Chery Tiggo 7 Pro SUV previewed in Malaysia – CR-V, CX-5, X70 C-segment rival with 1.5 Turbo CVT combo

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro SUV previewed in Malaysia – CR-V, CX-5, X70 C-segment rival with 1.5 Turbo CVT combo

Chery is back in Malaysia and the Chinese carmaker previewed a couple of its SUVs yesterday. The returning brand’s range at Setia Alam yesterday comprised the Omoda 5 and a trio of Tiggo Pro models. The latter starts with the 4, before going to the 7 and the flagship 8. Here, we’re focusing on the C-segment Tiggo 7 Pro.

Underpinned by Chery’s T1X platform, the Tiggo 7 Pro is 4,500 mm long and has a 2,670 mm wheelbase. That’s the size of fellow Chinese SUV Geely Boyue (Proton X70), which is 4,519 mm long and has the same 2,670 mm wheelbase length. The five-seater SUV’s boot holds 475 litres, or up to 1,500 litres with split folding back seats down.

The Tiggo 7 Pro is quite handsome. The modern design looks nothing like the original Tiggo that was sold in Malaysia – some might remember that one from the Chery Alado days, which aped the second-gen Toyota RAV4. Contemporary design cues include a hexagon grille with “galaxy-inspired geometric matrix diamond” mesh, slim LED headlamps and T-shaped LED daytime running light and fog light housings.

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro SUV previewed in Malaysia – CR-V, CX-5, X70 C-segment rival with 1.5 Turbo CVT combo

The blacked-out D-pillars and window kink might remind some of the X70, but the lower line is more pinched and below that is a prominent shoulder line crease and another one that extends from the rear lights into the rear doors. Speaking of rear lights, the Tiggo 7 Pro gets an in-trend full-width LED light bar with the Chery script logo above. Lots of empty space on the hatch, Volvo XC40-style.

The wheels on this baby blue demo unit are 18-inch two-tone alloys, wrapped with 225/60 tyres. Contrasting the paint job are red brake calipers (front and back) and a red T badge on the front wing.

The Tiggo 7 Pro dashboard has the same family style as its siblings and that means a slim, horizontal main piece with a tall centre console. Once again, it’s a good looking and contemporary dashboard, even if it looks a little familiar in places. The AC vents aren’t visually joined, but the sea surrounding the vents are covered in stitched leather for a classy effect.

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro SUV previewed in Malaysia – CR-V, CX-5, X70 C-segment rival with 1.5 Turbo CVT combo

Like in the Tiggo 8 Pro, there are three screens, including a digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch infotainment one with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 360-degree around view monitor. Below this sits a flush monochrome screen for the dual-zone air con (with N95 air filtering) with touch panel buttons.

In the flagship Tiggo 8 Pro, this AC panel screen is a colour unit, but I actually prefer the more “background” effect of this B&W screen. What’s nice is that there are physical controls for fan speed and temperature either side of the stubby gear lever – frequently used functions such as these should never be hidden away inside a touchscreen.

The seats – six-way powered for the driver – are covered in black leather with contrast stitching. Voice control, wireless charging and selectable LED ambient lighting are also available. Also on the kit list are a panoramic glass roof, powered tailgate and the full ADAS suite of driver assist features along with six airbags.

The unit you see here is powered by a 1.5 litre four-cylinder turbo engine. The in-house Acteco unit makes 147 PS at 5,500 rpm and 210 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT with nine virtual ratios. As with the Omoda 5, a 1.6L turbo with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission can be specified, and AWD is an option too. By the way, this unit does not represent the eventual local specs that Malaysia will get – planning is still in the early stages.

So, what do you think of the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro? I think it looks good both inside and out, and the interior design is way more modern than that of the Chinese SUV everyone knows (X70). You’re getting a lot for sure, but for what money? That’s the unenviable task facing Chery – they have a well-specced and good-looking car, but are surely aware that as a newcomer facing household names such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, you’ve got to undercut in RRP.

