Already announcing the upcoming arrival of the Omoda 5 and Tiggo 8 Pro, Chery has now confirmed that his mid-range SUV, the Tiggo 7 Pro, will be launched in Malaysia as planned. Together with the seven-seater Tiggo 8 Pro, this five-seater will create a two-pronged attack on the C-segment, this time targeting the Proton X70 and Honda CR-V.
The Tiggo 7 Pro occupies a fairly similar market share to the original Tiggo, which was sold here in 2007. The new model is a completely different animal, however, with a modern design, turbocharged engine and lots of technology – features including several driver aids.
On the outside, the angular design is characterized by a solid front fascia, sporting slim adapted LED headlights and a large chrome-framed hexagonal grille. Opening the Gaping Center includes the Pro family’s “Galaxy-inspired geometric matrix diamond” mesh, which incorporates chrome pins. T-shaped daytime running light and fog light assemblies can be found on both sides of the bumper.
Next, you’ll find X70-style glazed de-pillars and window line kinks, a fake front fender vent with a red T-shaped insert, a prominent shoulder line crease, and a prominent rear fender bulge extending to the rear door. Wheel options range from 17 to 19 inches in diameter, the latter filling the wheel arches quite well. An integrated tailgate spoiler (!) With full-width taillights, rear bumper-mounted number plate recesses and triple brake lights; There are even illuminated roof rails.
The design of the front continues inside, although it is not clear which interior we will find. The Tiggo 7 Pro originally came with a smooth horizontal dashboard with trapezoidal air vents, a 10.25-inch freestanding touchscreen, a 12.3-inch instrument display and a Land Rover-style climate control with touch-sensitive buttons and twin rotary dials.
In 2021, the Tiggo 7 Plus (shown in these images) was launched in China, which received a Mercedes-Benz-SQ widescreen display panel with a pair of 12.3-inch screens, full-width air vents and a new three-spoke steering wheel. We’ll have to wait and see which version of the Cherry Homologates for the right-hand-drive market.
Whatever we get, Tiggo 7 Pro should be widely used for class. In its home market, it includes remote engine start, power-adjustable front seat with driver side memory, “self-cleaning” dual-zone climate control with an ionizer and air quality sensor, a cloud-based infotainment system with karaoke mode, system, Over-the-air software updates, a panoramic sunroof and a Sony eight-speaker sound system.
For safety, the Tiggo 7 Pro is available with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane centering assistance, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, speed limit assistance, door opening warning, park assistance and automatic high beam. Six airbags are also offered as standard stability control.
The Tiggo 7 Pro has two engine options, both turbocharged four-cylinder units. The 1.5-liter version produces 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 230 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,000 rpm, which is sent to the front wheels via a CVT with nine virtual ratios.
The 1.6-liter direct-injected variant churns out a healthier 197 PS and 290 Nm (the latter from 2,000 rpm) and drives the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.8 liters per 100 km with 1.5 liter mill and 6.6 liters per 100 km with 1.6 liter TGDI; A 48-volt light hybrid system could also be added to the 1.5-liter version, with its figure dropping to 5.8 liters per 100 km.