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2021 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: And The Hits Just Keep On Coming!

Despite the pandemic situation in 2020, we got to test drive the entire crossover/sport utility vehicle (SUV) model line-up of Chery Philippines. We were quite impressed with all the models, starting with the entry-level Tiggo 2 subcompact crossover vehicle, to the more-upmarket Tiggo 5X Lux compact SUV, to the fully-equipped Tiggo 7, and up to the top-of-the-line Tiggo 8. After having sampled, driven and enjoyed all four models, we felt that the rejuvenated Chinese car brand, which was relaunched in 2019, is on the way to a more successful stint in our local car market.

Chery Philippines’ model line-up: (Top row) Tiggo 2 and 5X Lux; (Bottom) Tiggo 7 and 8.

Chery Philippines surprised us further by coming out with the Arrizo 5E EV, their fully-electric vehicle that has an incredible driving range of around 350 kilometers on a single full charge. Even though we were not able to fully explore the capabilities of the 4-door Chinese electric sedan since we were only given a limited time for the test drive, nevertheless, we were able to get a peek into Chery Motors’ concern for the environment and we foresee a profitable and sustainable future for the brand.

The Chery Arrizo 5E EV impressed us with its 350-kilometer range on a single full charge.

More Pleasant Surprises in Store

Just when we thought that our good friends at Chery Philippines were taking a much-needed breather after successfully launching these five impressive models, they surprised us yet again with a bolder, more aggressive model, the new 2021 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro. More than just a reskinned Tiggo 7, the new model offers a variety of features that enhance the comfort, convenience and enjoyment of driving. Chery kept the best characteristics of the Tiggo 7, tweaked it up a notch, and added more luxury and power to earn the “Pro” moniker.

Kidding aside, we can actually get lost gazing at that unique 3D-like front grille.

One look at that massive front grille with its strong and dynamic 3D-like design, you can already get the impression that the Tiggo 7 Pro is a more distinct and far more luxurious model. The multi-cavity reflective headlight is claimed to be three times more efficient than a comparative regular halogen headlamp. It also stays on for around 30 seconds to illuminate your path after you get off the vehicle at night. Chery labels it as the “Follow Me Home” function. We think it’s a great idea.

Tiggo 7 Pro’s front end is strong and aggressive with that unique grille and matrix LED headlights.

Hidden Message, Err… Engine

Like the Tiggo 7, the Pro is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 145 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. However, a quick peek under the hood revealed that the factory hid the engine underneath a lot of plastic to provide additional sound deadening so only a whisper of engine noise permeates into the passenger compartment. We can only guess that the massive plastic cover is the factory’s subliminal message that their vehicles are now reliable and trouble-free, especially with their 10-year, 1,000,000-kilometer powertrain warranty.

Duh! Where’s the engine?!

Oh, hello. So that’s where the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-banger is!

The turbo-4 of the Tiggo 7 Pro was tweaked to produce more torque – 210 Newton-meters between 1,750 and 4,400 rpm to be precise – which is 9 Nm more than the Tiggo 7 to provide brisker acceleration. A 9-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) and four-wheel disc brakes make this 1,465-kilogram compact crossover go faster, sip less fuel, and stop quicker while McPherson front struts, independent multilink rear suspension, and the T1X Comfort Chassis, which was based on shared Jaguar Land Rover technology, conspire to make the ride smoother and the handling sharper.

Underneath the Tiggo 7 Pro is a T1X Comfort Chassis platform shared with Jaguar Land Rover.

10-spoke alloy wheels shod in 225/60R18 Yokohama Avid GT tires connect this Chery to the ground.

Luxury, Convenience, and Security in Mind

To start with (pardon the pun), the Tiggo 7 Pro’s intelligent Keyless Entry system with Remote Start not only locks and unlocks the doors, it also opens and closes the windows, starts the engine, and turns the aircon on – all with just the use of the remote key. In fact, you don’t even need to reach for anything. The doors unlock and the side mirrors fold out automatically when you come near the vehicle with the key in your pocket or purse. The reverse automatically happens when you walk away. It’s just simply convenient!

The Tiggo 7 Pro welcomes you as you approach by unlocking the doors and folding the side mirrors out…

… to usher you into its comfortable 3-tone leather interior and beckon you to go for a drive.

Chery designers did their homework with the interior. In front, there are two well-bolstered power seats clothed in double-stitched soft leather with electronic lumbar support adjustment for the driver’s seat. A 7-inch multifunction digital instrument cluster is situated behind a 4-spoke D-shaped steering wheel with control buttons that controls the infotainment system monitored thru a 10.25-inch true-color touchscreen. The 8-inch climate control touchscreen, electronic gear shifter, electronic parking brake, and wireless mobile phone charger reside on a “floating” center console that has a blue-lighted bin below. Every detail of the interior was designed to flaunt the modern technology lurking underneath the Tiggo 7 Pro’s skin.

