September 27, 2013 : Tata Motors has launched the new generation Xenon XT in South Africa. The vehicle has 4 different variants - Single Cab (4x4), Single Cab (4x4), Double Cab (4x2) and Double Cab (4x4). It comes equipped with various features such as navigation, Bluetooth, dual airbags, ABS, differential lock, and limited slip differential. This model series is powered by a new generation 2.2-litre VTT DiCOR engine that develops 147bhp and 320Nm of top torque. It also features various comfort and entertainment options such as radio, MP3, bucket seats with armrests, tiltable steering column and others.
EX 4X2 (Discontinued)
2179 cc, Manual, Diesel, 13.49 kmpl
EX 4X4 (Discontinued)
2179 cc, Manual, Diesel, 13.49 kmpl
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Tata Xenon XT is one model series that can be a perfect example of what this manufacturer is capable of producing in the segment of off-roading vehicles. This is made to look very rough, but at the same time surprises the users for the kind of gentle furnishing that it is provided with on the inside. The engine that is incorporated into this vehicle is very efficient which generates a power of 138.08bhp and a torque output of about 320Nm and the five speed manual transmission gearbox kicks up this vehicle up to 160 Kmph speed. In order to boost the efficiency of its performance, an anti-lock braking system along with an electronic brake-force distribution is embedded into this vehicle. This is a sure sign of its capacity in handling all kinds of roads quite effortlessly. The mileage too stands in tune with the rest of the advantages, which is a crucial factor in determining one's pick in the stable of other offerings. The exteriors are decorated with body colored bumpers, chrome radiator grille, external mirrors with turn indicators. Moreover, the roof rails and boot lid are designed very stylishly which compliment the vehicle's overall image. This series is offered in four colors out of which two are lighter shades and the other two are darker shades. The insides comprise of dual tone theme interiors, a trendy instrument cluster, stylish seats and a lot of automated functions as well. The external mirrors along with fuel lid can be electronically operated and the seats have lumbar support and height adjustable seatbelts. There is huge boot space with an open lid and can be extended further by folding the second row seats. This is a huge benefit in undertaking long journeys with massive baggage. An air-conditioning unit, a music system and an instrument panel with multiple indicators are a few to list among many other desirable elements that are offered. The company offers this vehicle a warranty of about two years or 75,000 kilometers, whichever is earlier. Furthermore, there is an option of extending this warranty period for upto one or two years at an additional cost.
This vehicle is designed in such a way that it portrays a rugged image in order to appeal the buyers of the off-roading segment. The very first look at the frontage will give a sense of edginess due to the wide grille that it possesses. This grille comprises of three strips that are placed horizontally and are painted in chrome. This is further embedded with a badge that has the company name displayed on it. On the either sides of this grille, there are a pair of headlight clusters fitted. This comprise of bright headlamps and also turn indicators within it. There is a bumper right below this which is in the body color and is very stylish as well to look at. The wide air dam that is right below has large spaces within to filter the air to and fro the engine and hence help in cooling down the engine constantly. There are fog lamps that are fixed on both the sides of the bumper which assist in providing much clearer visibility. The bonnet has a downward inclination and a few carved lines can be seen over it which are designed to make the vehicle look trendy. The windscreen is quite large and a pair of wipers are attached to it which help in keeping the glass clean at all times, either dust, mist or rain. When it comes to the roof, a couple of rails are affixed onto it that can support the baggage. There is an antenna that is fitted on the roof which will serve in assisting the radio tuner in receiving signals. The side profile too is very much in tune with the rest of the vehicle. It has body colored handles on the outside of the doors and the outside rear view mirrors too are painted in the body color to make the vehicle be uniform in its appearance. These external mirrors also have side indicators affixed to them. The B-pillars are of black tape which adds to the diverse appeal that it already possess. Moreover, the entire look of the vehicle has been enhanced by fitting a set of alloy wheels. The rear windscreen too is vast and has a demister integrated to it. The bumper at the rear end too is in body color and the taillight cluster comprises of multi-focal reflectors. The boot lid has a reflector and a handle which is in the body color. The under guard is painted in silver for a much richer appeal.
This off-roading vehicle is designed with perfect dimensions that are expected of it by its users. It has an overall length of about 5125mm and a total width of around 1880mm. It stands at a good height of 1833mm which is impressive. The cargo area has a capacity of taking in the load that would accommodate pretty large quantities. The wheelbase is massive, measuring about 3150mm and this greatly helps in improving the spaciousness inside the cabin. The minimum turning radius is of 6 meters, which is very convenient for the driver. This vehicle has a gross weight of about 2500 Kgs.
Ed's take: The interiors of the Xenon XT aren’t extremely plush and even the plastics are hard. But there is sufficient space in this pick-up to accommodate four without much of a squeeze.
