The brand new Sports Utility Vehicle from Chery, one of the largest car makers in China, has just finished a six day test drive in Germany. The Tiggo 5x had its debut appearance at the International Automobile Exhibition in September 2017 in Frankfurt.
The Tiggo 5x is considered as an “intelligent, fashionable, high quality SUV”, embodying three advantages in technology, appearance design and function design. The target market of the model is 26 to 35 years old urbanites looking for a high quality car.
Between the 21st and 27th of September, the Chery Tiggo 5x was put through its paces across Germany in a variety of motoring conditions. The test took the Tiggo 5x to Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt and Munich.
The event was organised by Chery, in association with a number of well-known media platforms along with six of China's most popular car websites. But, there was a lot of interest from international media too: Il Giornale, an Italian magazine, and Eir magazine from Germany, along with GBTIMES, teamed up with Chery to take part in the event.
As the cars toured Germany, they received high praise from a variety of German motoring experts and car lovers from across the globe (and social media users, as we'll come to later). While we were in Germany we found that the Tiggo 5x covered distance with ease and comfort.
Powered by a 147 horsepower, 1.5L turbocharged engine, the Tiggo 5x can get up to 100 KPH in just 9.7 seconds, with a top speed of 190 KPH. It’s not just the performance that’s impressive, it’s the software too.
The design fuses East and West, with Chinese design and manufacture and Western software. The SUV is controllable via Android and iOS apps, with features such as remote locking controlled by an application on the driver's phone. There's built-in access to the China Unicom 4G network, with upload speeds that can reach 40 Mbps. And the system reaction is quick, thus the user can enjoy the interface operation. We found it really easy to use the software and, amazingly, it can detect and understand up to dialects, with a correct voice recognition rate of 99%.
The Deputy President of the Bosch Marketing Department, Mr. Gaenzler, said that he thinks that the Chery brand has been very creative in their design, especially in terms of Internet applications, which are bolder than conventional automobiles.
Chery describe the system as a “360-degree intelligent housekeeping system for driving based on cloud technology with an intelligent sensing database”. They say that they hope it will help you achieve seamless connection with mobile internet, personal and practical driving environments, making this the “smartest SUV”.
The Tiggo 5x features McPherson front independent suspension, multi-link rear independent suspension and a double-frame subframe, which has been calibrated by a senior specialist from Lotus. All this together provides a high quality and smooth ride, across a wide range of road conditions.
Chery have said that their mission is “establishing world-class brand”. At the moment they have been China's top passenger vehicle exporter for 14 years in a row. Chery cars are sold in more than 80 countries and regions in the world and have more than 6 million users worldwide. With the introduction of the Tiggo 5x it looks like Chery might achieve their aim.
Here were some of the reactions on Chinese social media: