A DEFINITE HEAD TURNER THAT PERFORMS WELL TOO
SPG Automobiles, the authorised distributor of Chery Automobiles has recently launched the Tiggo 8 Pro in Nepal. The seven-seater SUV is the flagship model of the company and is available in only one engine option and premium variant. Chery is a Chinese state-owned manufacturer founded in 1997 and it is the ninth largest automobile manufacturer in China. The Tiggo 8 Pro has been gaining popularity in South East Asian and African countries for the features and luxury it has to offer in its price range.
We were able to get our hands on the all new Tiggo 8 Pro. Let’s see what the SUV really has to offer for the price of Rs 99,50,000.
The Tiggo 8 Pro has quite a road presence with its big, bold and handsome look. On the front the SUV is featured with Chery’s new ‘Sunshine Galaxy’ grille and a brand logo in between. From a distance, the logo looks really similar to Infiniti’s logo. Lower down the bumper you will see air vents on both the sides and in the middle which comes with a radar sensor. You will also find chrome and silver elements on the facial giving it a premium touch. The SUV gets a sleek-looking full LED headlamp with DRLs. The shifting turn signals integrated into the headlamp made the Tiggo 8 Pro feel more luxurious.
From the side, the car looks quite muscular with flowing lines and curves. Chrome and silver elements are carried over to the sides as well. To give the vehicle a more rugged look and SUV like character, the car is featured with plastic claddings around it and the 18-inch wheels add up to its beefy look. On the rear, you will find split tail lamp units and between them there is a big ‘Chery’ branding. Lower down are two sporty looking exhaust tips and faux wind diffuser. The car is definitely a head turner while on the road.
Interior and Features
When you enter the Tiggo 8 Pro, the first thing that will catch your eye are the beautiful diamond patterned brown leatherette seats. The black and brown themed cabin feels really premium with high quality material and an upmarket finish. There are silver, chrome and piano black elements around the cabin. Buttons and switches feel topnotch. Inside the cabin, you can find three digital displays, two of which are touch sensitive. Right in front of the steering wheel, there is a 12.3 inch digital driver’s display with changing graphics according to the driving mode. On the centre of the dashboard, you will find a 10.25 inch touch screen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Right Below on the centre console, there is another touch screen to control the in-car temperature. If you are not fond of touch screen climate control, it can also be controlled by switches. To make your experience better at night, the car is featured with multi-color ambient light.
The front row seats are power operated whereas the second row of seats can be manually adjusted. The seats are designed with lumbar support which has thick wing tucking for the occupants providing great comfort. Getting into the third row of seats is also relatively easy; just pull the lever to tilt and slide the second-row seat. The third row also provides a good amount of knee and head room for even average sized people, especially when the second row of seats is moved slightly forward.
The SUV come equipped with plenty of features such as Panoramic Sunroof, Automatic Tailgate, Central Armrest Cooling Box, Wireless Charger, 360 Camera, Automatic Rain Sensing Wiper, Two-zone Automatic Climate Control, Sony 8 Speaker Sound System, Electric Exterior Mirror Heating, Voice Assistant and more.
Driving and Safety
The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine on the Tiggo 8 Pro produces maximum power of 194 hp and 290 Nm of torque. The 1598 cc 4-cylinder petrol engine is mated with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine feels well-tuned and the DCT transmission is quite responsive, and the gear shifts are seamless. You get three driving modes to select from: Eco, Normal and Sport. Eco gives the most mileage and Sport provides performance, while Normal sits in-between. You can feel the engine kicking in at around 2500 rpm. The company claims that the car can do 0-100 kph in 8.9 seconds which is quite impressive.
Suspension setup on the Tiggo 9 Pro is on the softer side. The car absorbs road bumps really well and the steering wheel feels light and nimble giving you a very relaxing and comfortable driving experience. The cabin feels well insulated as you won’t hear much of the engine and road noises while on the go.
Talking about safety, the car comes with six Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist System, Traction Control System (TSC), Hill Descend, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Lane Departure Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Brake Override System, Rear Radar and others.
The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has a lot to offer for its price. The car comes packed with lots of class leading features and an impressive engine. It is a great option if you are looking for a luxurious seven seater SUV at a reasonable price.