It has been less than a year since the explosive launch of the sub-compact Chery Tiggo 4 Pro and while its reception has been astonishing, Chery fans have asked for specific upgrades. Ever nimble Chery South Africa has listened and made significant upgrades to the range.
The 2022 Chery Tiggo 4 Pro models see noticeable upgrades to the Urban, Comfort and Elite SE trim levels, including several luxury and safety features.
The entry-level Urban and Comfort models increased their airbags from two to six and added a new-generation seatbelt tensioner in the front. An onboard tyre-pressure monitor is now also standard.
The cloth upholstery in these two models has been replaced with synthetic vegan leather and the driver’s seat can now be adjusted six ways manually. The 10.25-inch touch-screen gets voice command as well. When you press the remote locking button a bit longer, it will close any open windows.
The top trim Tiggo 4 Pro – Elite SE still has all the luxury features as before but adds the full array of Advanced Driver Assist Systems usually only found in more upmarket European markets.
These include radar guidance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Keeping. It also has a 360-degree around-view camera for better parking and greater safety.
The Urban and Comfort is still powered by the naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol that gives you 85kW and 141 Nm. The Urban has a five-speed manual, while the Comfort gives you CVT comfort.
The top-range Elite and Elite SE have turbo versions of the same engine, giving you 108kW and 210 Nm, and you can choose a six-speed manual or CVT.
The prices for the Tiggo 4 Pro have gone up a bit to accommodate the upgrades and inflation, but since these came off a surprisingly low base, this Chery is still the best value for money in its class in South Africa.
Why not look at the full range and arrange a test drive of the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro while you are here? This is the car you have to consider before you buy anything.
*Pricing correct as at October 2022
Posted by Group1 Chery on 04 Oct 2022
Chery has formally entered the South African market with the brilliant Chery Tiggo SUVs and they have been selling like hot cakes. Yet, each of the three cars – the Tiggo 4 Pro, 7 Pro and 8 Pro are clearly different cars aimed at different buyers. We spoke to a few buyers to find out why they chose the particular Tiggo they bought.
This is just a quick sample of buyers, and for each of these cars, there were buyers who bought them for different reasons. For example, we feature a mother of three, a homemaker with a part-time job, who bought the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, but there were young professionals who wanted a sharp-looking, full-features compact SUV and even a couple of retirees among those we interviewed.
Lindi is a homemaker with three children in primary school and the school and sports runs take up the major part of her day. She also has a part-time job making and selling pottery to retail outlets in her area.
Her primary reason for buying the Tiggo 4 Pro was safety. “I am constantly driving from here to there with my kids and their friends, and I want them to be safe. I like the idea that my Tiggo is made from super safe steel that can deal with any accident, and the fact that it has all these airbags and anti-skid brakes and so on.”
She also likes the CVT which means she can just drive and not worry about changing gears, as well as the car’s compact size which makes it easy to park. The Tiggo 4’s surprisingly large boot also allows her to pack her bulky pottery for deliveries to her customers.
Shane is a young IT professional, single, likes to party and hang out with friends. He chose the Tiggo 7 because it is ‘such a hot looking car’ and his friends prefer to go in his car when they go out.
The Tiggo 7 is also a very professional-looking car – client look at your ride when you visit and the 7 certainly impresses them.Shane bought the Executive trim Tiggo 7, because he loves the powered panoramic sunroof, a massive 1.13m2 one-touch on-off view of the sky. Because he works with technology, he also loves the multiple screens, 360-degree camera, voice command system, infotainment system, handsfree Bluetooth, 6-speakers sound system and wireless charging.
Vusi is an entrepreneur and CEO of a small but growing company, a family man who loves going on getaways.
The Tiggo 8 Pro looks big and smart enough to compete with even the fanciest of the top-end SUVs on the market, yet it was in a price bracket that suited Vusi’s budget admirably.
The seven seats and huge boot allow him to take his wife, kids and a couple of their friends, as well as all the luggage they need, to weekend getaways in comfort, style and perfect safety. The impressive infotainment also takes the ‘are we there yet?’ out of even the longest trips.
Which Chery Tiggo one suits you and what you do best?
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Posted by Group1 Chery on 13 Jul 2022
There are a couple of things that used to be that are no more. This is simply and effectively demonstrated by the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro.
We all know Chery’s rather underwhelming history when odd models were bought in by an independent dealer, and then the brand sort of faded away. That is over and Chery South Africa is a fully funded and supported professional operation run by the Chinese parent company, with showrooms, workshops and parts suppliers all over South Africa.
