It’s the rainy season yet again and the flood that goes with it give a lot of motorists so much stress on day-to-day driving. Not only does it slow traffic, sometimes to a painful crawl, but it can also cause floods.
If you’re still driving a sedan or hatchback, it’s high time to switch to a taller and yet easy-to-drive vehicle—the crossover. You get more height, which gives you more space inside. More importantly, you get more ground clearance, which gives you the capability to drive over rough roads and yes, floods.
It is one of the reasons why Filipinos are switching to SUVs or crossovers. And there is one brand that is packed with features, but maintains a price positioning that is surprisingly affordable: Chery.
The most reachable model is the P 695,000 Tiggo 2 that boasts a generous 186 mm of ground clearance. That’s 3 to 4 inches more than the ground clearance of a typical hatchback or small sedan. Not only will the extra height allow the vehicle to traverse floodwaters with ease and without the water entering the cabin, but it also enables the engine to sit higher above the water—which in turn makes the vehicle more capable of crossing a flooded stretch without the engine stalling.
The Tiggo’s high ride height and bigger windows also grant better outward vision—something that can be crucial when driving in heavy rain or fog with limited clarity. And make driving on long road trips that much more pleasurable.
Aside from the high ground clearance, Chery also designed the Tiggo lineup for crossing higher levels of water with a wading depth measuring up to 600 mm. This safety feature enables the car to safely brave through floods and potholes in the Philippines’ unpredictable roads.
The package is then rounded out by its industry-leading 10-year/one million-kilometer powertrain warranty on top of a 5-Year bumper-to-bumper warranty, and 3-year roadside assistance. Each Chery vehicle also comes with a a 3-year free Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) too.