In 2021, Chery will deliver a total of 961,926 vehicles, a year-on-year increase of 31.7%, setting a new record for a Chinese automaker. Equally impressive, the company exported 269,154 units last year, a 136.3% increase over 2020, enough to keep Chery as the number one passenger car exporter in China for 19 consecutive years.
The key to Chery’s export success is its “Pro” series of cars, which currently includes four SUVs – the Tiggo 2 Pro, Tiggo 4 Pro, Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro – as well as its sole sedan, the Arrizo 6 Pro. These models have been well received in several markets around the world, including Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
As Chery prepares to make a comeback in Malaysia, here’s a brief look at the Pro family and what to expect. Currently, the Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro have been confirmed in our market, and the Omada 5 is also part of them (more on the B-segment crossover from Chery’s new Omada lineup here).
Tiggo 7 Pro
As one of the three SUVs that Chery Malaysia has confirmed, the Tiggo 7 Pro is a C-segment SUV with five seats and will be equipped with Proton X70, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and other models. Peugeot 3008, Nissan X-Trail and Subaru Forester.
The Tiggo 7 Pro is available with two engine options, both turbocharged and four-cylinder. The first is a 1.5-litre unit rated at 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 230 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm, sending drive to the front wheels via a CVT with nine virtual ratios. The engine can also be paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to help improve fuel efficiency – 5.8L/100km instead of 6.8L/100km.
Another option is a 1.6-litre direct-injection mill with 197 PS and 290 Nm – peak torque comes immediately at 2,000 rpm. It is also front-wheel drive, but switched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the 1.6-liter engine has a fuel consumption of 6.6 liters/100 kilometers.
In its home market of China, the Tiggo 7 Pro comes with remote engine start, electrically adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, “self-cleaning” dual-zone climate control with ionizer and air quality sensor, cloud-based infotainment system with karaoke mode, voice control, over-the-air software updates, panoramic sunroof and Sony eight-speaker sound system.
There’s also a more premium version, called the Tiggo 7 Plus, which features a fancier interior with dual 12.3-inch screens, a redesigned bumper, and a slightly revamped interior. The infotainment system also runs on Chery’s Lion 4.0 operating system with Baidu CarLife and Apple CarPlay.
Not sure which version we’ll get, but both should come with plenty of safety suite to compete with the competition. The Tiggo 7 Pro specifically offers automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, speed limit assist, door opening warning, park assist, automatic high beams, six airbags and stability control.
Tiggo 8 Pro
If you need a bigger body and more seats, there’s the Tiggo 8 Pro, another SUV planned here. Its 2,710mm wheelbase is longer than the Tiggo 7 Pro’s 2,670mm, so it can fit two more seats for a total of seven seats.
Alternatives to dominate the D-segment include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-8, with the Hyundai Palisade and CX-9 also under consideration. Like the Tiggo 7 Pro, the Tiggo 8 Pro also comes with a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistance systems, while the list of other equipment is also competitive.
Depending on the market, Tiggo 8 Pro comes with matrix LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, power panoramic sunroof, 12.3-inch digital instrumentation, 10.25-inch infotainment display (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), wireless charging tray, dual-zone climate Controls and leather upholstery.
As for power, the seven-seater is powered by a 1.6-litre TGDI petrol engine – also shared with the Omoda 5 – producing 200 PS at 5,500 rpm and 290 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,400 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends drive to the front wheels. Other engines in the Acteco range include a 2.0-liter engine and a 1.5-liter mill with mild-hybrid technology.
According to Chery, the 500,000th Tiggo 8 Series rolled off the production line recently, becoming the fastest mass-produced model among Chinese brand mid-size and seven-seat SUVs.
Tiggo 4 Pro
The Tiggo 4 Pro is one of the SUVs mentioned when Chery first announced its return to Malaysia, and the B-segment SUV has been on our roads in the past (also known as the Tiggo 5x in China).
Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro also use the T1X platform, and Tiggo 4 Pro has no shortage of engine options. Depending on the market it’s sold in, there are two 1.5-liter engines (113 PS NA and 147 PS turbo in South Africa) and a 124 PS 2.0-liter, with either a five-speed manual or a CVT.
Referring to South African specification, the Tiggo 4 Pro comes with six airbags, the usual array of passive safety systems, keyless entry and engine start, cruise control, LED headlights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay of the infotainment touchscreen system.
Given that the Omada 5 will be Chery Malaysia’s B-segment SUV offering packed with more premium features, the Tiggo 4 Pro is likely to miss our market, although it could still be introduced to suit a more affordable price point.
Tiggo 2 Pro
For something smaller, we have the A-Class Tiggo 2 Pro (also known as the Tiggo 3x Plus), which is currently available in the Philippines and features a 1.5-liter NA four-cylinder engine with an output of 108 PS and 140 Nm, mated to a CVT nine a virtual speed. The entry-level Pro range is just 4,200mm long, 1,760mm wide, 1,570mm tall and has a 2,555mm wheelbase.
Still referring to the Philippine manual, the Tiggo 2 Pro comes with 16-inch wheels, automatic halogen headlights, LED DRLs, manual seats, cruise control, manual air conditioning, keyless entry and start, dual front airbags, 9-inch infotainment system with Apple Touchscreen for CarPlay and MirrorLink and 3.5-inch multi-information instrument cluster display.
Arrizo 6 Pro
Moving away from SUVs, the Arrizo 6 Pro competes with the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Mazda3 in the C-segment segment. Also known as the Arrizo 5 Plus, the Chery sedan is built on the M1X platform and features a CVT and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 147 PS and 210 Nm.
Like all other models mentioned, specs vary by market, Arrizo 6 Pro features matrix LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, six airbags, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.5-inch touchscreen infotainment, keyless Entry and start, 360-degree camera, automatic emergency braking and six airbags.
That’s all for a brief overview of Chery’s current Pro range of cars. As mentioned, the Tiggo 7 Pro, Tiggo 8 Pro and Omada 5 have been confirmed as our upcoming models, but are you looking forward to other Pro models as well?