The Power of Plugging In—The Chery Tiggo 8 PRO Plug-In Hybrid EV (PHEV)

With electrification rapidly being embraced by the motoring public, Chery is taking the upmarket yet practical approach of offering a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle as its flagship model in the Tiggo 8 PRO PHEV.   

If hybrids are the ideal middle ground between internal combustion engines and full-electric cars, plug-in hybrids are the ideal middle ground between self-charging hybrids and full-electric vehicles. 

Why is that? Plug-in hybrids enable much longer driving distance on pure electric mode compared to self-charging hybrids while still offering the ease and range anxiety-free ability to fuel up at any gasoline station which isn’t possible with a pure-electric vehicle.    

Photos by Manny de los Reyes

The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV is the ideal vehicle for the fast-growing segment of buyers who appreciate value but desire more luxury and premium features in a 7-seater midsize SUV. It has all the features and performance of a German-made luxury SUV—but minus the luxury car price tag—plus it’s a plug-in hybrid! 

Phenomenal fuel efficiency and performance are courtesy of a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Euro V-compliant petrol engine working hand in hand with powerful twin electric motors and a state-of-the-art 19.27 kWh hybrid battery, the powertrain coupled to a special hybrid gearbox. The Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV sets new benchmarks in world-class fuel-efficient hybrid motoring (as little as 1 liter of fuel consumed in up to 100 kilometers of driving).

The petrol engine and electric motor produce a combined 320 hp and a stunning 545 Nm of torque, allowing the Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just under 5 seconds. It can drive up to 95 kilometers in pure electric mode and its charging time is as short as 3 hours.     

The Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV boasts cutting-edge Advance Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) with 12 functions for unparalleled safety, namely: Blind Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Door Opening Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist, Integrated Cruise Assist, Intelligent High-Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Speed Limit Sign Recognition. It also has Intelligent Voice Command, Smart Power Tailgate, Ventilated Front Seats, and Wireless Mobile Charger.  

Over and above the 12 ADAS features is the Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV’s extensive suite of safety features including Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System, Hill Assist Control, Hill Descent Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and ISOFIX child-seat tethers, among many others. The Tiggo 8 PRO also has a Brake Override System, which automatically overrides the throttle when the gas and brake pedals are accidentally depressed at the same time. 

The Tiggo 8 Pro’s finely crafted, leather-covered cabin reflects the same upscale style and premium build quality and features expressed by the elegant European-inspired exterior. A luxurious soft-touch dashboard and classy diamond stitching on the seats are reminiscent of those found in British luxury cars, while an expansive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-enabled 12.3-inch Sony infotainment system (with 8 speakers and 3 USB ports) and a fully digital 7-inch instrument cluster elevate Chery’s flagship to the top levels of infotainment and connectivity.   

Charging the Chery Tiggo 8 PRO PHEV at SM Megamall’s EV charging station. The author drove in with 50% charge and drove out 2 hours later with 75% battery power. It’s like getting free 1/4 tank of gas after just two hours of parking. A 4-hour mall visit would’ve fully charged the vehicle.

Facing the driver is a plush leather steering wheel, which has a flat bottom to maximize legroom as well as multiple buttons and switches to control infotainment functions and cruise control. 6-way power-adjustable front seats (with the aforementioned ventilation) give supreme comfort on long drives. Programmable multi-color ambient lighting enhances the mood in the cabin while the panoramic power sunroof allows a breathtaking view of the sky and the stars. There is a very high-tech-looking (but very easy to use) digital touch panel to control the AC system, further underscoring the luxury car feel. Other premium Tiggo 8 PRO features include a push-button electronic parking brake and a rear camera with front and rear proximity sensors.  

The Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV is even more irresistible with the brand’s industry-leading CHERY Premium Preserv consisting of a 10-year/1 million-km engine warranty, a 5-year/150,000-km general vehicle warranty, FREE 3 years preventive maintenance service (PMS), and FREE 3 years roadside assistance. 

The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV has a retail price of PHP2,698,000. 

For more info, follow Chery Auto Philippines on social media: Chery Auto Philippines (Facebook) and @cheryautophilippines (Instagram). You may also call the 24/7 Chery Auto Philippines hotline at (0917) 552 4379 or email [email protected] for more inquiries.

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