese are learning very fast and I could see trouble in the waters again for GM.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Sorry but this thing looks like sh!t in a bucket. Headlights look cheap and for good reason, clearly made in China. The rear deck has way too much going on and the side is oddly styled to have the name so far down and the door LITERALLY design around it. Sad sad day in history when this kind of crap ends up selling on US soil.

  • ErnieB

    Trumpchi? No self respecting Democrat would buy this….lmao!!

    • EM1

      Today’s democrats are task force of hate.

      • no25

        no honey republicans are way more hateful than democrats. and they always will be.

        • EM1

          Really? BLM and Antifa are friendly movements? Don’t forget the KKK was invited by dems.

    • Nick

      this has a lot to do with democrats and politics in general /s

    • LWOAP

      Pretty sure they’d buy a Prius or a Tesla.

    • paulgdeaton

      No self-respecting American would buy it… just the paranoid racists and hillbillys who bought into the junk sold by the orange buffoon who shares the first 5 letters with this mess-of-a-vehicle.

  • Dirtdogger

    Should be interesting, and Im sure if they keep the price around 25-35K, it will sell like hotcakes

  • Jason Panamera

    Just imagine equipped chinese pickup for under 15k. Soon…

  • Status

    I don’t believe the syntax of Mandarin works like that.

  • Well the specs look good, the design is decisive and the price is remained to be seen. But I think they need to think of aftersales if they want to be a credible budget brand in US.

  • LWOAP

    I’m really not sure how much success they’ll have in the US market but SUVs are hot right now so it might be easier for them. I don’t think the name will be an issue at all as most probably won’t care…….well, maybe except California.

  • SteersUright

    Requires a different brand name if it is to ever be taken seriously in the States.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    $30K is the starting price for most of the non-luxury-branded midsize CUVs already. That won’t cut it. $22-23K would, for an unknown brand.
    GM is not the one that would be threatened. Hyundai-Kia is the one. They keep increasing prices (and decreasing content), so now their vehicles are often on par with the Japanese in pricing, or, occasionally, higher. That’s not the model that’s working for them, as their sales keep falling. H-K do not have the brand cachet or aspirational attraction of the Japanese brands. If they don’t effect a quick U-turn in their strategy, the Chinese will come in and become the value brands, sending H-K packing.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      “They keep increasing prices (and decreasing content), so now their vehicles are often on par with the Japanese in pricing, or, occasionally, higher. ”

      This is not only incorrect, but your whole comment is a bad take.

  • Ron

    I saw this at the NAIAS and it doesn’t look half bad but get up close and personal and the flaws start to show. However, hypocritical Americans will buy them in droves, then complain about losing factory jobs to foreigners.

  • paulgdeaton

    How about just buying an orange “Trumpchi” and finding a big, yellow rug for the roof… then drive all day and all night and pollute the world as much as you can…

  • Henry J. Waternoose, III

    I just came to look at what looks like a very nice (and completely new) SUV and what I got was a giant political debate about part of the manufacturer’s name…

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