The inside of the compartment is very effectively designed in order to accommodate five occupants with great comfort. The seats that are fitted into the cabin are very cushiony and trendy to look at as well. These seats have adjustable lumbar support facility to them that is a great benefit to all the occupants. There is a steering wheel which is wrapped up in leather. The central console is furnished with faux wood material. This gives a touch of an antiquity to the cabin. The instrument cluster has a graphic display functionality to it. The floor carpet in the compartment is of dark beige tone and gives a stylish effect all over. A lot of storage spaces too are provided inside for the sake of handy stuff. A cigarette lighter and an ashtray offered in the cabin for the sake of preference users. On the floor console, there is a 12V power outlet that is available. This can be utilized in order to charge any small electronic devices. Along with a tachometer and a tripmeter, there is an analog clock that is fixed in the instrument cluster which is trendy looking. This instrument panel has a facility to adjust the light intensity of it. The second row seats can be completely foldable. There is a roof lamp as well as a map lamp for the convenience of the driver. The front windscreen has a sunshade band to it in-order to reduce the intensity of the heat and light that penetrates inside. There are seatbelts fitted and the front belts are height adjustable. There is a sun visor that is fitted on the driver side of the screen.
There are a lot of features incorporated into the cabin of this model series that serve as a comfort factor. For the sake of entertainment, there is a music system integrated that has a radio tuner, a CD player and a USB port as well. To regulate the temperature of the cabin, an air-conditioning unit is fitted, which has a heater facility too to it. Furthermore, there is a pollen filter that is available to this unit. The driver's effort is reduced to a greater extent by offering power steering function. Furthermore, the steering is tilt adjustable for better convenience. Both the front as well as the rear doors are integrated with power windows which have a one touch down switch on the driver and co-driver side. The rear windscreen has a defogger integrated to it. Instead of the conventional access, this vehicle is bestowed with a keyless entry and along with it, thee is a central locking system too that is made available for extra comfort. There are cup holders in the central console and along with it there are bottle holders plus magazine pockets in the door trims. The outside rear view mirrors can be heated and this helps in clearing the view in the mornings and also in the misty climate. These mirrors can be electronically adjustable from the comfort of the cabin itself. The fuel lid too can be remote controlled. The ignition keyhole and the window switches have an illumination that helps in clear visibility in the dark as well as a generates a lighting effect inside the cabin as a decorative aspect.
Due to the generous wheelbase that is offered by the company, this model series has its compartment well designed with spacious seating. This can accommodate five persons with great comfort. The leg room is quite convenient which doesn't allow contact of the seats or the dashboard with the legs of the occupants. The friction between the passengers is almost nil owing to the shoulder room. The cabin is big enough to accommodate even the tall persons very comfortably. The fuel tank can hold an amount of 65 litres, which is very much helpful in undertaking long journeys.
Ed's take: The acceleration produced by this oil burner is good, infact it is the torque that is more vital here.
A five-speed manual transmission gear box is incorporated within this model series, which will enable the vehicle to display a great performance. It can surpass the mark of 100 Kmph with the range of 15 to 17 seconds. And then, it also displays a potential of reaching a top speed of 160 to 165 Kmph.
Ed's take: The engine and performance of the Xenon XT is good, especially when the turbo spools at about 1900rpm.
The entire performance of a vehicle is based on the proficiency of its motor's capacity. Especially, when it is in case of an off-roading vehicle, the buyers expect a far more promising equipment. This model series is integrated with a 2.2-litre Dicor diesel engine which has a displacement capacity of around 2179cc. This is incorporated with four cylinders and sixteen valves, which are based on a dual overhead camshaft valve system, which is associated with a variable turbine technology. It is run by a common rail direct injection fuel supply system, which enables this vehicle to squeeze out a decent mileage of 13.49 Kmpl on the highways and settles down at 10.24 Kmpl under city conditions. This engine has a capability to produce a maximum power of about 138.08bhp. Its efficiency in generating a peak torque output of 320Nm at the range of about 1750 to 2700rpm. This vehicle is incorporated with a five-speed manual transmission gearbox.
Ed's take: The Xenon’s 2.2-litre DiCOR returns an efficiency of 10-11km to a litre.
This model series is incorporated with a diesel engine that is associated with a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. This allows this motor to deliver a mileage of about 10.24 Kmpl in the cities and around 13.49 Kmpl on freeways.
Ed's take: The 140bhp DiCOR power is sufficient on paper, and this is the same oil burner that powers the Safari DiCOR.
This vehicle is offered with equipment that helps in delivering a great amount of power and therefore make this series an efficient one to rely upon while riding off the roads. This has dual overhead camshaft valve train system within which there are four cylinders and sixteen valves. It has a capacity in producing a power output of 138.08bhp and can generate a peak torque of 320NM at 1750 to 2700rpm range.
