By: Jason Woosey
Chery's Tiggo continues in its quest to provide low-cost soft-roading to South Africans with a revitalised version that brings a new look, upgraded engines and additional features to the party.
While the Chinese crossover retains its familiar side profile, which owes its origins to the second-generation Toyota RAV4, the Tiggo has gained a completely new front end and revised rear. Chery's design team refers to the new styling theme as 'Hydrodynamic Surfacing' and we trust that whoever coined that term at the meeting table earned an Employee of the Week badge and a pat on the back.
A more notable achievement can be found in the engine bay, where engineers managed to increase the output of Chery's 1.6-litre Acteco petrol engine from 80kW/147Nm to 93kW/160Nm. As before, it drives the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The 95kW/178Nm 2-litre engine from the previous range falls away, now that the 1.6 is almost as powerful.