Aiming to expand its share in the commercial segment, Tata Motors introduced the Xenon Pick-up, which has been designed by Concept - a UK-based company. The Xenon is available in two variants: the XT EX 4X2 and XT EX 4X4. This lifestyle pick-up looks very stylish and robust. Its front end resembles to the Sumo Grande, while it shares the ladder-frame chassis with the Tata 207. It features a chrome grill, headlamps with level adjustment feature, body colored pumpers, prominent wheel arches with well-integrated alloy wheels, side view mirror and rear brake LED light.
The interior of the Xenon’s Grey variant looks identical to the Sumo Grande’s. Material quality isn’t up-to the mark. Steering wheel is chunky. Some features are borrowed from the Safari DiCOR such as the speedometer and gear knob. The buttons and controls layout isn’t practical, and takes time in getting used to. The high seating positing gives better visibility. Seats are comfortable. The front row seats offers ample legroom, while the second row seats are bit congested. The Xenon is well-equipped with various comfort and entertainment features such as stereo system with radio, CD player support and USB connectivity, efficient air conditioning unit, power windows, adjustable tilt steering, power steering, adjustable lumbar support seats, electrically adjustable side rear view mirror and more.
The Xenon is powered by a 2.2-litre DiCOR diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 138.1bhp @ 4000rpm with a healthy torque of 320Nm @ 1750rpm- 2700rpm. It has a displacement capacity of 2179cc. This powertrain features a VTT (Variable turbine technology) and DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft). Based on a highly-efficient G-76, 5/4.1 synchromesh with overdrive, a five-speed manual transmission is mated with the power-unit. It returns a fuel economy of 7kmpl in city and 9-10kmpl on highways, which isn’t an impressive figure. This diesel powertrain is capable to mark 0-100kmpl in 14 to 15 seconds. It’s low on emissions, and compliant latest BS-IV emission norms.
High speed stability and handling are excellent. Ride is comfortable. Suspension system is stiffer to absorb all jerks and shocks. The heavy and responsive steering eases its high speed driving on highways and around corners. However, the city driving is a bit tricky. Features like load-lugging leaf springs, a live axle at the rear and a set of low-range gear ratios distinguish it from the SUVs. Body roll is well-controlled, but cabin insulation needs more work. It has turning radius equal to the Safari, which isn’t an issue. The Tata Xenon is a stylish and powerful lifestyle pick-up, but isn’t easy on pocket.
The Xenon is designed by a UK-based company - Concept. It’s a lifestyle pick-up with chic and aggressive styling. It has twin-cab body construction on ladder-frame chassis. Its front fascia looks identical to the Sumo Grande. The body colored bumpers, a chrome grill, headlamps with level adjustment feature, prominent wheel arches with well-integrated alloy wheels, side view mirror and rear brake LED light enhance its masculine appearance. It is equipped with the 16-inches light alloy wheels with 235/70 R16, 105 S tubeless tyres offering fine grip over the rough roads. Having a large loading bay, it is claimed to carry 550kgs. But, on practical grounds it does perfect with 220kgs only. Tata offers a personalized kit with the pick-up that adds more to its exterior appeal. It includes roof carrier, roof light, chrome rear nudge guard, boot from getting wet and side step. The Xenon is available in four colors: Artic White, Quartz Black, Artic Silver and Mineral Red.
The Xenon offers a spacious and comfortable cabin to sit in. The interior design is inspired by the Sumo Grande, but its grey version only. The dual-tone beige interior feels very airy and bright. Plastic quality could have been better. The speedometer and gear knob are borrowed from the Safari DiCOR. Steering is thick and heavy. One needs time to get used to of the controls and buttons, layout isn’t practical. There is a conventional analog clock that could be replaced with a digital clock. The faux wood finish dashboard panel looks nice.
The high-mounted seats provide great view to road. These are available in dual color combination. The front row seats are very comfortable with a plenty of legroom, but the second row seats feel a bit congested. The Xenon is loaded with several features such as stereo system with radio, CD player support and USB connectivity, efficient air conditioning unit, power windows, adjustable tilt steering, power steering, adjustable lumbar support seats, electrically adjustable side rear view mirror and more.