Ed's take: The stereo and accessories offered on the Xenon are sufficient as it has music system with aux and USB connectivity and power windows.
There is a music system that is fixed in the cabin of this series, which is proficient and is versatile in supporting multiple players. This audio unit has an integrated radio tuner along with a CD player and a USB port available within it. However, the user can personalize the vehicle with all the features that one wishes for by choosing the features by preference. A bed liner on the open deck can be of great use in avoiding damages to the floor and also have a comfortable seating if chosen. This area can be further covered by equipping a boot lid cover to it which will protect the baggage from heat, dust and rain. Apart from these, there can be additional accessories such as roof spoilers, nudge guards and side steps. Since it is an off-roading based vehicle, mud flaps can be fitted for avoiding any damage to the vehicle's outer image. Moreover, in order to improve the external appearance, body graphics can be used to decorate the exteriors. These facilities can be availed at an additional cost from authorized dealers.
It is equipped with vacuum assisted independent hydraulic brakes. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes with twin pot caliper. On the other hand, the rear wheels are fixed with drum brakes which are auto adjusting type. When it comes to the suspension, an independent double wishbone is integrated to the front axle, whereas, the rear axle is accompanied by parabolic leaf springs. The braking mechanism efficiency is much more improved by equipping an anti-lock braking system which is further accompanied by an electronic brake-force distribution. This will provide the vehicle with firmer grip over all kinds of roads and also offers the driver to have better control over the drive.
The safety aspect of this model series is very well furbished with multiple elements. These mechanisms not only provide protection to the vehicle, but also offer safety to the passengers in it as well. The doors are integrated with intrusion beams, which will avoid the impact of the collision or intrusion by foreign objects from outside. This feature will reduce the intensity of the injuries to the occupants and damage to the vehicle at the same time. There is an immobilizer incorporated into this vehicle, which will serve in avoiding thefts of this vehicle. This is achieved by freezing the engine when detecting any tampering of the vehicle and thus makes it impossible to access any further. Braking mechanism is very crucial in any vehicle and especially in the off-roading vehicles, which will be expected to perform well ruggedly on uneven roads. This is made possible by equipping an advanced equipment such as an anti-lock braking system and along with it an electronic brake-force distribution is accompanied for enhancing the braking system. This whole mechanism will help in gaining a better grip over any kind of roads and further helps in improving the control over the vehicle. A door open alarm is available in both the trims, which is helpful in alerting the occupants regarding the threat and it is quite a safety element. Additionally, there is a door ajar warning too provided for added security. The rear doors are integrated with child safety locks, which will avoid any unauthorized exit by the children. The feature of limited slip differential is offered in this series, which assists the vehicle in having control, while on roads with inclination and avoids slipping any which way. To further enhance the braking system, the front wheels are fitted with disc brakes, which are bigger and also twin pot calipers. These wheels are further covered with tubeless tyres, which add to the overall safety of this vehicle. The protection of its occupants is ensured by the three point seat belts, which are accompanied by a child belt as well. Further, the seat belt unfastened warning too is offered in order to alert the driver. The fuel gauge is accompanied by a low fuel warning indicator which is very useful. The inside rear view mirror is offered with an anti-glare effect to it. Both the variants are fitted with a pair of fog lamps at the front as well as at its rear . These lamps help in providing a clear vision which is very necessary for a driver in order to avoid errors in driving. At the rear end, a high mount stop lamp is fitted onto the windscreen which is helpful in acknowledging the other vehicles about this vehicle's presence even from far off distances too. The steering column is of collapsible nature which will restrain the driver to bump into the steering wheel during a crash and avoids fatal injuries thereof. The headlamps can be electronically adjusted which is very useful to the driver when in necessity. And then, there are submarine seats that are integrated into which the occupants can fit in without slipping out of them.
The tyres' efficiency of an off-roading vehicle is very important and this has been addressed well by the manufacturers. By integrating this vehicle with a set of tubeless tyres, it reduces the chances of the tyres getting punctured and hence act as a safety aspect. The tyres are of size 235/70 R16 and are associated with stylish alloy wheels which are of 16 inches size. As a standard feature, there is a full size spare wheel that is offered by the company, which is accompanied by a tool kit which will be useful in need of changing a flat tyre.
1. Safety quotient is well taken care of.
2. A lot many features are offered for comfort.
3. External appearance is quite appealing.
4. Interiors are very well furnished.
5. Performance makes it a compelling choice.
1. Leather upholstery can be added.
2. Could be offered in few more shades.
3. Price range can be more reasonable.
4. The engine noise can be upsetting.
5. Fuel economy could be improved further.