The Chery brand is back, and better than ever. Gone are the days of the QQ in the Philippines in favor of a whole Chery lineup that is composed of nothing but Tiggo crossovers of varying sizes. The popularity of crossovers in the Philippines has spurred United Asia Automotive Group, Inc.’s (UAAGI) decision to reintroduce Chery using the Tiggo nameplate. A total of four models were launched in the Philippines on November 27, 2019, marking a new beginning for UAAGI and Chery.
Of note, UAAGI is the same company that distributes the Foton brand in the Philippines.
The first and smallest vehicle to launch is the Chery Tiggo 2, a small crossover that features a 1.5L gasoline motor coupled to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. This motor produces a total of 106 hp and 135 Nm of torque. MacPherson struts in the front and a torsion beam in the rear make up the suspension system. A set of 16-inch wheels with high-profile tires contribute to the 186 mm of ground clearance. The interior on offer for the manual variants is clad in black cloth with orange accents sprinkled throughout. The automatic variant, meanwhile, gets a blue and black leather upholstery.
In a subcompact package, the Chery Tiggo 5X crossover also runs a 1.5L under the hood, but with uprated power and torque outputs coming in at 114 hp and 141 Nm of torque. The transmission is either a 5-speed manual or a CVT unit. MacPherson struts up front, and a torsion beam in the rear mated to wheels that come in 16 or 17-inch flavors because of this the crossover rides on a total of 190 mm of ground clearance. Interior upholstery options include fabric for the MT variant, woven leather for the AT variant, and luxurious leather for the AT Luxury variant.
The compact offering of the lot is the Chery Tiggo 7 crossover. This vehicle comes equipped with a 1.5L turbocharged engine that produces 145 hp and 210 Nm of torque. The motor is paired with the brand’s 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). It rides on a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension combo. It rides on a set of 18-inch wheels, which bring its ground clearance to a total of 210 mm. The interior is clad in the Chery brand’s faux-leather upholstery. Another interior feature that improves the ambiance of the cabin in this model is the panoramic sunroof.
The biggest crossover in the lineup of Chery Philippines is the midsize Tiggo 8. The brand’s 1.5L turbocharged motor capable of 145 hp and 210 Nm of torque finds its way into the chassis of the midsize crossover. Only one transmission option is on offer, and that is the 6-speed DCT unit from Chery. With regards to the suspension, the crossover rides on a MacPherson strut in the front and a multi-link setup in the rear. A set of 18-inch wheels contribute to the Tiggo 8’s 200mm of ground clearance. The seats are covered in faux leather, and like its compact brother the Tiggo 7, it has a panoramic sunroof.
The entire lineup looks strong, and each vehicle comes at a very attractive price point. None of the models will exceed the P1,500,000 mark. In fact, the most expensive model only goes for P1,340,000. The most inexpensive unit you can get from the Chery brand is the Tiggo 2 for only P695,000.
There was some stigma with regard to the Chery brand in the past, but UAAGI recognizes that, and reassures its consumers of the reliability and build quality of its cars through the company’s 1,000,000 km powertrain warranty, with a period lasting up to 10-years. This warranty can be had on top of a 5-year general vehicle warranty as well as a 3-year free preventative maintenance service for any Tiggo on offer.
Check out Chery Philippines’ pricing below:
- Tiggo 2 1.5L 5MT - P695,000
- Tiggo 2 1.5L 4AT - P770,000
- Tiggo 5X 1.5L 5MT - P818,000
- Tiggo 5X 1.5L CVT - P860,000
- Tiggo 5X Luxury 1.5L CVT - P950,000
- Tiggo 7 1.5L Turbo DCT - P1,195,000
- Tiggo 8 Luxury 1.5L Turbo DCT - P1,280,000
- Tiggo 8 Luxury EX 1.5L Turbo DCT - P1,340,000