Chery has announced its intention to introduce a new model in its highly popular Tiggo 4 Pro range, lowering the barrier to entry with a more affordable derivative priced at R279,900.
Known as the LiT, it is R29,000 cheaper than the previous entry-level option, the Urban.
The Tiggo 4 is the Chinese carmaker’s most popular vehicle in South Africa with regular appearances in each month’s best-seller lists, meaning this new, more accessible model will likely expand the brand’s appeal to an even broader audience.
With that in mind, this is what you can expect from the most affordable Chery in the country.
What you get
The LiT utilizes the same 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine as other lower specifications such as the Urban and Comfort, in comparison to the range-topping Elite units that feature a turbocharged version of the same powerplant.
This lends the base model an output of 83kW and 138Nm, which is used to drive the front wheels through the buyer’s choice of either a five-speed manual or a CVT transmission, though the latter raises the price to R314,900.
Depending on the choice of gearshift, the crossover will have a fuel consumption of 6.8l to 7.0l/100km, and it can also reach 100km/h in 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 180km/h.
As for its features, the Tiggo has had to sacrifice a few items to reach its lower price point, these being voice commands and synthetic leather upholstery, which has been replaced with “techno” fabric covers.
The number of exterior colours has also been reduced to white, silver, and grey, but the most notable loss is the number of airbags, which have dropped from six to two.
Other than these concessions, the Chery still offers a generous amount of kit including automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloys, keyless entry and start, electric side mirrors, a multifunction steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, four speakers, rear parking sensors, hill assist, ABS, a rearview camera, and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The last change to the package is in its warranty and service plan, as the LiT comes with a reduced 100,000km/5-year warranty and 3-year/30,000km service agreement, in contrast to the 150,000km warranty and 5-year/60,000km service offered on the other models.
Luckily, the 10-year/1-million-kilometre engine warranty is unaffected.
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