And then there’s the Proton X70, which is a Chinese counterpart with Malaysian PR status. It’s not easy to get near to the tiger-badged Boyue’s price, as the Geely has national car benefits, but such a price is probably what consumers are used to, and expect. Reduce the kit count to be price competitive? That will dilute the appeal of a Chinese car, which is expected to offer more for less. As I said, it’s an unenviable task, even with a good product – Malaysia is a difficult car market to enter. Anyway, jiayou.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Okay-ish design but zero originality. Front has the Mazda current wings design with Hyundai hexagon grille, side profile mimics Boyue/X70 more obvious with C pillar kink, rear more of Audi/ new HRV looks with the full length rear brake light bar.

    Interior is boringly all black, X50 looks far more exciting with the dash of colour to contrast and the ultrawide floating screen (which is available in China market). Speaking of which at the least Tiggo7 has a proper floating HU unlike the horrible forehead jutting units in Toyota Corolla & Cross and new Alza as well. Those are just plain badly designed.

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    • longjaafar on Oct 26, 2022 at 1:08 pm

      P1 shud be eaten up by Chery instead of geely,

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    • OsDell on Oct 26, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      Beauty is the eyeholder. Btw, Corolla Cross have got something inside. Safety is there and technology with new platform seems more fun.

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      • Aura89 on Oct 27, 2022 at 2:49 am

        Safety is on par for all of them, there are no one better than the other. If there is ‘something’, please specify.

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        • I really do agree with that both corolla cross and chery tiggo 7 pro safety are now really par. But each consumers will choose. If you want reliable, which many likes, get Corolla Cross with NA engine. If you want power, get Chery Tiggo 7 Pro. Reliability is more recommended for consumers than turbo. But both cars are good, so up to people which one will choose

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    • OsDell on Oct 26, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      Same can be said for Alza, at least something there inside with some interest

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  • Brian on Oct 26, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Acteco unit makes 147 PS at 5,500 rpm and 210 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm

    TGDi unit makes 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.

    The X70MC has this beaten soundly and laid the smackdown for good measure. Would love to see a Genting shootout between these two.

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  • Banana in pyjamas on Oct 26, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Why everything from China must use word pro for their flagship stuff? Why don’t use Tiggo 7 Noob! Dumb way to name a product… Car = mobile phone , making me wanna change my kids China phone. Malu APA…

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  • OsDell on Oct 26, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Bring Chery back to the glorious days with better aftersales, enough of spare parts and quality with perfect condition

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  • dong gor on Oct 26, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    agree with Danny…it’s a difficult task to enter malaysia and be competitive, especially for this segment. Pricing and specs aside, Chery also doesn’t have the comprehensive network like Proton/ x70. when we Malaysian buy a car, we want sustainable service centres of the mother brand, and not subcon service centres that will be here today but gone tomorrow.

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    • KJ..still without an election posting? on Oct 26, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      Before placing a booking,we ask the SA..where r the service centres.
      If it is a Chinaman tyre shop in Jalan Gombak,giving “after sales service”, just walk away.
      Like it or not..a proper service centre with adequate essential spare parts r a must for close to 100 grand suv.

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  • Made In China on Oct 26, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    My dream car

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  • Saw this particular unit in Setia Alarm near SCM yesterday. Looks very good in real life. The only thing that they need to convince Malaysian is they are here to stay in the long run.

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    • Where is my Starbucks Machiatto,guards? on Oct 26, 2022 at 8:05 pm

      Bradder Mika
      Naza supposed to stay long run.But look at the mess,they created?
      Distributorships can be like playing manap.22 points,u r 21 points,taking over the failed Naza.

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    • FrankC on Oct 26, 2022 at 8:59 pm

      Are they here to stay is a good question. Chery brand doesn’t seem to catch on in msia. Nevertheless, we are seeing many chinese made brand coming into the market. like it or not, that’s the way our automotive industry is growing towards. .. i mean back to ckd assembly and forget about being center for automotive design and production in the region. surely we have lost the momentum…

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