Chery has detailed its next vehicle for Australia, the Tiggo 7 Pro, ahead of a launch later in 2023.

    Customers can now register their interest on the Chery website.

    The local range will comprise the front-wheel drive Urban and Elite and top-spec all-wheel drive Ultimate, all powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.

    In China, this produces 145kW of power and 290Nm of torque and is mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All models feature McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension.

    Chery Australia is pitching the Tiggo 7 Pro as a medium SUV, but it’s on the smaller end of that segment.

    The Tiggo 7 Pro measures 4500mm long, 1842mm wide and 1746mm tall on a 2670mm wheelbase, and boasts between 475 and 1500L of luggage space.

    Its external dimensions put it close to the Mazda CX-5 in size, or the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – the latter considered a small SUV.

    The company hasn’t detailed local specifications, however we can see the new crossover will be available with features such as a panoramic sunroof, wireless charger, and a dual-screen set-up.

    It hasn’t released pricing either, however the smaller Omoda 5 is priced at $32,990 drive-away and $35,990 drive-away for the BX and EX grades, respectively.

    More Omoda 5 variants are coming, including some with a more powerful 1.6-litre turbo, plus an electric version due next year.

    Chery offers a dizzying array of SUVs under the Tiggo sub-brand, and says it has sold over three million Tiggo-branded vehicles in over 80 countries. The Tiggo 7 alone has accounted for 500,000 of these sales, and is offered in over 50 countries.

    It has already confirmed another member of the Tiggo sub-brand for our market: the Tiggo 8 Pro, which at 4745mm long and available with a third row of seating, will closely match the Mitsubishi Outlander. It’s expected in the first quarter of 2024.

    Chery only relaunched here earlier this year after almost a decade missing from our market.

    This time around it’s a factory-backed operation, and the brand already has 46 dealerships around the country with more to open by year’s end.

    This isn’t the first time a Tiggo SUV has been sold in Australia. The old J11 SUV from the brand’s last go in Australia was known elsewhere as the Tiggo or Tiggo 3.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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