In the last couple of months, there has been a bit of buzz surrounding the return of Chery to the Philippine market which we started. Some are against the fourth (or third, depending on who you ask) iteration of the brand in the country, while some are fairly neutral about it.
But perhaps now that we have all the prices and variants of their new Philippine-bound models, maybe that can change somewhat as the new Chery (under the same distributor of Foton) is very aggressive with their strategy in specs, pricing, and warranties.
As we revealed before, Chery Philippines will only be focusing on their SUV models, and they will all be under the Tiggo sub-brand. The Tiggo name is familiar to Chery customers as it was the name used for the Gen 2 RAV4 “lookalike” that was marketed by the previous Chery distributors.
Chery Philippines sent us all the specsheets of their four new models. Based on the information we got, Chery will be selling the Tiggo 2 (subcompact entry grade crossover), the Tiggo 5x (compact crossover, rebranded from Chinese market Tiggo 4), the larger Tiggo 7 (5-seater crossover), and the Tiggo 8 (7-seater crossover).
Unlike before, all these Chery models definitely appear to be original designs. For those curious, Chery Philippines will not be selling the RAV4 lookalike which is branded as the Tiggo 3 in China; yes, they still make it but have already updated the looks.
Below is the specification sheet of the Tiggo 2, and as you can see by the dimensions it's comparable to the Nissan Juke. The Tiggo 2 is powered by a 1.5-liter VVT engine that makes 106 PS and 135 Nm of torque. There are two variants with the major difference being the gearbox: one has a 5-speed manual while the other has a 4-speed automatic.
All of the Tiggo 2 versions have a particular focus on safety with 4-wheel disc brakes, an anti-lock braking system with EBD and brake assist, stability control, parking sensors, hill assist control, traction control and dual airbags. The manual versions of the Tiggo 2 will come with orange and black fabric upholstery, a standard airconditioning system, and 16” monochrome wheels. The automatic version will have a blue and black leather interior, 16” two-tone wheels, and an automatic climate control system.
Below is the specification sheet for the Tiggo 5x; a model with a size comparable to a Honda HR-V. The engine is also a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with VVT like the Tiggo 2, but it has more power at 114 PS and 141 Nm of torque. The three variants are defined by their gearboxes with a 5x with a 5-speed manual, a 5x with a CVT, and another 5x CVT but with more features that they call the 5x Luxury.
Like the Tiggo 2, all versions have a lot of safety features as standard with all disc brakes, ABS, EBD, BA, traction control, stability control, hill assist control, and dual airbags. All models will also get a TPMS system and cruise control. The 5x MT will have a standard A/C system, a standard parking brake lever, fabric seats, and 16” wheels. The 5x CVT adds a push button start system, steering wheel audio controls, leather seats, and an electronic parking brake (EPB) with a brake hold function for traffic. The Luxury model has better leather seats, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, and more.
The Tiggo 7 is the larger model, and has similar dimensions to something like the current Toyota RAV4. There is only one version of the car, and interestingly enough, it also gets a 1.5-liter engine like the Tiggo 2 and Tiggo 5x. But unlike those two models, the Tiggo 7's engine is turbocharged, and it makes 145 PS with 210 Nm of torque. And it also has a dual clutch gearbox instead of a standard automatic or CVT.
The Tiggo 7 has an enhanced safety suite, as it adds side airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, as well as front and rear radar to the already long list of safety features found in the previous two models. The Tiggo 7 has a panoramic moonroof, PVC upholstered seats, a 6-speaker 9” touchscreen audio unit with mirroring, automatic climate control, and more.
The Tiggo 8 is the biggest model of the range with a size comparable to a Hyundai Santa Fe. The engine is the same as the Tiggo 7: a turbocharged 1.5-liter with 145 PS and 210 Nm that drives the front wheels via a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Being the top range model means the Tiggo 8 pretty much has all the features expected as both variants are of the Luxury line: the Tiggo 8 Luxury and Tiggo 8 Luxury EX. The Tiggo 8 Luxury AT (well, DCT) has 6 airbags, TPMS, leather seats (they marked it as faux, though), a smart key, dual zone climate control, cruise control, automatic LED headlights, and 18-inch two-tone wheels.
As with the other models, the Tiggo 8 has all the safety features such as 4-wheel disc brakes, stability control, ABS, traction control, hill descent control, hill assist control, and more. The Tiggo 8 Luxury EX adds a 360 degree camera like you would find in a Nissan Terra and a panoramic roof.
The new distributor, UAAGI, is going to be focusing on rebuilding the brand in the country. They will have a 5-year bumper to bumper warranty, as well as a ridiculously long 10-year warranty on the engine or 1 million kilometers, whichever comes first.
More importantly, all Chery vehicles sold by UAAGI will have 3 years of free PMS. We confirmed this with Chery Philippines, and it's similar to the strategy of other brands as they will maintain customer vehicles -meaning parts and labor, not just an oil change- free of charge.
Chery Tiggo 2 1.5L 5MT: PhP 695,000
Chery Tiggo 2 1.5L 4AT: PhP 770,000
Chery Tiggo 5x 1.5L 5MT: PhP 818,000
Chery Tiggo 5x 1.5L CVT: PhP 860,000
Chery Tiggo 5x Luxury 1.5L CVT: PhP 950,000
Chery Tiggo 7 1.5L Turbo DCT: PhP 1,195,000
Chery Tiggo 8 Luxury 1.5L Turbo DCT: PhP 1,280,000
Chery Tiggo 8 Luxury EX 1.5L Turbo DCT: PhP 1,340,000