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GAC’s elegant MPV elevates itself as a status symbol

THE M8 makes a bold statement with its huge grille, stylish 18-inch wheels and imposing dimensions. | PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF GAC PH

The luxury multipurpose vehicle market has witnessed steady growth in recent years, reflecting the country’s improving economy and the rising purchasing power of its affluent population. To a certain extent, MPVs have become more than just people movers as they’re now considered a status symbol.

Among the most anticipated models was the M8, previewed last December by GAC Motor Philippines. The premium seven-seater MPV marked the latest expansion in the brand’s evolving lineup.

“The launch underscored our dedication to offering a diverse array of vehicles tailored to meet the unique needs of every market segment. With the M8, we can provide our customers with an unparalleled blend of style, comfort, and cutting-edge technology, all underpinned by our unwavering commitment to quality and reliability. Its refined aesthetics, opulent interiors, and exceptional performance redefine the benchmark for sophistication and innovative design,” remarked Franz Decloedt, brand head of GAC Motor, Astara Philippines.

Decloedt said the M8 was meticulously crafted to offer the epitome of comfort and convenience to discerning customers who prioritize luxury, style, and practicality in their driving experience. The M8 is a perfect choice for busy professionals and families seeking spaciousness and safety for their loved ones. Even adventurous travelers craving both performance and refinement during long rides would love the M8.

There are two variants of the M8: the 2.0L M8 GL Master at P2.998 million and the top-of-the-line 2.0L M8 GX Master at P3.948 million. As with all GAC vehicles sold in the country, each M8 purchased comes with aftersales warranty for the first five years or 150,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.

DURING the launch held in Intramuros, actor, TV personality and GAC ambassador Dingdong Dantes formally presented the M8 to the motoring media.


Designed to impress

Every detail of the M8’s exterior has been meticulously crafted to evoke a sense of luxury and refinement, making it a standout choice for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

The majestic Oriental lion has been the main inspiration in designing the M8. The front fascia is characterized by a distinctive and imposing grille reminiscent of the regal lion’s mane, exuding an aura of confidence and authority. Its bold and commanding presence on the road is accentuated by sleek lines and meticulously sculpted contours, reflecting a refined aesthetic that captures attention from every angle.

The M8 features LED headlights with meticulous detailing. These headlights are equipped with advanced features such as height automatic adjustment, headlights alarm, “Follow Me Home” function (the headlights remain switched on for several seconds after turning the ignition off or unlocking the vehicle with a key), and adaptive driving beam technology. This innovative combination not only enhances visibility and road illumination but also offers added convenience and peace of mind for drivers.

The M8 rides on stylish 18-inch wheels with a Master-specific design, carefully crafted to complement its overall design aesthetic. These wheels are paired with high-performance tires, ensuring excellent grip and stability on the road whether navigating city streets or embarking on thrilling adventures.

At the rear, the M8 makes a bold statement with LED taillights that mirror the intricate design language seen upfront, creating a cohesive and visually striking impression. A subtle yet sophisticated spoiler throughout the body adds a touch of sportiness while further improving aerodynamics.


Indulgent interior amenities

The M8’s interior is meticulously crafted to offer the utmost comfort and convenience for both driver and passengers alike, with a 2-2-3 seating configuration across its spacious cabin.

Starting with the front seats, the driver enjoys a 12-way power adjustment while the front passenger benefits from a 4-way power adjustment, ensuring optimal positioning for long journeys. Plus, both front seats are equipped with ventilation and heating functions, providing luxurious comfort regardless of weather condition.

In the second row, passengers are treated to an array of features aimed at enhancing comfort and convenience. Tray tables fold out seamlessly, perfect for working on laptops or enjoying a meal on the go. Dual second-row Captain’s Seats offer a two-way power adjustment for forward and backward movement, as well as a 2-way power adjustment for the seat backrests and a 4-way power adjustment for the leg rests.

Furthermore, these second-row seats are ventilated and heated, complete with seat massage functionality and illuminated pedals for an indulgent travel experience. The inclusion of a seat position memory ensures that passengers can easily return to their preferred settings with the touch of a button.

The third row is thoughtfully equipped for passenger comfort and versatility with a central armrest and 4-way manual adjustment which passengers can use to relax and tailor their seating position. The 40/60 split folding feature adds flexibility for easy adjustment to accommodate both passengers and cargo needs.


Technology on the go

Entertainment and connectivity are taken to new heights with the M8’s advanced audio, video, and navigation system. Featuring a 14.6-inch multifunctional touch screen with matching 12.3-inch full LCD instrument panel which supports both Apple and Android devices, passengers have all the information at their fingertips and seamless connectivity on the go.

In addition, passengers will be able to enjoy the tranquility within the cabin, made possible by the soundproof front windshield and front and second-row glass windows. The three-zone auto air-conditioning with fragrance system ensures optimal comfort, while the multicolor intelligent ambient lighting allows passengers to customize the interior ambiance to their liking, with a range of vibrant hues that create an immersive atmosphere.

A multitude of charging options ensures mobile devices stay powered throughout the journey, with various USB ports and a wireless charger available throughout the vehicle.

The inclusion of an 8-speaker audio system which delivers crystal-clear sound, completes the luxurious interior of the M8.


Peace of mind

Safety is paramount in the design of the M8, ensuring peace of mind for both driver and passengers. Equipped with Electronic Stability Program, Hill-start Hold Control, and Hill Descent Control, the M8 offers enhanced stability and control, whether traversing steep inclines or navigating challenging terrain. The Electronic Parking Brake feature, coupled with Autohold functionality, adds convenience and safety during parking maneuvers, preventing unintended rolling.

Moreover, the M8 prioritizes occupant safety with a comprehensive array of restraint systems. Front-row seatbelts have pretensioners and force limiters with height adjustment, along with crash locking tongue technology, giving optimal protection in the event of a collision.

Second- and third-row seatbelts also incorporate pretensioners and force limiters. The third row also boasts a three-point seatbelt configuration for all occupants. Additionally, dual front SRS airbags, side airbags, and side curtain airbags ensure comprehensive protection, supplemented by rear windscreen airbags for added safety.

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