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Talk of the town: can Chery's SUVs go up against the usual suspects?


Talk of the town: can Chery's SUVs go up against the usual suspects?

How does Chery Malaysia's lineup of SUVs compare to its natural rivals?

Yesterday marked a significant milestone in Chery's renewed operations in Malaysia. Members of the media were invited to attend a preview of their SUVs, which coincided with Chery's first physical event in Malaysia under a new team.

Chery Omoda 5 Malaysia

The takeaway from the event was that Chery has a fighter for most of the popular SUVs available in Malaysia, so we thought we would pair them up against what we think would be their natural competitors to see how they would stack up. 

Under phase 1, Chery will be introducing the Tiggo 4 Pro, Tiggo 7 Pro, Tiggo 8 Pro, and the Omoda 5. Right now, they are nothing but names and numbers to those who are uninitiated, so by putting them next to their natural rivals, we hope to paint a better picture of their target market.

Chery Malaysia 2022

The Chery SUVs at the preview were not in their final Malaysian specifications and because of this we won't go into full detail about them. Chery has not announced any pricing for their cars just yet, but we expect them to be quite competitive.

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro VS Perodua Ativa

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Malaysia

The Tiggo 4 Pro is an offering targeted towards younger buyers as it has a combination of technology and comfort. In terms of size, the Tiggo 4 Pro is the smallest model in the Tiggo Pro family, and from the naked eye, it looks to be around the same size as the Perodua Ativa.

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Malaysia

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro VS Perodua Ativa
Model Tiggo 4 Pro Perodua Ativa
Engine 1.5L TGDI 1.0L Turbo DOHC
Transmission  CVT D-CVT
Horsepower 150 100
Torque (Nm) 210 140
Overall length/width/height (mm)   4,318 x 1,831 x 1,662 4,065 x 1,710 x 1,635


Chery Tiggo 7 Pro VS Proton X70

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Malaysia

The Tiggo 7 Pro is a C-segment SUV that offers 5 seats. From first impressions, this model offers a balance between urban style and luxury features. It has the same engine as the Tiggo 4 Pro and surprisingly the same amount of power too. Chery did say they are considering  a plug-in-hybrid version for the Malaysian market, but that is still up in the air.

Chery Tigo 7 Pro Malaysia

Tiggo 7 Pro VS Proton X70
Model Tiggo 7 Pro Proton X70
Engine 1.5L TGDI 1.5L TGDI
Transmission CVT 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Horsepower 150 175
Torque (Nm) 210 255
Overall length/width/height (mm)  4,500 x ·1,824 x 1,746 4,519 x 1,831 x 1,694


Chery Tiggo 8 Pro VS Peugeot 5008

Chery Tiggo Pro 8 Malaysia

For the largest model in theTiggo family, the 8 Pro is targeted at entrepreneurs and professionals through a combination of technology, premium touches and 7-seater versatility. This large SUV features a more luxurious interior compared to other Tiggo models. Chery are also considering bringing in a plug-in-hybrid version of the SUV, but that is also undecided. 

Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Malaysia

Tiggo 8 Pro VS Peugeot 5008
Model Tiggo 8 Pro Peugeot 5008
Engine 2.0L TGDI 1.6L THP
Transmission 7-Speed Dual-Clutch  7-Speed Dual Clutch
Horsepower 247 165
Torque (Nm) 390 240
Overall length/width/height (mm)  4,722 x ·1,860 x 1,705 4,670 x 1,855 x 1,655


Chery Omada 5 VS Proton X50 Flagship

Chery Omoda 5 Malaysia

The Omada 5 is a B-segment SUV designed according to the philosophy of 'art in motion'. This car is aimed at younger buyers who want a futuristic SUV with smart technology such as ADAS. The exterior design of the SUV is definitely striking and the interior is sophisticated headlined by those large twin screens located at the dashboard.

Chery Omoda 5 interior Malaysia

Chery Omada 5 VS Proton X50
Model Chery Omada 5 Proton X50 Flagship
Engine  1.6L TGDI 1.5L TGDI
Transmission 7-Speed Dual-Clutch  7-Speed Dual Clutch
Horsepower 194 175
Torque (Nm) 290 255
Overall length/width/height (mm)  4,400 x ·1,830 x 1,585 4,330 x 1,800 x 1,609

So as you can see, Chery's offerings are quite competitive when compared to some of the popular SUVs sold in Malaysia. Core spec for spec, they are actually quite good and can really give some of these popular SUVs a run for their money. 

Yes, there are some concerns about resale value as we found out from some of the comments made, but Chery is now in Malaysia under Chery Automobile Co. Ltd, which means Chery in Malaysia will have a lot of support from the principal company.

All we need to know is the pricing and finalised specifications, and if that's good why shouldn't anyone consider a Chery?

Adam Aubrey

Adam Aubrey

Content Producer

Wants to live the simple life, especially when it comes to cars and bikes. That's what tech is for he reckons, to make motoring simpler

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