Engine and Transmission
Powering the Xenon is a 2.2-litre DiCOR diesel engine that develops a peak power of 138.1bhp @ 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 320Nm @ 1750rpm- 2700rpm. It offers a displacement of 2179cc. It is boosted with a VTT (Variable turbine technology) and DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft). A five-speed manual transmission is based on a highly-efficient G-76, 5/4.1 synchromesh with overdrive, which is coupled with this engine. Fuel efficiency could be better. It offers a mileage of 7kmpl in city and 9-10kmpl on highways. It can achieve 0-100kmpl in 14 to 15 seconds. It meets the latest BS-IV emission norms.
Performance and Handling
Ride is comfortable, and suspension setup (an independent double wishbone type of suspension on front axle and parabolic leaf springs on rear axle) socks all the jerks and bumps effortlessly. Its high-speed stability and griping on rough roads are fantastic. Engine is smooth and responsive. The steering is heavy that helps with drivability on highways at high speed. However, the bulky body-built and steering make its city drives a bit tricky. Body roll is well-controlled, and turning radius is tight. Engine and tyre noise is audible inside the cabin. Insulation seriously needs an improvement.
Braking performance of the Xenon could have been better. The brake pedal requires a sturdy push to stop the car’s speed. The hydraulic brakes with the ventilated disc brakes with twin-pot calipers on front wheels and drum brakes on rear wheels enhance to braking abilities. The advanced ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) helps to handle the panic braking situations, but it doesn’t come loaded with pick-up.
Powered with a 2.2-litre DiCOR diesel engine with VTT (Variable turbine technology) and DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft), the Xenon doesn’t mark an impact when it comes to fuel efficiency. It is combined with a five-speed manual transmission based on a highly-efficient G-76, 5/4.1 synchromesh with overdrive, it returns a fuel economy of 7kmpl in city and 9-10kmpl on highways.
Focusing on the safety aspect of the pick-up, Tata Motors equipped it with various advanced safety features such as ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) and front brakes with bigger brake disc and calipers with twin pot. Along with this, it gets door intrusion beam, immobilizer, door open alarm, LSD limited slip differential, child lock on rear door, adjustable three point seat and lap belts, seat belt unfasten warning, anti-submarine seats, door open ajar warning, anti-glare rear view mirror, high mount stop lamp, provision for child seat anchorage on rear wall, collapsible steering column, rear and front fog light and few more.
The Tata Xenon is a lifestyle utility vehicle with great styling, spacious cabin and powerful engine. The interior packaging and equipments create a comfortable cabin. Interior design is sporty, and feels very bright and airy. Engine is swift and smooth. Fuel efficiency isn’t impressive. Ride is balanced and firm. The Xenon is an ideal pick for the pick-up enthusiast who wants to do things in a great style.
Tata Xenon Vs Mahindra Getaway
The Tata Xenon looks very aggressive and sporty. Its front styling is the Sumo Grande inspired. The 16-inches alloy wheels with tubeless radial tyres not only enhance its side profile, but provide strong grip over the roads as well. The Mahindra Getaway is a truly masculine and premium pick-up. The new “low-drag intake” bonnet, revised fog lamps and high-intensity add more to its sporty appearance. The Scorpio Getaway is certainly a more appealing product for the pick-up enthusiast.
The Xenon is spacious, comfortable and well-equipped from inside. High-mounted seats offer better driving position. The front row passengers get more space to stretch their legs, but the rear row seats are limited with it. The interior of Scorpio Getaway is very plush and comfortable. What adds more to its interior appeal and comfort are the dual tone interior with premium fabric drapes, Black Allure/ Tan & Beige upholstery and seats with “Body pressure mapping” technology. The Scorpio Getaway has an exquisite and more luxurious interior than the Xenon.
The Xenon’s 2.2-litre, DICOR diesel engine produces more power and torque than the Scorpio Getaway’s 2609cc, SZ CRDe, 4-stroke, turbocharged diesel engine. On fuel efficiency front, neither the Xenon is a good performer nor the Scorpio Getaway. In terms of ride quality and handling, the Xenon is relatively more promising than the Scorpio Getaway. However, the engine refinement levels of the Scorpio Getaway’s diesel are better than the Xenon’s.
Both the pick-ups are available with optional 4x4. Offering a comfortable and well-equipped interior, nice styling, a powerful engine and better driving dynamics, the Tata Xenon makes a great deal. However, its pricing might repulse the budget-tight buyers.
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