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Chery’s Australian offensive will continue with the Tiggo 7 Pro SUV set to join the Omoda 5 crossover later this year.
Measuring 4500mm long, 1842mm wide, 1746mm tall and with a 2670mm wheelbase (at least in overseas specification), the Tiggo 7 pro slots in between the Honda ZR-V and Mazda CX-5 in sizing to give the Chinese brand a competitor in the hot-selling mid-size SUV market.
All three however, will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that outputs 147kW/290Nm in overseas markets.
The powertrain is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and has a fuel economy rating of 6.6 litres per 100km – though these details are yet to be confirmed for the Australian-market Tiggo 7 Pro.
Features available overseas include a panoramic glass roof, powered tailgate, keyless entry, push-button start, head-up display and synthetic leather interior, so expect this equipment to be peppered throughout the Australian Tiggo 7 Pro’s spec list.
Safety will also be a key point for the Tiggo 7 Pro as the brand has committed to offering a five-star ANCAP safety rating on all new models it brings to Australia.
This means we can expect, at least, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems (LSS).
ANCAP also mandates that vehicles need to at least achieve scores of 80 and 70 per cent in the adult occupant protection and safety assist tests respectively for a maximum five-star rating, as well as a “good level of protection to child occupants”.
Chery’s first model in its Australian market comeback, the Omoda 5, arrived in local showrooms in February 2023 and was awarded a maximum five-star rating earlier this month with testing data acquired from Euro NCAP’s 2022 results.
Pricing will be a crucial factor for the Tiggo 7 Pro’s success in Australia, and Chery could undercut key rivals similar to the strategy it has employed with the Omoda 5.
Australia’s budget mid-size SUV segment is fielded by the GWM Haval H6 (from $33,900 drive-away), Mahindra XUV700 (from $36,990), MG HS (from $32,990) and SsangYong Korando (from $30,990), so the Tiggo 7 Pro could open from around $35,000 to steal attention away from rivals and give it some air between the top-spec Omoda 5 EX (from $32,990 before on-road costs).
Either way, the Tiggo 7 Pro is expected to bolster Chery’s bottom line this year, with the brand already finding 2263 new homes for its Omoda 5 crossover to the end of July.