2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro launching this Fri, June 21 – Proton X70 rival; 1.6T, 197 PS, 290 Nm; below RM130k

2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro launching this Fri, June 21 – Proton X70 rival; 1.6T, 197 PS, 290 Nm; below RM130k

We have here for you a gallery of the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, which is currently being previewed to the media. The launch date for Chery’s C-segment SUV contender is now public – the CKD locally assembled Tiggo 7 Pro will be officially launched this Friday, June 21.

UPDATE: The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is now launched, priced at RM123,800

The Tiggo 7 Pro’s outstanding point is the content for the money, which is estimated at below RM130,000 for a single spec. With that RRP, Chery clearly has the Proton X70 in its sights.

At 4,513 mm long, 1,862 mm wide and 1,696 mm tall, the Tiggo 7 Pro is six millimetres shorter, 31 mm wider and two millimetres taller than the X70, while its 2,670 mm wheelbase is identical to the Proton’s. Without a tape, the Chery looks wider than the Geely Boyue-based X70. The T7’s boot takes in 475 litres, and max volume is 1,672 litres with the rear seats folded.

2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro launching this Fri, June 21 – Proton X70 rival; 1.6T, 197 PS, 290 Nm; below RM130k

The smaller Omoda 5 is a good in-house reference, as it’s now a common sight on Malaysian roads. Compared to the B-segment SUV, the Tiggo 7 Pro is 113 mm longer, 32 mm wider and 108 mm taller – all are significant margins. On the other end of the scale, the segment-up Tiggo 8 Pro with three rows of seating is 209 mm longer, although there’s not much difference in width and height (T7 is 2mm wider and 9mm shorter).

Compared to the bold-faced and low-slung Omoda 5, the Tiggo 7 looks more like a conventional SUV. The upright body sports an upswept window line and blacked-out D-pillars for the de rigueur ‘floating roof’ effect. While not as wild as the O5’s face, the T7 fascia is pretty bold with a large hexagonal grille housing diamond studs. The blue fins on the air inlets are pretty unique.

Elsewhere, you’ll also find slim LED headlights with sequential indicators, LED daytime running lights that are mounted low on the bumper, strong haunches on the rear of the profile and full-width LED taillights. What do you think of the Tiggo 7 Pro’s looks compared to the exuberance of the Omoda 5 and handsome big brother Tiggo 8 Pro?

2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro launching this Fri, June 21 – Proton X70 rival; 1.6T, 197 PS, 290 Nm; below RM130k

Inside, the Tiggo 7 Pro follows the style of the Tiggo 8 Pro with a clean, minimalist dashboard. The centrepiece is a widescreen display panel with two 12.3-inch displays for the instruments and infotainment (Chery likes to brand this as a 24.6-inch dual-screen). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and sound comes from an eight-speaker Sony system, as per the T8.

The cabin also features dual-zone climate control, a 50-watt Qi wireless charger, multi-coloured ambient lighting, keyless entry with walk-away auto lock, push-button start, six-way driver and four-way passenger powered seats, faux leather upholstery, panoramic glass roof, 360-degree camera system and a powered tailgate.

For trim, the T7 gets glossy mock carbon fibre instead of the matte wood in the T8. This, and the red brake calipers, seem like unnecessary ‘sporty’ cues on an SUV that’s not at all sporty to drive. But Malaysian carbuyers are known to like all things sporty, even on entry-level premium brand cars.

What’s also ‘sporty’ is the performance of the T7 off the line. Under the hood (and large plastic shield) is a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 197 PS and 290 Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The 0-100 km/h time is 8.3 seconds and top speed is 205 km/h.

By the way, with last month’s update, all variants of the Proton X70 now come with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine with 177 PS/255 Nm. The 184 PS/300 Nm 1.8-litre turbo-four has been discontinued.

In the safety department, the Tiggo 7 Pro is fitted as standard with seven airbags, stability control and driver assists that include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, rear collision alert, blind spot monitoring with collision prevention, rear cross traffic alert with auto brake and auto high beam.

So, what do you think of the Tiggo 7 Pro’s design and package for below RM130k? There are shortage of choices if you have RM120k to RM140k to spend on an SUV – Japanese, Chinese, local, B-segment, C-segment, NA, turbo, hybrid – so what’s your preferred combo?

GALLERY: Chery Tiggo 7 Pro – grey

GALLERY: Chery Tiggo 7 Pro – white

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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.

 

Comments

  • Proton X70 Greatest Weakness on Jun 19, 2024 at 2:04 pm

    Become Tiggo 7 Pro strength

    The BEST SUV for malaysian Roads

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    • Ex Proton Fanboi on Jun 19, 2024 at 6:04 pm

      Tiggo 7 Pro is better than rattling poor quality 3 cylinder x70

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  • Habis la proton x70

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  • hazri on Jun 19, 2024 at 3:16 pm

    in summary, what make this better than x70? can someone please englighten me? thanks in advance

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    • Dingle on Jun 19, 2024 at 4:36 pm

      Nothing. Unless you want poorly fabricated axle.

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    • hazwan on Jun 19, 2024 at 5:33 pm

      maybe those 4 pots engine=less shaky² than 3 pots..quick search seem this t7pro also got AA/AC, some people made it as a deal breaker if modern car dont have those connection on their smartphone

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      • It depends to the people, but yes no AA/AC (wireless preferred) is a deal-breaker for me

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    • ClownsEverywhere on Jun 20, 2024 at 4:56 pm

      T7Pro 1.6T 4cylinder with AA/CP, Proton X70 1.5T 3cylinder without AA/CP… everyone should know how to choose

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  • ClownsEverywhere on Jun 19, 2024 at 3:39 pm

    Definitely better than X70, no competition

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  • If we purely based on design, functionality and price (not reliability, durability, after sales service), this SUV in fact is a good choice.

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    • hayoh on Jun 24, 2024 at 1:01 pm

      Actually even if we consider quality and aftersales, Proton ain’t better too. Probably on par.

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  • ThePolygon on Jun 19, 2024 at 9:17 pm

    HRV also shaking in fear.

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  • i love sony on Jun 20, 2024 at 9:23 am

    As long as no empty braking and rear axle tear off issues why not, with a proper 4 cylinders timing chain engine and android auto.

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  • Saya ulammm... on Jun 21, 2024 at 8:13 pm

    No more than 120k (highest spec) should be ok.

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