Chery has been aggressive these past couple of months. Not only are they bringing in more exciting designs, but they're also not stopping with the new car onslaught either. They've revealed two new crossovers, and one of them can give the Japanese establishment a good run for their money.
That new crossover is the Tiggo8 Plus, and it's a luxury version of the already loaded Tiggo8.
Chery didn't just add leather in the crossover and call it a day. They went as far as redesigning the front end to reflect its luxury ambitions. It now looks sleeker and more aggressive than the standard model, and the slim headlights and angular corners show that this is no ordinary Tiggo8.
Other changes? There's brushed chrome finishes throughout the vehicle's body, along with a new set of rims to make it look more upmarket. Chery also changed the look of the tailgate. The taillights get a unique look, and the license plate holder is now on the door rather than the bumper. Because of that, the rear bumper of the Tiggo8 is also different from the standard model.
Now for the interior and the seats are trimmed in a light shade of brown. Also, the gear selector is now an electro-mechanical unit, instead of a purely mechanical lever. With luxury in mind, rear passengers can even adjust the front passenger seats from the back for extra legroom.
Chery went all out with the screens, too. Gone is the hooded digital instrument cluster. In its place is a floating screen that is merged with the infotainment system. The climate control screen comes with new graphics to show its ventilated seats in high-resolution. Sound is channeled through a Sony hi-fi audio system.
As for the engine, it's more powerful than the Tiggo8 we have sitting in the showroom at the moment. Instead of a 1.5-liter turbo, the Plus version has a 1.6-liter turbo. It's good for 197 PS and 290 Nm of torque. Those numbers are significantly higher than the standard variant, which has 145 PS and 210 Nm of torque.
Will the Tiggo8 Plus make it to the Philippines? If the Tiggo8 sells well enough locally, there might be a chance. After all, who wouldn't want a plush crossover with almost 200 PS here? If they price it right, it might be a hit, too.