New Chery on the block: Tiggo 7 Pro has arrived in South Africa

The Chinese auto giant Chery is back and better! South Africa can officially welcome the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro to our roads.

Chery Motors South Africa is proud to introduce this slick new SUV that is an attractive package for the price. With an eye-catching exterior as well as interior, it handles well on different road surfaces offering a comfortable and relaxing drive.

Falling between the older Tiggo 4 and 8 models, the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is slightly larger than the Toyota Corolla Cross. Ryan De Villiers from Car Mag noted that, “The Chery nameplate has introduced itself as a stylish, well-appointed and competitively priced SUV competitor to established brands such as Volkswagen and Hyundai.” Justin Jacobs from IOL, points out that the Tiggo 7 feels like the bigger Tiggo 8 however, it looks muscular and somewhat sporty from the front.

The overall look, feel, design and performance has been praised by many South African motor enthusiasts, and with an impressive list of accolades, the Tiggo 7 Pro has managed to achieve great success in other countries. Tony Liu, executive deputy GM of Chery SA, describes as having “a similar buying profile, road network, and infrastructure as South Africa.” Peru, Chile, Brazil, Qatar, and a few others have nominated the Tiggo 7 Pro for a multitude of awards.

The starting price for this new competitive SUV is approximately R409 900 for the Distinction model and R444 900 for the top-spec Executive model.

For Chery, the new Tiggo 7 Pro encapsulates their vision to create an affordable yet robust and reliable passenger vehicle. All models are manufactured to cruise through life so you can focus on enjoying every moment of the ride. Whether it’s commuting to work, traveling through the suburbs, or taking the family out to the mountains for the weekend. The Tiggo 7 Pro hits the sweet spot for the average South African driver.

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Design & Features

Just based on looks, the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is a gorgeous and modern entrant in the consumer vehicle pageant. The Tiggo 7 Pro has seating for five and measure 4 500 mm in overall length with its wheelbase stretching 2 670 mm. The width is 1 842 mm and height 1 746 mm.

Inside, the interior mirrors are that of the Tiggo 8 Pro. It comes complete with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, the Audi-inspired eight-inch touchscreen climate control interface and the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice activation.

“Many of the features our SA customers have come to love will also be available on the Tiggo 7 Pro range,” says Tony Liu, Chery SA. “These include our omnidirectional airbag system, our 360-degree camera array for easy low-speed manoeuvring and parking, and our Chery voice command system.”

The LED high and low beams adopt a multi-cavity reflective matrix, simple and elegant, illuminating all.

The panoramic sunroof has a daylighting area of up to 1.13m², allowing users to enjoy the experience of looking up at the cosmos. One-touch ON/OFF/Warped; the glass anti-pinch design protects occupants from injury.

With five occupants, the tail space measures out 475L, In the case when rear seats recline, the tail space can reach 1500L.

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Spacious Trunk

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Power

The power is from a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 108kW and 210Nm. The motor is paired with a CVT gearbox with nine ‘steps’ that simulate traditional ratios. The BOSCH steel belt improves the transmission efficiency to 92.5% and saves 7% fuel.

With regards to the Comfort Chassis, the T1X platform has better headroom for front and rear seats, and higher ground clearance. The approach and departure angles also ensure better off-road performance.

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Safety Features

One of the key factors Chery has been praised and awarded for, is their focus on safety. All Chery Tiggo 7 Pro models feature ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS brakes on all four disk wheels with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. In addition, one will also find Emergency Brake Assistance, Hill Start Assistance and Hill Descent Control, as well as Rear Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection.

Chery Tiggo High Strength body

Taking a look on the inside, the vehicle deconstructed reveals:

  • Multiple blocks of Bentler ultra-high strength thermal forming steels.
  • Yield strength ≥1500Mpa.
  • The whole vehicle cover is made of galvanized steel plates.
  • The leading guard-ring type six airbags provide comprehensive and thoughtful protection.
  • Each tire carries a tire pressure sensor, which displays tire pressure and temperature on the instrument via wireless radio frequency signals, effectively avoiding accidents.

All Chery Tiggo 7 Pro models are sold with a five-year/60 000km service plan, five-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance programme, a five-year/150 000km general mechanical warranty, and a comprehensive 10-year/1-million-kilometre engine warranty with the original owner.

One of the only nerves Chery has hit with the average driver, is fuel consumption. With most of us keeping a hawk eye on the rise, drop and then rise again of fuel prices during this volatile economic climate, it’s hard to ignore the need for a responsible and realistic fuel consumption. Chery claims a fuel economy of 6.8-litre/100km, but the average motor reviewer ended their journey between 8l/100km and 10l/100km. Apart from that, majority of motor enthusiasts are really loving this comeback for Chery, and they are excited to see if Chery will manage to stay in the country for a long time.

To conclude, it’s up to the buyer to trust that Chery has improved their style, safety and overall quality during the last decade. And it’s good to know that Chery parts are available in South Africa.

For the average conservative South African buyer, it may take some extra convincing with a test drive or two to consider the difference in resale value, price, and quality when compared with more known vehicles such as: Ford Territory, Toyota Prado, Fortuner and Corolla Cross, or even the Haval Jolion.


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