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April 13, 2023

2023 GAC EMKOO Brings Sci-Fi Style To Compact SUV Class For P 1.413M (w/ Specs)

Continuing its product expansion under new distributor, Astara, GAC Motor Philippines launches its newest offering int the market: the first-ever GAC Emkoo compact SUV.

Following the Empow sports sedan, the GAC Emkoo features a future-forward design that embodies the Chinese carmaker’s bold new look for its global SUVs. Underpinned by GAC’s new Global Platform Modular Architecture, it brings a highly-efficient drivetrain and intelligent driving technologies.

Inspired by sci-fi elements, the 2023 Emkoo has an industrial aesthetic design defined by sharp features, angular edges, and a dynamic stance. At the front is a borderless V-shaped grille, accentuated by LED headlights and DRLs. These lights may be programmed to light up individually and sequentially to provide a visual experience.

The futuristic vibe continues with the low-nose, high-tail side profile of the car with power mirrors and windows framed by chrome and black trims, hidden door handles that pop out when activated, and a swooping diagonal angle that cuts across the passenger doors. The Emkoo sports a fastback design, adorned with a uniquely-shaped high-level brake light, V-shape formation tail lights and dual vertical twin exhaust pipes. The compact five-seater SUV sits on 19-inch multi-spoke wheels.

Inside, the Emkoo has a highly sensorial cabin with fine materials, hand-sewn leather seats, and carefully selected textures for a truly immersive experience.

Among the features available on the Emkoo are a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a 10.1-inch multi-functional touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, ventilation for the front seats, automatic climate control with rear AC vents, and configurable ambient lighting.

The Emkoo is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline direct-injected turbo engine making 177 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque. Paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic, it delivers a fuel mileage reaching up to 16.1 km/L—one of the lowest among engines of the same displacement class.

The 2023 Emkoo also comes with a full set of airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, hill start assist, hill descent control, tire pressure monitoring, and a 360-degree camera. It also has Advanced Driving Assist Systems (ADAS) with Adaptive Cruise Control with Integrated Cruise Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist among others.

The Emkoo is offered in five colors: Lagoon Green, Glacier White, Moon Gray, Starry Silver, and Elegant Black. It comes in two variants: the entry-level GE priced at P 1,413,000 and the top-of-the-line GL priced at P 1,553,000.

2023 GAC EMKOO Specifications

GAC EMKOO Dimensions
  • Length: 4,680 mm
  • Width: 1,901 mm
  • Height: 1,670 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,750 mm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 liters
  • Curb Weight: 1,540 kg
GAC EMKOO Mechanical Features
  • Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged direct injected
  • Maximum Output: 177 HP @ 5,500 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 270 Nm @ 1,400-4,500 rpm
  • Steering: Electric Power Steering
  • Drivetrain: FWD
GAC EMKOO Exterior Features
  • 235/60R18 Tires (235/55R19 Tires for GL)
  • Electric Hidden Door Handles
  • LED Headlights w/ Height Adjust, Follow-Me-Home
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (GL)
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Power Side Mirrors (Auto Fold with Heating for GL)
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Induction Electric Tailgate (GL)
  • Glass Roof w/ Electric Sunshade (GL)
GAC EMKOO Interior Features
  • Automatic Climate Control w/ Second Row Vents
  • Air Quality Sensor (GL)
  • Multi-Function Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Fabric Seats (Leather Seats for GL)
  • 6-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat
  • 4-way Manual Adjustable Front Passenger Seat (4-way Power Adjustable Front Seat for GL)
  • Interior Ambient Lighting (GL)
GAC EMKOO Safety Features
  • 6 SRS Airbags
  • Front Row Seatbelts w/ Pretensioners (w/ Crash Locking Tongue for GL)
  • ESP
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Hill Decent Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
GAC EMKOO Technology Features
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 10.1-inch Multi-function Touchscreen
  • 7-inch Digital Gauge Cluster
  • 4 Speakers (6 Speakers for GL)
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free
  • Speed-based Volume Adjustment
  • Keyless Start System
GAC EMKOO Advanced Driver Assistance Features
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rearview Camera (360-degree Camera for GL)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Integrated Cruise Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Traffic Jam Assist


  1. Emkoo is the standout at MIAS for me among the sea of flashy Chinese crossovers. Hopefully it's DCT is not as rough as in Empow as reported by some.

    Ford Territory's interior and overall packaging are also great. It will most likely outsell the competition because of its "Ford" branding (though made in China) Vs Chinese brands

  2. I'm due for another car plan this year and I'm in the market for a small crossover/SUV ranging 1.3m-1.7m. Such a happy problem being spoiled with choices..this, Haval Jolion HEV, Ford Territory Ti X, Jetour Dashing, Corolla Cross Hybrid, and even just the aging Coolray will do. Anything that I missed?

    It will be quite some few busy weekends conducting test drives 🙃
    But can't wait for the honest and comprehensive reviews from CarGuide 👍


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