A 7-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch Infotainment display monitor, and 8-inch touchscreen for the climate control system transport the driver into the future.

USB ports and an additional bin to keep valuable knick-knacks reside below the “floating” center console that has a wireless charging pad for mobile phones.

Room With A View (And Safety, Too)

Like the Tiggo 7, the piece de resistance of the Tiggo 7 Pro is its huge panoramic sunroof that provides all the occupants adequate sunlight and a view of the heavens. Rear seat passengers are treated to a comfortable bench seat with ample head-, shoulder- and legroom, and a rear aircon vent for their cooling comfort. In keeping with today’s safety standards, there are ISOFIX mounting points for child seats and bolsters, six airbags, and a myriad of safety features such as ABS (Anti-lock Brake System), EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), BOS (Brake Override System), BAS (Brake Assist System), HDC (Hill Decent Control), HHC (Hill Hold Control), TCS (Traction Control System), and ESS (Emergency Signal System).

The panoramic sunroof gives an airy feeling and offers a great view of the outside world even from the backseat.

The spacious and comfortable rear bench seat has a folding center arm rest, 60-40 split.

Rear aircon vents keep the rear passengers cool while keeping the legroom spacious and the floor uncluttered.

The backrest of the rear seat has a 60/40 split to maximize the “utility” function of this compact SUV. The rear cargo hold has a retractable soft cover to hide items in the trunk from prying eyes. Removing the soft cover exposes around 475 liters of space behind the rear seats, which is more than adequate for two-weeks worth of groceries or several pieces of luggage. Folding the backrest completely forward increases the cargo space to around 1,500 liters, which can be utilized to transports big, bulky stuff, which should be clean so as not to soil the nice interior.  A Powerlift automatic tailgate completes the cargo-carrying convenience.

Rear trunk space has a retractable soft cover to keep prying eyes away from your stuff.

The retractable cover can be removed completely to make full use of the 475 liters trunk space and carry tall items.

60/40 split seats fold down to accommodate a rear passenger and cargo…

… or two passengers at the back and some cargo…

… or have the entire backrest folded down to fully utilize 1,500 liters of cargo space.

Powerlift automatic tailgate adds to the cargo-carrying convenience.

Driving Safety Enhanced

To further enhance driving safety, Chery equipped the Tiggo 7 Pro with several real-time driving aid and information systems such as cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), LED daytime running lights (DRLs), and automatic headlamps. We particularly liked the  360º High-Definition Panoramic Camera that shows a real-time view of the vehicle’s surroundings. Because the windows of our test unit came heavily tinted, some areas may be difficult to see, especially during tight maneuvers, or when merging into traffic. The panoramic camera is a Godsent to newbie drivers and those with spatial difficulties.

360º high-definition panoramic camera helps the driver see through the blind spot at the right of the vehicle when merging into traffic…

… as it helps inform the driver what’s immediately behind the vehicle when leaving a parking spot…

… and it truly does more than just help the driver park the vehicle properly.

You may think that a compact SUV with a “floating roof” design, integrated roof rack, N95 cabin filter, and all the abovementioned safety, performance, comfort, convenience and luxury features will cost an arm and a leg, but that’s what caught us by surprise. The cherry on the top of this Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is its competitive price, which is P1,198,000, only three grand more that the Tiggo 7. Add the aforementioned 10-year/1,000,000-kilometer engine warranty, a 5-year/150,000-kilometer vehicle warranty, and FREE periodic maintenance service AND emergency roadside assistance for three years, and the 2021 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is beginning to look like another hit in the making.

“Floating roof” and body cladding plastic panels combine to create a sexy “Coke bottle” side profile.

The designers at Chery Motors sweated over every detail of the Tiggo 7 Pro to create a modern yet luxurious image.


Price: P1,198,000.00

Classification: 5-door compact crossover vehicle

Engine type: Turbocharged liquid-cooled inline-4 DOHC 16V

Capacity: 1498 cc

Maximum power: 145 hp @ 5500 rpm

Maximum torque: 210 Nm @ 1750-4400 rpm

Transmission: 9-speed CVT

Suspension: Macpherson struts (front) / independent multilink (rear)

Brakes: Ventilated discs (front) / solid discs (rear)

Wheels and tires: 10-spoke 18-inch alloys, 225/60R18 Yokohama Avid GT

Length: 4500 mm

Width:  1824 mm

Height: 1746 mm

Wheelbase: 2670 mm

Ground clearance: 210 mm

Curb weight: 1465 kg

Fuel tank capacity: 51 liters

Maximum load space volume behind 1st row – 1500 liters

Maximum load space volume behind 2nd row – 475 liters

Contact Details

Chery Auto Philippines

United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI)

728 A. Bonifacio Avenue, Balintawak, Quezon City

Tel. Nos.: (+632) 8442 4076 to78