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2015-01-28 09:07

REFRESHED TIGGO ARRIVES: Chery's facelifted Tiggo SUV gains a new design and more powerful engine in 2015. Image: Chery

CAPE TOWN - The Tiggo compact SUV, one of Chinese automaker Chery’s best-selling models locally, receives style enhancements and a new, more powerful 1.6-litre DVVT petrol.

In terms of design, the front and rear is more assertive, its gains colour-coded body panels, 17” alloy rims (replaces previous 16”), new daytime running lights, LEDs, and foglights.

The latest version of the automaker’s 1.6-litre Acteco engine now develops 93kW/160Nm (15% increase over the previous version), driving power to the front wheels through a five-speed manual.

PRACTICAL, COMPACT SUV

Inside it gains grey, leather-trimmed seats. Standard kit includes Bluetooth, satellite steering wheel controls, reversing park distance control, hill assistant, aircon, power windows, power steering, power side mirrors, 60/40 split rear seat backrest, audio system with CD/MP3/USB connectivity and central locking with remote keyless entry.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Chery Tiggo

In terms of safety it’s equipped with electronic stability control, dual airbags and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, as well as Isofix.

EXTENSIVE TESTING IN SA

According to the automaker: “Chery South Africa has made a significant local test programme obligatory before the launch of any new or revised model and this is the case with the latest version of the popular Tiggo medium category SUV which was launched at the 2014 Beijing auto show.

 “Testing of the current, two-wheel drive Chery Tiggo in South Africa previously included conquering the icy Sani Pass in winter. This rugged mountain pass, which is the only link between KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho, is usually the environment for four-wheel drive vehicles so one can imagine how surprised the locals were to see a convoy of three Tiggo SUVs arrive at the summit, just before the Lesotho border post and 2874m above sea level.”

The Chery Tiggo 1.6 VVT manual is priced at R229 900 and is sold with a three-year or 75 000km service plan, five-year or 120 000km warranty and five-year roadside assistance.
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