[UPDATE: The Chery Tiggo has been launched in Malaysia. Click here for more details.]
The Chery T11 or known as the Chery Tiggo is what you would get if you throw a horny male Toyota RAV4 and a horny female Honda CR-V into a closed parking lot and lock them up. Their offspring would look exactly like the Chery Tiggo. It features the second generation Toyota RAV4′s rear and the second generation Honda CR-V’s front design.
The Chery Tiggo is offered with 2.0 and 2.4 engines sourced from Mitsubishi. The 2.0 litre Mitsubishi 4G63S4M 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC engine provides 124 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 176Nm of torque between 3,000 and 4,000rpm. The 2.4 litre SOHC Mitsubishi unit provides not much of a horsepower increase over the 2.0, only 127 horses but it is achieved at a lower 5,500rpm. It does offer a much higher torque of 201Nm at a lower RPM range of between 2,500 and 3,000rpm due to it’s single cam design.
Chery’s website says the Tiggo’s engines are equipped with MIVEC variable valve timing. We’ll likely get the 2.0 litre model. It’s reported that Lotus Engineering provided consultancy to Chery for the development of this SUV.
Alado Corp Sdn Bhd plans to assemble the Chery Tiggo locally at Oriental Assembler Sdn Bhd’s plant in Johor Baru in December 2006. The SUV should be on sale in January 2007 if plans go smoothly.