The second thing that is no more is that you get what you pay for when you buy a budget car. The Tiggo 4 Pro is a compact SUV, with the base model starting at a budget level of R274 900. So a poky little thing free of features and luxury touches, right? Plastic seats and wind-down windows in the back kind of thing? Nope.
A picture is worth a thousand words. So look at it. A good-looking car, right?
The Tiggo 4 Pro certainly stretches the concept of the compact SUV. At 4.318m long, 1.831m wide, with a ground clearance of 180mm and a 1939L boot it sits well on the outer limits of the CUV.
The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro comes in five trim levels, so the specs below will be model dependent. For example, you could get either 16” or 17” alloy wheels.
There is a power sunroof, roof rails, automatic headlights, follow-me-home headlight function, LED centre high mounted stop light and LED DRL, among other things.
Yet again model dependent, but look for cruise control, leather steering wheel, 3.5 or 7-inch TFT cluster, front 12V power, USB ports front and rear, aircon, leather seats, Bluetooth handsfree, Apple/Android and intelligent voice control.
The Tiggo 4 Pro is built on a six-dimensional beam platform, meaning over two-thirds of the frame is high-strength steel, giving you unrivalled crash protection.
Model depend, you also get front airbags, front side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX, ABS and EBD, emergency brake assist, electronic stability, traction control, roll stability, power steering, hill and downhill assist, rear parking guide with a camera, carlock and remote window close.
The Tiggo 4 Pro comes with two engine options. There is a 1.5-L naturally aspirated petrol with 83kW and 138 Nm, and a 1.5-L turbo petrol with 108kW and 210 Nm. Both options come with a manual transmission or CVT.
The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro gives you more peace of mind than any other similar model. Aside from the 5-year/60 000 service plan, the 5-year/unlimited km roadside assistance, and the 5-year/150 000km warranty, it also gives you an engine warranty of 1 000 000km/10-years. That’s right, no typo here. One million kilometres.
On paper the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro offers a whole lot at a very good price! But you have to drive it to really get the full experience, so book a test drive today.
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The automotive world is forever changing with new vehicles from various manufacturers entering the market. Few have seen as much hype as Chery cars which seem to be enjoying some time in the limelight of late.
Chinese automakers are becoming increasingly popular around the world with the likes of Chery leading from the front. Over the last few years, the brand has made significant strides in improving the quality of vehicles and real innovation with battery technology for electric vehicles.
After a few successful years, Chery has become a mass-market, high-volume brand but how did it get there? Here is a quick look at the history behind the brand and how it grew into one of the leading budget car manufacturers.
Chery Automobiles Co., Ltd. was founded in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhu, Anhui province, as a state-owned corporation in the mid-1990s. It was subsequently purchased by its present owner, Beijing Chery Auto Development (Group) Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Jining City, Shandong Province.
Zhan Xialai, an aide to the mayor of Wuhu, and Zhou Biren, a manager at a government-owned building supplies firm, formed the company’s initial management team. They recognized that establishing a vehicle company may be a means to alleviate poverty in Anhui by generating income and therefore driving wider economic development.
Chery has a wide range of vehicles in their lineup which is marketed under several brand names including Karry, Rely, and Riich. The company also has a joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover to produce vehicles for the Chinese market.
Manufacturing of the first Chery car started in 1999 with mass production commencing a year later in 2000. However, before producing any Chery cars, they had to procure and organise factories, tooling, a supply chain and other production equipment.
Biren flew to the UK in 1996 to buy engine manufacturing equipment that Ford had discarded. They also picked up tooling from Seat, Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary since the discontinuation of the Toledo. The construction of Chery’s factory started early in 1997 with the first Chery cars rolling off the production line at the end of 1999.
The first of many Chery cars was the Fengyun, which roughly translates to ‘wind cloud’. It was almost identical in design to the Toledo but it used various Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen components underneath. With revisions under the Amulet and Cowin names, Chery cars delivered a more distinct look. At this point, it seemed Chery was a car manufacturer through and through but the new company had forgotten about acquiring the relevant approvals and permits to sell its vehicles.
Since they lacked a government licence to manufacture cars, Chery was briefly under the SAIC Motor umbrella to receive its licence before becoming independent once more. In 2001 they could finally sell the Fengyun sedan which yielded a production of 28,000 for the year.
Chery continued to expand its range with low-cost models such as the Chery QQ. By 2007, Chery had grown into a local conglomerate with around 25,000 employees and vehicle sales exceeding 400,000 units. This included exports of 110,000 cars to emerging markets such as Russia, the Middle East and Latin America.
Chery’s sales were just 3,655 vehicles in 2003 but by 2009 they had risen to 467,000 vehicles. This made them the 26th largest automaker in the world and the fifth-largest in China. In 2010 they produced their millionth vehicle and by 2012 they were the 10th largest automaker in the world.
