Chery Releases 2011 Tiggo

Chery launched the 2011 Tiggo yesterday at the Chengdu Auto Show. The new Tiggo gets not only a facelift but an additional engine option–a 1.6-liter with mechanically-driven supercharger (ACTECO-SQR481FG).

Built on the same platform as the outgoing Tiggo3, the 2011 model gets about 100mm longer, while the 2510mm wheelbase remains unchanged. The front exterior has undergone a major cosmetic surgery for a more rugged look.

To the previous three engine options (1.6/1.8/2.0/L) is added a "1.6s," a 1.6-liter with mechanical supercharger putting out 110kW/5500rpm and 205Nm/3500-4500rpm–that is more power than one can get from the 2.0-liter. The two 2.0L trims come as all-wheel drive, all the rest front-wheel drive. Automatic transmission is provided only for 1.8L models

The control panel is re-shaped, employing a more rectangular, vertical configuration, with no new functions added.

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The 2011 model will be sold alongside the current TiggoDR, which was developed originally for certain overseas markets.

Prices range from 86,800 to 115,800 yuan, almost unchanged from those of the 2009/10 models.

In the past five years since its first release, the Tiggo compact SUV has seen better days. Once a No.1 selling SUV in China, it has ranked out of the top 10 recently, with monthly sales staying between 3,000 and 5,000 units.

For photos and feature of the 2010 Tiggo, please click here.