Chery Releases Tiggo TT, Employing DVVT+CVT Powertrain

Tiggo TT, a new version of Chery’s compact SUV that features 1.6 DVVT engine and CVT, went on sale on July 13. Coming in two trim levels, it sells for 99,800 Yuan (US$15,642) and 107,800 Yuan.

Sharing dimensions and styling with existing models, the Tiggo TT sits on a 2510mm wheelbase and is 4390mm long, 1765mm wide, and 1705mm high. It has front MacPherson and rear semi-trailing arm suspensions.

The new powertrain includes a 1.6L engine (ACTECO-SQRE4G16) of Dual Variable Valve Timing (DVVT) technology and a continuously variable transmission. Chery claims that compared with 1.6 models with non-CVT automatic transmissions, the TT improves fuel economy by 10-15%.

In the first half of 2012, Chery delivered a total of 52,908 units of Tiggo, making it the sixth best-selling SUV in China. Next year, the second generation Tiggo (codenamed T21) will be launched; it will be a production version of the TX concept unveiled at the 2012 Beijing auto show.