This is our best look yet at the Jaecoo 7 for the Philippine market

Back in 2023, Chery's sub-brand Omoda announced that they would also be bringing the Jaecoo brand into the Philippines. It will serve as a luxury brand that will sit alongside the Omoda and will initially offer the Jaecoo 7 for the PH market.

Originally, both Omoda and Jaecoo planned to hold their official launch in the country before the end of 2023. However, they might have decided to hold the event sometime in early 2024. Over in Malaysia, however, the automaker has previewed the Jaecoo 7 to the public, and it's our best look yet at the soon-to-be-revealed luxury crossover.

According to our friends over at Paultan.org, the Malaysian-spec Jaecoo 7 will have a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four that is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It makes 197 PS along with 290 Nm of torque which allows it to go from 0 – 100 km/h in a respectable 8 seconds. If those figures look familiar, the Jaecoo 7 likely gets the same engine as its closest sibling, the Tiggo 8 Pro 1.6T.

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Size-wise, the Jaecoo 7 measures 4500mm long, 1865mm wide, 1680mm tall, and has a 2672mm wheelbase. It also has a generous 200mm of ground clearance and a claimed wading depth of 600mm which is quite impressive. Side-by-side with the Tiggo 8 Pro, the Jaecoo 7 is 222mm shorter in length, wider by 5mm, and shorter by 66mm in height. The Jaecoo 7's wheelbase is also shorter compared to the Tiggo 8 Pro which is at 2710mm.

So why the difference in size? Well, the Jaecoo 7 is touted as a premium compact off-roader that also offers luxurious amenities. In fact, the model previewed in Malaysia is available with all-wheel drive (AWD) with 7 selectable drive modes. There is also a front-wheel drive version which serves as the entry-level model.

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On the exterior, the vehicle comes with stylish 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a distinct grille with vertical slats, and two-tier style LED headlights. Inside, there's tablet-like 14.8-inch touchscreen infotainment that's complemented by a wide 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. All of the seats are wrapped in leather, with the front benefitting from the heating/cooling function.

Other key features available in the Jaecoo 7 include a full suite of intelligent driver aids, a 50W wireless charging pad, power-adjustable front seats with memory function, an 8-speaker sound system, wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate with remote function, and 10 airbags.

With plenty of features and the ability to go off-road, we surely cannot wait for the Jaecoo 7 to make its official debut in the Philippines soon. And with Omoda PH already securing the first batch of the Omoda 5 crossover last October, perhaps the Jaecoo 7 is set to follow suit.