The company claims to have sold more than 960,000 vehicles during 2021 with almost 270,000 Chery cars exported to Brazil, Russia, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Malaysia marking a 30% increase year-on-year. Chery only achieved this rapid growth by combining low-cost vehicles with a wide range of models along with expanding its international footprint.
The company has R&D offices across the world, including Germany, the United States, and Brazil, with a staff of 5500 people solely focused on R&D.
Today, Chery cars are sold in more than 80 countries and they’ve established several joint ventures in different markets including Malaysia, Iran, and Egypt. This includes established partnerships with several globally recognised brands such as Huawei and Alibaba.
However, the most notable is the 50:50 joint venture between Chery and Jaguar Land Rover. At a facility located in Changshu, they produce the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-Pace, and extended-length variants of the Jaguar XE and XF known as the XEL and XFL for the domestic market.
Despite impressive results globally, Chery wanted to get into the Australian market which many people regard as the stepping stone into Europe and America. With stringent regulations, strong competition, an established sales channel and mature customer expectations, it’s easy to see why Chery launched in Australia in 2011. They believed this could be a proving ground for the brand and launched the J11 small SUV and the J1 light hatch, quickly followed up by a larger J3 hatchback.
Since Chery is known as a budget brand, they focused on price without any real emphasis on safety. As such, the J1 was known as being one of Australia’s cheapest cars for just $9,990 followed by the J3 and J11. While they undercut competitors by some margin, they paid the price for compromising on safety and quality with the J1 being discontinued. It did not meet regulations that mandated stability control while other models had poor ANCAP test ratings. In 2015, Chery cars left Australia after selling just over 4,600 units.
The majority of Chery’s current model range is comprised of SUVs, including the Tiggo 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 (in ascending order of size), as well as restyled more upmarket “Pro” versions. In certain countries, the brand also offers the Arrizo 6 sedan.
Chery says that under its ‘Lion’ plan, all recently introduced models have been launched, signifying the company’s devotion to “Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Cloud, Intelligent Production, Intelligent Digital Marketing and Intelligent Travel.”
Chery recently revealed a new ‘Omoda’ sub-brand which is essentially a representation of the next generation of Chery cars. If they plan on returning to Australia, chances are good the relaunch would likely be spearheaded by the new OMODA 5 medium SUV.
As for the South African market, the design, quality and feature lists on the available Chery cars are something to behold. While Chery is still more affordable than most brands, they are no longer solely focusing on price. Instead, Chery cars of today are of higher quality and with enhanced safety features across the board.
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Posted by Group1 Chery on 12 Apr 2022
The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has just launched in South Africa to great acclaim. Our motoring media has been enthusiastic, to say the least, about this exceptionally well-appointed and competitively-priced 7-seater SUV. It’s not like we are not used to the best of the best in motoring, but let’s look at how this Tiggo has been received in other markets.
The 8 Pro range was launched in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East in June last year and sales have rocketed. It has already won several media awards in Saudi.
The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro 1.6 TGDI turbo-petrol with seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission won the annual best-in-class trophy. It was also awarded the 2021 SUV with Best Advanced Technology by both Saudi Auto and Sport Motor magazines – a rare double award!
According to the judges, the Tiggo 8 Pro’s unique combination of ultra-modern technology and real-world affordability has made this Chery the natural choice. They specifically noted the TGDI engine, which was a Top 10 China Heart engine for its efficiency and power delivery, the smart LED crystal light technology, the multi-screen infotainment systems and the designer leather seats in its list of highlights. The ultra-quiet 34-decibel interior noise level at speed was also deemed best in class.
In fact, the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has been launched all over the world by now and has won awards in every market it entered. So what about South Africa?
The Tiggo 8 Pro was launched outside the period of eligibility for this year’s SA Car of the Year competition, but its sibling Tiggo 4 Pro was and is now a finalist in the current competition. Chery South Africa fully expects the Tiggo 8 Pro to feature in next year’s competition.
When Chery launched the Tiggo 8 range in South Africa, it really threw down the gauntlet in the SUV segment. Instead of launching a price-point base model with only the most basic features, this Chery takes a full set of luxuries as its foundation and builds on that for its next trim level.
The base model starts at R496,900* and you will get a comprehensive suite of luxury and safety features as standard. These include six airbags, leather upholstery, round-view cameras, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, and the list goes on.
As with the Tiggo 4 Pro, the 8 Pro comes with the mind-bending 1-million kilometre mechanical warranty. The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has been declared a winner around the world and here in South Africa. Why not see for yourself why this car is creating such a buzz – book a test drive today.
*Pricing is correct at the time of writing.
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