• Chery's first model to go on sale in South Africa is the Tiggo 4 Pro.
• The compact SUV promises to be competitively priced and well-specified.
• The vehicle will be launched in November 2021.
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Chery is back in South Africa and will kickstart proceedings with its Tiggo 4 Pro launch in November 2021. The first homologated model for the local market was recently shown to select media at the Gerotek Testing Facility outside Pretoria, with Chery saying that the first deliveries will take place in late November.
Since announcing their return, Chery has managed to secure 30 dealerships across South Africa, with more expected as time goes on.
Pricing will be announced at a later stage when the car is officially launched to the public in November.
Tony Liu, Executive Deputy General Manager, Chery South Africa, says: "The Tiggo 4 Pro will be one of the most advanced SUVs in the compact urban SUV class when it is launched to the public in November. At the same time, it will be one of the most competitively priced models in its class. It is only fitting that it will be launched first in South Africa, which incidentally is the first country on the globe to launch the right-hand drive version."
Engine and gearboxes
The Tiggo 4 Pro will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, available in two variants. The naturally aspirated version offers 85kW and 141Nm, and is mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The turbocharged version of this engine makes do with 108kW and 210Nm, with power channelled to the road via the CVT or a six-speed manual gearbox. Both models drive through the front wheels.
The Tiggo 4 Pro rides on a choice of 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels.
Chery South Africa is confident that its upcoming Tiggo 4 Pro will be one of the well-specified vehicles in the compact SUV class. The automaker says that the entry-level models, for example, will feature a 3.5-inch TFT full-colour screen in front of the driver and not an analogue instrument panel. In higher-specification models, this screen is upgraded to a seven-inch unit. The bigger screen will feature customization options.
A 10.25-inch full-colour touchscreen sits in the middle of the dashboard and is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Standard across the range, this multimedia system also incorporates a DVD player.
Chery South Africa says that air-con, electric windows, and automatic headlamps are standard luxuries across the range, while higher-specification models add items such as a sunroof, climate control, and an intelligent voice command system.
Liu concludes: "We look forward to revealing the full line-up, with pricing and service plan details, in a month's time. We will then also reveal what we believe to be a class-leading warranty solution to give our customers the peace of mind that they deserve."
Wheels24 attended a pre-launch driving experience of the new Chery Tiggo 4 Pro on Tueday. We'll have a more detailed report later in the week.