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Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Will Lead the PHEV Policy in Australia

Chery Motor Australia will soon unveil its first electric vehicle (EV), the Omoda E5, but the Chinese brand also hopes to venture into the plug-in hybrid space soon.

In conversation with CarExpertChery Australia chief operating officer Lucas Harris said the Chinese brand’s first foray into the PHEV market would likely come with an electrified version of the mid-size Tiggo 7 Pro – but the exact timing was yet to be confirmed.

“It seems to me that the Tiggo 7 plugin is probably an option [for Australia] earlier than Tiggo 8 [PHEV]said Mr. Harris.

“We’re still working with the factory on what that might look like.”

The Tiggo 7 Pro e+ shares its 240kW/545Nm plug-in hybrid powertrain with the larger Tiggo 8 Pro e+ and offers a claimed WLTC electric range of 80km with its 19.27kWh ternary lithium battery.

Both plug-in hybrid SUVs use a Direct Hybrid Transmission (DHT) with three physical gears and three engine operating points with an adjustable speed ratio.

Two electric motors, an engine control system and a transmission are integrated and combined with a “hybrid-specific” 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

For reference, the similarly sized Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid electric vehicle uses a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 94kW/199Nm combined with electric motors at the front (60kW/137Nm) and Rear axle (70 kW/195 Nm).

The Mitsubishi’s fuel consumption is quoted at 1.9L/100km on the combined test cycle, with an all-electric range of up to 55km with its 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery on the NEDC cycle.

Mr Harris has told it before CarExpert The Chinese brand believes it can succeed by removing key barriers such as price and supply.

“I think it’s hard to say that uptake hasn’t been good so far as the offerings have been quite expensive and limited in availability. I think our strategy on those two things would be very different,” Mr. Harris said in December.

“We would have a very convincing price-performance ratio and would not be limited to the offer. I think that in itself might be enough to help us, but of course we would be very clear to people about what purpose the vehicle would serve and how it can fit into their lifestyle.”

While Mr Harris has reiterated the brand’s focus on value, it is unclear what the Tiggo 7 Pro PHEV will be priced when it arrives in Australia.

The base petrol model is currently advertised at $36,990 on-road until June 30 (previously $39,990 per week), and the PHEV would have to come in at around the Eclipse Cross PHEV’s base price of $47,790 plus on-roads .

The larger Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV remains on the wishlist, but Mr Harris’ comments suggest it would arrive after its smaller counterpart.

The Tiggo 8 features the same turbocharged plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Tiggo 7 PHEV and, like its petrol equivalent, offers a seven-seat interior, making it a somewhat unique offering as only the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Kia Sorento PHEVs act as competitors with similar passenger transport capabilities.

Sales of plug-in hybrids are showing steady growth in Australia, although not yet close to the total volume of conventional hybrid vehicles and pure electric vehicles.

There have been 4726 new PHEVs registered in Australia so far in 2024 (to April 30), an increase of 135.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. In comparison, regular hybrids recorded 51,669 registrations and growth of 138.2 percent.

However, before starting its plug-in hybrid journey, Chery will launch the all-electric Omoda E5.

Effectively a battery-electric version of the existing Omoda 5, the Omoda E5 features a front-mounted 150kW/340Nm electric motor – making it the most powerful version of Chery’s small SUV on sale in Australia.

Chery says it offers a range of 430km on the stricter WLTP cycle and supports charging at up to 9.9kW on AC and 80kW on DC.

In China, the Omoda E5 will use a 61 kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery. Chery says it is also working to finalize vehicle-to-load capability for the Omoda E5 models delivered in Australia.

Stay tuned to CarExpert for the latest developments

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