Influential Chinese brand, Chery, continues to build on its already strong foothold in the South African market with the recent introduction of the Tiggo 4 Pro’s big brother, the Tiggo 8 Pro. According to Chery South Africa’s Executive Deputy General Manager, Tony Liu the brand’s aim with this large luxury SUV is to further showcase the brand’s design and technological prowess to the South Africa market.
As the brand’s flagship model, the Tiggo 8 Pro is filled to the brim with luxury, safety and innovative technological features. Among these are comprehensive passive and active protection systems, including its omnidirectional airbag arrangement, called Guard Ring. It offers six airbags as standard, keeping occupants across the range safe and secure. Other standard safety features include traction Control (TCS), Roll Stability Control (RSC), ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and of course ISOFIX child seat anchors. For help with parking, the Tiggo 8 Pro boats rear park distance control (PDC), a rear-view camera with dynamic guides and a 360-degree parking view from its cameras mounted in the nose, rear and sides of the vehicle. The Executive model builds on this with an added intelligent safety package, including Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition amongst an impressive list of innovative safety features.
Importantly, the Tiggo 8 Pro is the first vehicle from the stable to demonstrate Chery’s evolutionary “Movement Design” language, created by the Chery design team as a synergy of bionics and aesthetics. At the centre of the new design language is the chiselled imposing front face, a three-dimensional “galaxy inspired” grille, the “Tiger Eye” Matrix type LED headlamps and multi-layered LED daytime running lights – all carefully designed to create a visually appealing, yet a strong and aggressive SUV stance.
Looking at the specification levels, the Tiggo 8 Pro alludes to the brand’s model planning philosophy, underpinned by high specification levels, especially when it comes to safety and comfort. “We do not believe in compromising on our safety and luxury levels, so every Tiggo 8 Pro boasts six airbags, ESP, traction control and our newest-generation 10.25-inch floating multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For good measure, all models will be fitted with our high-grade quilted leather seats and our multi-zone climate control system with N95-grade air filtering,” says Liu.
The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro is powered by one of Chery’s award-winning turbo-petrol engines with direct injection and intelligent control. The 1.6 TGDI was lauded in the China Heart engine competition for its high-tech design, which allows the engine to reach previously unheard-of levels of efficiency that benefit both power and fuel consumption. As fitted to the Tiggo 8 Pro, the 1.6 TGDI delivers a maximum power output of 145kW at 5 500rpm and a solid 290Nm across a notably wide powerband between 2 000rpm and 4 400rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) that delivers power to the front wheels. To best utilise the power and smooth engine characteristics, Chery has tuned the electric power steering system for improved feedback and has added Standard, Eco and Sport driving modes. The steering further offers Eco and Sport driving modes, where the feedback and feel of the steering system adjust to the driver intent.
The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro offers a comprehensive 10-year/1-million-kilometre engine warranty – note, however, that only the original owner is afforded this warranty and it is not transferrable. A 5-year/150 000km general warranty that is linked to the vehicle is standard, as is a 5-year comprehensive roadside assistance and a comprehensive 5-year/60 000km service plan.
Model line-up & pricing:
Distinctive: R496 900.00
Executive: R546 900.00 *The Tiggo 8 Pro is now available at 50 dealers nationwide