Chery Tiggo 4 Pro is now available for purchase in Pakistan, thanks to Ghandhara Nissan Limited (GNL). Pakistan's ever-vigorous automobile community has begun debating the country's destiny.
While it competes in international markets against a number of subcompact SUVs, it only has two direct opponents in Pakistan: the MG ZS and the Kia Stonic. While the Peugeot 2008 is in the same class, it is too pricey.
Both the Stonic and the ZS were warmly received by Pakistanis since they were significantly more affordable than their larger cousins, the Kia Sportage and the MG HS. Will they, however, be able to preserve their market dominance following the release of Tiggo 4 Pro? Let's take a closer look at each of the three SUVs to see what we can learn:
While the Tiggo 8 Pro's design isn't revolutionary, it does have a contemporary feel to it.
A characteristic Tiggo series diamond grille, automated LED headlamps, modern Twin-Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) on either side, an imposing front bumper, and a tall bonnet with a few sharp lines can all be seen in the front.
It has a boxy and traditional side profile with a few extravagant stylistic features like darker alloy wheels, red highlights, brushed aluminum roof rails, and a few strong character lines.
The layout of the backend is likewise quite standard. Aside from a sporty rear bumper with false twin exhaust cutouts, a scuff plate-esque trim piece at the bottom, LED taillights, and a tailgate spoiler, the Tiggo 4 Pro looks acceptable but not gorgeous.
The design of Stonic is understated but whimsical. LED headlights with quad-DRLs (only in EX+), a tiger-nose grille coated in silver and piano black (matte black in EX), a sleek and contemporary front bumper, and a sharp bonnet are all part of the front fascia.
The Stonic's side profile is comparable to that of a typical crossover, with a lofty stance, functional roof rails on top, 15-inch or 16-inch alloy wheels (depending on the model), body-colored door handles, and a matte-black garnish on the bottom side that gives it a tough appearance.
Stonic has a similar taillight design to the Sportage, but without the middle red stripe, a comparable tailgate, a spoiler on top, and a matte-black rear bumper with a silver trim-piece in the center.
Overall, the Stonic is a cute little crossover SUV with a lot of personality.
The clean lines and graceful appearance of the MG ZS are similar to those of the HS. An imposing front grille, attractive headlamps, a beautiful front bumper, and a smooth, sleek bonnet characterize the front fascia.
Sharp character lines, roof rails on top, silver anti-bump strips on the bottom, and a high beltline that extends upwards towards the back define the side profile. The ZS has a classy flair thanks to silver stripes around the windows and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The back end resembles Stonic's, with an almost identical tailgate. For a sporty appeal, both cars have a comparable spoiler and tailgate design, as well as a forward-leaning rear window.
Nonetheless, thanks to its subtle and sophisticated style, the ZS is a better-looking SUV altogether.
The inside of the Tiggo 4 Pro is nearly identical to that of the Tiggo 8 Pro, which is a good thing. It also boasts a basic dash design that is made sportier by the color combination of red, grey, and black. Tiggo 4 Pro includes silver and piano black trim pieces, enormous displays, and stitched leather, much like its larger sibling.
It's a subcompact crossover SUV with adequate interior space to comfortably accommodate up to five passengers. Overall, it features a fantastic interior that is sleek, elegant, and functional.
The interior of the Stonic, like that of many Kia vehicles, is basic and utilitarian. The design and layout are simple and straightforward. Although there are a lot of scratchy plastics in the interior, it is really dependable.
Despite being a compact SUV, the Stonic provides ample capacity for four adults to sit comfortably. Three people may sit in the rear seat, but only for short trips.
The inside of the MG ZS is also superior. The inside is primarily inspired by European high-end automobiles, with finer materials like leatherette trimmed seats and silver trim bits strewn throughout.
A premium appearance and feel is provided by chromed circular vents, an attractive steering wheel design, a smart-looking central control stack, and silver door latches.
In Pakistan, the Tiggo 4 Pro offers only one engine option: a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 145 horsepower and 210 Newton-meters of torque, which is solely sent to the front wheels through a CVT automatic transmission.
It has McPherson struts in the front and semi-independent coil springs in the rear. With Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) technology, the SUV sports disc brakes on all four wheels.
Although real-time data may vary, Chery says that the Tiggo 8 Pro offers a fuel efficiency of about 15 kilometers per liter.
Stonic is available in Pakistan with only one powertrain: a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 98 horsepower and 133 Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends all of the power to the front wheels.
It has McPherson struts in the front and torsion bar coil-spring suspension in the back for suspension. It also includes front and rear disc brakes with anti-lock brakes.
The 1.4L model has a remarkable fuel economy of 14 km/l in the city and 18 km/l on the highway, according to many road tests conducted across the world. However, considering Pakistan's congested traffic and poor fuel quality, the figures may differ.
The ZS comes with a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that develops 106 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque and is coupled to a 4-speed Aisin automated transmission that only transmits power to the front wheels in Pakistan.
The suspension of the car is made up of McPherson struts in the front and torsion bar coil-spring suspension in the back. It also boasts ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist (BA) technology on all four wheels.
The ZS is estimated to get 10–12 kilometers per liter in the city and 13–15 kilometers per liter on the highway, which are good numbers for a crossover SUV.