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Enjoy going First Class with Chery’s Tiggo 8 Pro

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2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SA

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The launch of the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro into the South African auto market by a relative newcomer to the tip of Africa has so far been appreciated as a competent ”budget buy” in the South African auto market.

The Corner reckons things are about change with the arrival of this well-specced, good-looking, stranger from China. Here’s what it’s all about…

”Gone are the days of quoting a list price that excludes all but the most basic accessories,” Chery SA says. ”We’ve taken a full set of luxuries as a starting point and built on from there. When it comes to this the flagship model we believe it is First Class all the way.

Tony Liu, deputy general manager of Chery South Africa, told The Corner in a media release: “While planning the SA introduction we weren’t afraid to use the analogy of first-class travel. Every need is satisfied – no no hidden costs, no surprise bills, luxury is a given.

2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SA

“The cars have been created from design, through seating, to performance. We invite customers to enjoy their First Class

SA FIRST IN LINE FOR LUXURY TIGGO

”South Africa is the first right-hand drive country to get the cars – their arrival comes soon after its debut in prome markets such as South America, Russia, and the Middle East.”

”The Tiggo 8 Pro has been selling for some months in Russia and is already one of the best-selling luxury SUVs there. It’s been selected as Most Technological SUV and Most Popular Medium-sized SUV in that country’s 2021 ‘SUV of the Year’ awards.

2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SA

“Feedback has been positive in South Africa from our customers and the media in South Africa and the inclusion of the Tiggo 4 Pro in the SA Car of the Year competition was a good sign that Chery’s Tiggo Pro range will reach the same heights in South Africa as it has done elsewhere in the world.”

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The Tiggo 8 Pro is said to show clearly the genes of theTiggo 4 Pro, the first vehicle to demonstrate Chery’s next-generation design which mixes bionics and aesthetics to create a vehicle that has a fluid design that hides its size, while maintaining a striking presence.

2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SAImage: Chery SA

”This design is also intended to incorporate the human and technological elements into one – as show by the luxurious interior.”

The nose, Chery says, is striking! ”The three-dimensional grille was inspired by the stars and galaxies – tasteful chromed ‘stars’ in a black sky – toaccentuate its design and depth. Two fully automatic matrix-diode headlights and daytime running lights are said to be ”at the heart of the vehicle’s striking visual signature and standard in all Tiggo 8 Pro vehicles”.

‘SUBTLE SATIN CHROME’, GLASS SUNROOF

More chromed detail appears along a continuous line – front–to-rear. More satin chrome decorates the lower air-intake (it’s strong enough to be a strike plate! – foul-weather lights, radiator grille, windows, and lower parts of the doors.

2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SA

”Add to these two load-bearing continuous chromed roof-rails and a glass sunroof,” Chery says, (Executive model) and it is clearly a first-class SUV.”

Chery sees the overall design – add diode tail lights, dual tail foul-weather and diode rear lights, a high-mounted central braking light, illuminated sills and 18” alloy wheel rims ”and we have a winner”.

Major driving controls have been digitised on three screens – the main one a 30cm high-resolution info screen which can dapt to a driver’s needs by also showing much of the infotainment and phone information.

A second, 20cm, screen runs the cabin’s fully-auto aircon, air-filtering;;. It is worth noting that the climate control system is fully automatic, dual-zone, and includes a third air-con system for the rearmost two seats.

2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SA

Cetral on the control panelss is an infotainment system – a large HD multimedia unit for audio controls, cellphone connection, tail-camera display. All 8 Pro units include wireless charging, intelligent voice control and crisp audio through an eight-speaker Sony system.

‘FIRST-CLASS SPACE AND LUXURY’

Each of the seats in the 2-3-2 combination are upholstered with black leather on the Distinctive model; Exec units get diamond-patterned black or brown leather. The driving seat has six-way electric adjustment – added to the front passenger seat in the Exec units.

Rear-most seats can fold flat in a 60:40 configuration – hence the image of the bicycle in the ”boot” – and are adjacent to a 12V charging port in front and a coat rack and armrest in the rear.

NO COMPROMISE ON CRASH PROTECTION

The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has six a crash-mitigation bags as standard across the range, each omnidirectional and designed for maximum cushioning of all occupants. Chery calls this innovation its ‘Guard Ring’.

Also standard across the range is a list of crash avoidance features usually expected in far more expensive SUVs: traction control, anti-roll control, anti-lock brakes with electronic pressure distribution, emergency braking pressure, and IsoFix childseat anchors.

LEATHER AND LUXURY: Image: Supplied

Parking distance control for those tight situations is supported by a rear-view camera, and a 360-degree view for parking from cameras nose, rear and sides of the vehicle.

The Tiggo 8 Pro further has auto-locking, remote locking, auto window-closing, tyre- pressure monitoring, hill assist and ascent control, anti-theft alarm, keyless entry and push-button start.

There’s even more stuff if a buyer opts for the Executive model from a ”comprehensive”, safety package that uses complex sensors for lane departure warning, auto cruise-control, auto emergency braking, roadsign recognition, auto headlights dipping, blind-spot monitors and an ”door open” warning.

BUT WHAT DRIVES ALL THIS AUTOMATION?

The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, its maker says, has one of Chery’s award-winning 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engines with direct injection that was, the automaker says, lauded in China for its high-tech design and ”previously unheard-of” efficiency.

2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SA

As fitted to the Tiggo 8 Pro, the 1.6 TGDI delivers maximum power of 145kW at 5500rpm and 290Nm from 2000-4400 rpm to spin a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission directed to the front wheels.

The power is directed along the road with electric power steering system in Standard, Eco, and Sport modes.

MILLION-KAYS ENGINE WARRANTY FOR FIRST BUYER

The Tiggo 8 Pro will join the smaller Tiggo 4 Pro in having a comprehensive 10-year or MILLION km engine warranty. Amazing – but hardly of value as that will apply only to the first owner of the car.

However, a five-year or150 000km general warranty is standard, along with a five-year roadside assistance plan and a five-year or 60 000km service plan.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

2022 Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Distinctive – R496 900

2022 Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Executive – R546 900

2022 TIGGO 8 PRO: Image: Chery SA

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