GAC does not abandon attempts to compete with Buick: a new compactApril 26, 2018
At the Beijing motor show, the world premiere of a new van of Trumpchi brand, owned by GAC, – GM6. In the Chinese market, the model can be released this year.
At the end of 2017, the Chinese concern GAC introduced the business-venture Trumpchi GM8, whose main rival in the company is Buick GL8 (apparently, therefore, the “Chinese” received a similar index). On the approach one more MPV – compact van GM6. This model should compete with another Buick-van, again with the consonant name GL6.
In Beijing, the Chinese showed a pre-series copy. The exterior of the car is made in the style of the “senior” GM8, the doors were locked, so it is still unknown what will be the interior of the novelty. The GAC only noted that GM6 will be offered in six- and seven-seat versions (the Buick GL6 only has a six-seater cabin).
The characteristics of the new GAC are not yet disclosed. The GM8 minivan is based on the upgraded version of the Fiat platform (it was the basis of the Alfa Romeo 166 and Lancia Thesis): the Chinese bought the cart in 2008, other Trumpchi models are also based on it (for example, the GS8 crossover and the GA8 sedan). Probably the same platform went to the “younger” GM6.
As for the engine, according to local media, Trumpchi GM6 received a gasoline two-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine with a capacity of 201 hp (it is claimed that this is the company’s own development). The same motor is equipped with GM8, the “older” MPV engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The drive for both GAC Trumpchi is only front.
Note, GM8 did not succeed not in catching the Buick GL8, but even at least approaching the “American”. So, in March 2018 in China was realized 775 minivans GAC, model Buick GL8 in the same month sold around the country in a circulation of 8,782 copies. True, it is worth considering that in China they sell GL8 of the new and previous generations simultaneously. But even the old Buick minivan costs much more than the Trumpchi GM8: 229,000 yuan for the basic version against 176,800 yuan. With Trumpchi GM6, apparently, will be the same situation – yet to the image of Buick, according to Chinese buyers, the local concern is far away.