Chery has launched the Tiggo 7 Pro in South Africa. The C-segment SUV slot between the Tiggo 4 Pro and the Tiggo 8 Pro – already on the right-hand drive market – and is available in a distinct and executive variant.
Underneath the bonnet of the South African Spec Tiggo 7 Pro is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. The Cherry-enhanced Ateco unit produces 147 PS at 5,500 rpm and 210 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT with nine virtual ratios.
Elsewhere, the mid-size SUV 197 PS and 290 Nm with a 1.6 liter turbo and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are available. There is also a 48-volt light hybrid version of the 1.5L engine.
Underpinned by Chery’s T1X platform, the Tiggo 7 Pro is 4,500 mm long and has a 2,670 mm wheelbase. It is the size of the companion Chinese SUV Geely Boyue / Proton X70, which is 4,519 mm long and has the same 2,670 mm wheelbase length. The five-seater boot holds up to 475 liters, or up to 1,500 liters, and the split folding back seat is down.
A little generic makes the Tiggo 7 Pro look handsome. The modern design looks nothing like the original Tigo sold in Malaysia – some may remember that the Cherry Aladdo was one of the first to use the second generation Toyota RAV4. The “Galaxy-Inspired Geometric Matrix Diamond” lacks contemporary design signals with mesh, thin LED headlamps and a hexagonal grille with T-shaped LED daytime running lights and fog light housing.
The black-out D-Pillar and Window Kink look similar to the X70, but below it is a prominent shoulder line crease and another that extends from the rear light to the rear door. Speaking of the rear lights, the Tiggo 7 Pro gets an in-trend full-width LED light bar with a Cherry Script logo. This logo style is used by Porsche, Proton and most recently, Lexus. The wheels are 18-inch alloy, and the top variants get red brake calipers.
Enter inside and you’ll find a beautiful looking and contemporary dashboard, although it looks a little familiar in place. Like the Tiggo 8 Pro, it has three screens, including a 7.0-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a reverse camera. Below is a flash monochrome screen for dual-zone air con (including N95 air filtering), which integrates touch panel buttons and a few physical switches.
The seats – a six-way driver for the driver, and a four-way driver in front of the executive – are covered in black synthetic leather with contrast stitching. As you would expect from a Chinese SUV, the voice command is ideal. With it, one can call the panoramic sunroof of climate control, one-touch electric window and executive variant. Wireless charging and selectable LED ambient lighting are also standard.
The Tiggo 7 Pro has a complete five-star Chinese New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) safety rating. All variants include ABS / EBD / BA, ESP, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The driver variant has been added to the executive variant (lane departure warning, front collision warning, autonomous emergency braking), a 360-degree around-view monitor and additional airbags for a total of six.
Last but not least, the title is jaw-dropping bit, one million km warranty. For those 10-year or 1m km warranty engines, while the general mechanical warranty is the more common five-year / 150,000km package. Cherry South Africa provides a five-year / 60,000km service plan and five-year unlimited mileage roadside assistance. What do you think about this warranty package? Good for the title or just good?
Priced at 409,900 rand for the Distinct variant of the Tiggo 7 Pro and 444,900 rand for the Top Executive. This is equivalent to RM112,936 and RM122,595 respectively.
It’s not random – we’re covering Cherry because the brand is coming to Malaysia this year and the Chinese carmaker has promised us a variety of SUVs including the Omoda 5 (B-segment, 1.6T, DCT), this Tiggo 7 Pro. And the Tiggo 8 Pro (the larger seven-seater version of the 7 Pro, 1.6T, DCT). There’s also the Tiggo 4 Pro, but the big question is can Chery pay the price that the compact SUV (and its other models) are cheap enough to compete with the national build. They just can’t get the car out, because the Perodua Ativa and Proton X SUVs are well made. Click on the links and tell us what you think of this new variety of Cherry SUVs.
Gallery: Cherry Tigo 7 Pro, South Africa Spec
Gallery: Cherry Tigo 7 Pro, studio photo