JAKARTA: Chery officially launched its two star products under the Tiggo Pro range of SUVs – the Tiggo 8 Pro and Tiggo 7 Pro – in Indonesia recently, making it the first right-hand drive Asean country in which said models are launched.
The launch also gives a hint that the models' arrival in the Malaysian market could be expected soon.
Last month, Chery previewed five models - the Tiggo 8 Pro and Tiggo 7 Pro along with the Omoda 5, Tiggo 4 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro plug-in-hybrid - for select members of the media, potential dealers and business partners in Setia Alam, Shah Alam.
The Tiggo 8 Pro is a large SUV targeted at upwardly-mobile entrepreneurs and professionals through its combination of intelligent technology, premium features and seven-seat versatility.
Headlining features include a 12.3-inch LCD instrument panel, 12.5-inch central control screen, eight-inch climate control touch-screen, 360-degree Around View Monitor, voice command and over 10 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) functions to improve travel safety.
The Tiggo 8 Pro’s 2.0 TGDI engine, holder of an award for China’s 10 best engines, produces 254PS and 390Nm of torque, allowing the vehicle to sprint to 100kph from rest in only 7.3 seconds.
Inside, are leather seats with memory function, eight Sony surround sound speakers, multi-colour ambient lighting and a large panoramic skylight.
Targeted at the urban elite, the more compact Tiggo 7 Pro cuts a stylish and dynamic figure through its intelligent matrix-LED headlamps and ‘floating roof’ design.
Its technology-laden interior boasts a seven-inch LCD instrument panel, 10.25-inch central control screen, eight-inch climate control touch-screen, 360-degree camera, electric tailgate, wireless charging for mobile devices and much more.
ADAS is also featured, including adaptive cruise control and emergency braking functions.
Chery currently has 22 sales and service outlets under construction in major cities such as Jakarta, Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, and in the coming year, the company will build 70 sales and service outlets to fully cover the Indonesian market and provide more convenient services to local customers.
Chery has also built a 4,000 sq m spare parts warehouse in the Cikarang factory to store service parts as well as those pertaining to the electrical systems and chassis.
The construction of further spare parts warehouses in the outer islands such as Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi is being accelerated to meet the demand of more users for spare parts.
As Asean’s largest economy, Indonesia plays a strategic role in Chery’s plans for further globalisation.
The joint launch of the Tiggo 8 Pro and Tiggo 7 Pro, Chery’s best-sellers globally, in Indonesia, is a significant start towards more advanced and intelligent products for Indonesians in the future, including new energy vehicles such as all-electric models.
Chery will continue to expand across Asean in the coming year – having successfully held its first physical preview event in Malaysia in October, the company continues to work closely with local partners towards establishing assembly operations as well as a new nationwide sales and after-sales network to best serve Malaysians in the very near future.