Chery Motor’s new distributor United Asia Automotive Group employed a promising strategy when they relaunched the brand last year: Chery in the Philippines would carry an all-SUV lineup, each dubbed the Tiggo. The timing couldn’t have been better, as SUVs have grown in popularity in all subsegments—from entry level subcompacts to large seven-seaters to premium models of all sizes.
To send off 2020 on a high note (something we all need), Chery has introduced the Tiggo 7 Pro, a premium version of the midsize Tiggo SUV. The Tiggo 7 Pro checks in at 4500mm long x 1824mm wide x 1746mm height. It features a long 2670mm wheelbase to maximize interior space. The Tiggo 7 Pro is a five-seat SUV with a large trunk space.
Powering the Tiggo 7 Pro is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. With the aid of turbocharging and dual variable-valve timing, the compact engine produces 146ps, and 210 Nm from just 1750 rpm. The engine is mated to a CVT, which sets the optimum ratio depending on whether more powerful acceleration or efficient cruising economy is needed. It is preset to engage 9 forward ratios.
The Tiggo 7 Pro showcases the brand’s new design concept, which has the theme Aesthetics. Indeed, the lines of the Tiggo 7 Pro are sleek and harmonious. The roof is now the de-riguer-for-SUVs ‘floating’ design, with blacked out front and rear pillars. There’s also the lightning-shaped chrome strip that underscores the side glass, matching well with the creases that run across the doors. Matrix LED headlamps flank the large hexagonal grille. The grille contains chrome highlights embedded around the Chery logo, a neat design feature. LED daytime running lights are mounted on the lower bumper. The LED taillamps span the width of the rear hatch, accentuating the Tiggo Pro 7’s width. The Tiggo 7 Pro’s design team was led by Britain’s Kevin Rice, who worked on Mazda MX-5 and BMW 1,3, and 4 Series.
Inside the Tiggo Pro 7 is a roomy interior that’s comfortable for five occupants. The instrument panel has a symmetrical design and is mounted low to enhance outside visiblity. Panels are double-stitched to add a premium touch. Up above is a panoramic sunroof that spans nearly the entire length of the roof. Seats are clad in full leather trim.
The Tiggo’s seating is configurable to increase cargo space as needed. Even with all seats up, there’s 475 liters of cargo space in the Tiggo’s long and wide rear. The rear seats can split-fold. With the rear seat down, the cargo space is 1500 liters.
In front of the driver is a tilt and telescope- adjusting steering wheel. The shifter is fully electronic, as usually seen on premium European and Japanese models. The gauges are on a large 12-inch LCD screen, which is capable also of displaying safety information such as tire pressure, and fuel efficiency. A second, 10.25-inch high-def LCD is mounted on the center. The touchscreen panel can link to one’s mobile phone via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link. There’s a third screen that controls the airconditioning. Speaking of phones, the Tiggo Pro 7 features a wireless charging pad.
Convenience and comfort featues abound in the Tiggo 7 Pro, such as the power tailgate, dual-zone automatic airconditioning, ambient lighting embedded in the dash, and 360-degree HD reverse camera. The car’s smart key can also turn on the engine and aircon, and open all windows. The Tiggo Pro 7’s N95-rated air filter helps to screen out harmful bacteria and viruses, especially important these days. The air purifier system gives the Tiggo Pro 7 a “rainforest-like” interior air quality.
On the road, the Tiggo Pro 7 rides comfortably and is supremely quiet. Chery credits numerous and thickened road-noise supressing material for this. Even the aircon compressor, cooling fan and fuel pump were engineered to reduce noise. Thanks to its compact gasoline engine in place of the usual heavy diesel block, and the elecric power steering, the SUV feels lighter on its tires than pickup-truck based SUVs. The large electronic displays allow for near-instant information updates, and easy control of secondary features.
Independent multi-link rear supension helps to keep the Tiggo Pro 7 well planted on the road, and forgiving of rough roads and bumps. 18-inch alloy wheels round out the chassis package. Safety features include ABS, EBD, ESP, brake assist, traction control, hill descent, and hill start assist.
Like the rest of the Chery lineup, the Tiggo Pro 7 is covered by the industry-first 10-year / 1 million km engine warranty and 5-year / 150,000 bumper-to-bumper warranty. It also includes a 3-year free preventive maintenance package, and 3-year free emergency roadside assistnace.
The feature-loaded Chery Tiggo 7 Pro comes it at just P1.238 million, a P70,000 premium over the Tiggo 7 Comfort, and will be available soon.
Chery Auto Philippines is giving the public an advance look at the all-new version of the Tiggo 7 compact crossover, now called the Tiggo 7 Pro, at the online auto show MIAS Wired, which ends on Sunday, December 20.
“We are excited to let MIAS Wired visitors get the first look at our all-new Chery Tiggo 7 Pro. With its luxury SUV styling and premium features, we expect it to be a gamechanger in the fast-growing compact crossover segment,” says Chery Auto Philippines President Rommel Sytin.